Month: November 2012

An amazing story.

I just woke with a start, how long did I sleep for? Surely Keith wouldn't let me snore in the tour car?We're in the mountains a million miles from Bangkok. It's lush and green, the white clouds rest lazily on the top of the mountains softening the horizon. There are fields of foliage strange to our eyes, tall stems of sago, green melons on bamboo stakes and statuesque sugar cane. Huge teak trees provide a canopy of shade for the small "sell everything" stalls. You can buy a banana or a bottle of milk….In early  days we bought ice cold coke in a plastic bag held tight with a rubber band and a string handle that also served to anchor the drinking straw. I love these little cafes, you can pull the car up to the side of the road, hop out and sit on red plastic chairs and a table with a plastic cloth….and the owner will cook you a most delicious meal  in a matter of minutes all for the price of a …

EEEEEEEK

Darn it… Yesterday I downloaded my photos, and Iphoto crashed… I have all the photos on Ipad with the exception of yesterday but…its frustrating… Apple says I have to ring them… but that's a bit hard from Thailand.!!! Oh well, I guess I'll work something out. I've managed to get these photos done. My poor camera… it hates the humidity. It was Loi Krathong yesterday and it takes place on the evening of the full moon of the 12th month in the traditional Thai lunar calendar. In the western calendar this usually falls in November.Loi means 'to float', while krathong refers to a usually lotus-shaped container which floats on the water. The traditional krathong are made of the layers of the trunk of a banana tree or a spider lily plant. Modern krathongs are more often made of bread or styrofoam. A bread krathong will disintegrate after a few days and can be eaten by fish. Banana stalk krathong are also biodegradable, but styrofoam krathongs are sometimes banned, as they pollute the rivers and may …

Tell a story with photos.

This is my fav photo from yesterday. Nothing fancy, shot with my small point and shoot. I have cameras that cost 1000's of dollars and my small one just $500. Its the composition that makes the difference and the fact that I almost put the camera in the darn flower. I love this one too… not fancy but it has impact. I would have preferred to have the image of the Buddha on the right and the lotus flower offering on the left. But that's not the way it was situated… so I made the best of it. Photos are a wonderful way to tell a story.

Fashion at the weekend market in Bangkok… off the shelf.

Last night the internet was so slow, it took 5 minutes to download a photo. So here up am up at 4.00 (now 5.30) so I have access to faster internet. I mentioned that I visited the weekend market on Sunday. Its an exciting place to visit for many reasons, but I've not seen any info on the net that describes it as an outlet for young designers. If you venture deep into the bowels of the market, and walk along some of the small darker inner alleys you will find a wealth of creativity. Some of the creations are not the style I like, …. but nevertheless, they are creative. I found one such designer and I was blown away by her creations. This is one of 10 garments I purchased. First of all I don't ever wear patterned fabric, but this is quite neutral and I can accessorize in bright colors so I opted to purchase this one…. Its a bit 'flowing' which also adds to the bulk of the body…. but, its …

Amazing Designs

The majority of people who read my blog are quilters, or at least people interested in color, design and creativity. So this blog is for you today.   Images are in a separate album A few months ago I shared photos of a building in Sydney that had the most wonderful tiles on the floor. But today I'm going to feature the amazing tiles of the Grand Palace Bangkok. Well, today was sensory overload for even the most creative  person. Its years since I've been to the grand Palace here in Bangkok, and let me explain, Keith and I have been here over 20 times. So today was the day to rekindle our knowledge and it's fun just getting there…. We had to catch the shuttle boat from our hotel, then a fast boat along with 100's of other travelers down to the Palace, and then walk through the market to the gates of the Palace. There is so much to see. Hawkers line either side of the pavement. Some just had a small cloth …

Capturing the day update.

  Goodness, I was so tired last night… I fell asleep on the computer… XXXXXXXXXX Lucky I didn't get Key rash… I've added a visual journal page  to my web page…. It's not compulsory of course but I know some of my friends like to 'see what I see.' Its really hot today…but it will rain later on… so we are off to the Palace and Wat Pho  

Capture the day Fabrics, Food and fun at the market.

So back to normal with the blog… I guess many of you have been to Bangkok, but it changes so much you need to come regularly. Its so different from the first time we came 1975. That was when we came to pick up our first Thai Son Joshua… he was 3lb…. and the most beautiful baby I had seen. At that time, the adoption agency placed us in a not very salubrious hotel the actually turned out to be a brothel. Now we stay in a 5 star hotel not too far from the Maya Guest house that we stayed in originally. There has been a bit of political strife here…but we were a short distance away. Today we decided to visit the Weekend Market. The 35-acre (68-rai) area of Chatuchak is home to more than 8,000 market stalls. On a typical weekend, more than 200,000 visitors come here to sift through the goods on offer. its worth a visit…. and this gal is glowing. If you know where to venture you can find …

An Article we should all comment on.

This editorial needled me this morning. Museum needles taxpayers A quilt museum may seem like an ideal summer vacation destination for the Waltons, Aunt Bee or Ma Ingalls, but quilting fails to hold the interest of most Americans today. Since department stores carry a wide selection of affordable bedding, and special memories can be recorded by photographs and videos rather than by laboring over scraps of cloth, quilts have become largely irrelevant in modern culture. It's too bad for taxpayers that irrelevancy didn't stop lawmakers from dumping taxpayers' hard-earned money into subsidizing a quilt museum in Lincoln, Neb. — including hundreds of thousands of federal tax dollars supplied by residents of the Chattanooga area who will never visit the boondoggle. The International Quilt Study Center and Museum maintains a stash of 3,500 quilts, which is believed to be the largest collection of quilts in the world. In addition to storing, preserving, studying and promoting quilts and quiltmaking, the museum also features a patchwork of quilt-focused lectures and exhibits. Examples of the museum's presentations include, "Kit …

Yay.

Just arrived in Bangkok. I need a shower and sleep and I'm hungry.!! …. and I can now use my  original blog. It seems Type pad is blocked in Dubai for some reason.I didn't even want to open it… I didn't want to do anything wrong.   It was raining when we left Hong Kong this morning.. We slept little on the plane and arrived in HK around 1.00 am We had to wait for 5 hours for our flight to Bangkok. I laid down and the seat and went to sleep in the lounge, I woke freezing cold. How embarrassing. Hong Kong is an interesting airport to fly out of!!! The clouds were stunning today, huge thunderclouds which we flew over, beside and through.!!!