The Empty Spools Quilting Retreat begins.



Mid afternoon.



I think that’s the wonderful thing about an event like this. People describe it as their escape, their yearly therapy session…. I don’t know, I just think it’s a lot of fun spending 10 days with a super group of people gathered here in this wonderful place.

As an aside, today I watched a woodpecker on the tree, and I saw whales  in the ocean. Very close to the shore. Amazing.

My favorite sight was a row of crows…. A murder of crows. The term “murder” was used to describe a flock of crows as far back as the 15th century, according to the Oxford English Dictionary. (Here’s a spine-chilling version from 1475: “A morther of crowys.”) There was a time once in England when it was fashionable to coin words for groups of animals based on their qualities, whether perceived or real. Hence we have a pride of lions, a gaggle of geese, and a murder of crows. Lions were thought to be regal beasts, so they got a proud name. Geese were noisy, flocking creatures, so their group name reflects that. Crows were thought to be loud, thieving birds. so their group name reflects those traits.



So as I write, very soon about 300 ladies will be arriving here at Asilomar. There is a lot of smiling chatting and animated conversation. Ladies are toting large bags full of goodies, cases roll to the beat of sneaker clad feet and the expectation is high.

I just smile and say ‘Thank you’

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  1. Marion McIntyre says:

    Hi Pam. I have just finished a two day workshop with Roz at the helm. We were all very pleased with our Geraldine Giraffes. I still have to complete the quilting and am very inspired to try using my own photos/drawings with the same techniques. Thankyou for your beautifully planned workshop.

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