Month: November 2018

A few hours in Narita.

  Yesterday, we had a short one day stop over in Japan en route  to Bangkok. We were supposed to have a day and a half, but leaving ones passport in a hire car put paid to that unfortunately and rescheduling gave us less time to explore. Traveling from the USA to Bangkok, our fare was booked as a one world round the world fare and this leg was with JAL Japan airlines. So we took the opportunity to visit a very special person we hadn’t seen for 23 year. Short but sweet. everything eventually fell into place. As I mentioned we stayed at the Hilton Narita. A large hotel born of the Hilton standard of excellence. They offered a shuttle to and from the airport and also shuttles to local train and bus stations and we took advantage of that. It’s a great service. Our shuttle took us to the bus station in the city of Narita where we met Rimi our host student of several decades back.  Then a short walk to a …

Spaghetti for Breakfast.

  One of the things about travel… specially in the USA is that I can make one purchased meal last for three meals. Lunch at Olive Garden yesterday provided dinner and breakfast this morning. Yes, spaghetti for breakfast this morning. I stay in hotels for a large part of the year and I like to have a microwave and a fridge in my room… that means I can be self contained. I can’t come at eggs and sausages that taste like plastic. I can also make a toasted cheese sandwich in my room… just bring a little aluminium foil in your case.

The little niggling things that pop up during travel.

8.30 am and we’ve had high drama this morning. We had a 6.00 am flight, so I set the alarm at 3.15 to leave for the airport at 4.00. All dressed, bags packed and I couldn’t find my passport folder. It’s always in my handbag but there was no sight of it. Unpack the four backs and two hand luggage cases. No sight. Look under the settee, under the bed. (I did find another remote!) Call Qantas in Australia and tell them we need to change flights and we have re-booked. We had a small sporty car and Enterprise offered to change it for a larger one last night. so we could fit our luggage in for the flight, which we did. But I left my passport folder in the locked glove box because we were sight seeing on the day we shifted hotels two days ago and I didn’t want to carry it with me. Sure I should have checked it last night. But the car yard would still have been closed. Had we …

Working

This is a new format from Word Press.   I’m going to use it now on the new Ipad.  This is my third Ipad pro and its by far the most interesting to use.   So I pass the oldest one to my husband and I can actually use two at the same time…. do I need to, well sort of, it’s handy to have three screens.  I began the day by drawing these parrots for a project, I am influenced by the wonderful illustrations I saw on walls at the Craft Museum in Delhi. Green parrots are everywhere, even in the city… they are seen all over India, but this picture taken at the craft Museum was my inspiration. I like the bird and the flower, but the leaves are too heavy so I will work on them.

People, Portraits and Figures. Winners and my picks.

People, portraits, and figures, sponsored by the Grace Company. First Place.     Second Place, graphically portrayed with fabric.   Third Place. Makes me smile. I love this quilt. The portrait has an amazing command. I want to look at it over and over again. Judges Choice. Strong emotion.  

Quilts from the International Quilt Festival.

  I have so many quilts to share with you and so little time before we begin our next adventure. It’s so interesting going to Houston and walking around the quilt exhibition. Have you walked the aisles and seen a new technique and suddenly thought well why didn’t I think of that? Then on the other hand some of the quilts and ideas look very familiar.! I love to look at the use of colour, the quilting and the expert techniques the makers employ. I think it gives me an idea as to the personality of the maker. Then again when I look at some of the quilts in detail, some Carnival by Beth Nufer of Brookings Oregon USA with Clem Buzic. This quilt won a second place in the pieced large section. How did she piece that? and the shading is amazing. This Quilt won a third place.  I thing it is visibly stunning, imagine making all of those little flying geese.   One of my favourites, the use of colour and the integration …