Thursday, September 20, 2018

Getting back to sewing and artwork

Oh my, it’s been a while since I posted! It may be the longest I’ve ever been away from my blog. We had a very busy August with our trip to PEI and then to Moncton for a wedding. And then we took our big trip to Nfld for 12 days in early September.

I can’t even begin to describe how wonderful it was. The weather was perfect and we hiked some spectacular trails along the edges of steep rocky cliffs with awesome views. Can you believe those colors!

We flew to St. John’s where we picked up our rental car. Our itinerary was done by a company called Vision Atlantic. Crossing the province form east to west, we stayed in B and B’s or Inns, spending 2 nights in each place.

Here at the Ferryland Lighthouse outside St. John’s, we had the most delicious picnic lunch given to us in a basket along with a blanket to sit and eat where we wanted.

The colors were so vibrant and views so full of energy that it was hard to come even close to capturing in my journal. 

This is the view from the hilltop garden in the Fishers Inn in Port Rexton, our second stop on the tour

A beach nearby.

We even were lucky to catch some puffins just before their migration. They are so comical that they hardly seem real.

In Twillingate we stayed in a B and B under the eaves on the 3rd floor in a very spacious room with ensuite bath which gav3 us a lovely view of the water and allowed cool breezes to drift in at night.

Here we hiked on 2 different trails and attended a dinner theatre.

We made our way to Gros Morne and checked into a small Inn on a little cove.

On our First day we had a boat trip up the fjord. The guide told us that one of the tallest rock masses there is taller than the CN tower. The caribou actually climb these rocky  mountains and swim across the river for greener pastures on the tops of other mountains.

There were many waterfall along the way.

Our last stop in Nfld before we flew out of Deer lake was at the end of 5 hour drive north  to St Anthony’s and L’Anse aux Meadows where there was a Viking settlement thought to be the first in North America.

A 3/4 scale Viking replica built in Greenland and sailed to Nfld in 1996.

It’s so hard to sum up the trip in a few photos and words! The people were so friendly, the landscapes and flora and fauna so beautiful. This is the rare bakeapple that I spied near L’Anse aux meadows, slightly tart, tasting a wee bit like an apricot and a bit seedy. I loved them, my husband didn’t like the seeds. Bake apple and partridge berry preserves and desserts were served almost everywhere we stopped. 

Is it any wonder that I’ve collapsed this week? While we were away the carpenter came and put in my second window to finish my studio Reno, so I had lots of drywall dust and such to clean before moving my machines back in. But it is oh so worth it.

Just imagine the sun coming through in winter.

I’m trying as usual to finish a couple things. This little kit has been cut out and ready to sew for a while.

I can really use it for carrying all my assessories to my sewing days. It’s about time I get it done.

While I think about a new piece of fiber art (there are so many pics to chose from ) I’m finally going to add the finishing touches to my surfer which you can just barely see on the ironing board above.
In the meantime I started an on line course called Draw and See by Rebecca Sower.  I love her work and saw the ad for it before my trip. It is a fun course and I’m learning some new skills — I’m trying to loosen up in my sketches and my work and see things in a new way. It is priced very reasonably with ample instruction videos.

This is a sample of what I’ve done so far.

You may think I’ve been pretty busy but I’m really still dragging and find myself flopped on the sofa a good part of the afternoon and evening which is one reason why I could write this post. I sewed some this morning but after lunch gave in to a catnip and then decided to write.


PaintedThread said...

Looks like a lovely trip. The colors are wonderful. So many pretty places.

Quilting Babcia said...

So much beauty and inspiration in those photographs! Your new studio windows are amazing.

Mystic Quilter said...

Good to read your post, I've been lax lately with blogging but you had a wonderful excuse with your trip. Thanks for sharing these stunning photos with us, the accomodation you had along the way looks perfect. Lucky you having the extra window, such a pleasure to have heaps of light for textile work.

Linda H said...

Welcome back! What a marvellous trip you had to Nfld. I’m a wee bit envious. It is the only province I haven’t visited, I do hope to get there one day... your photos are spectacular. You certainly covered a lot of ground in 12 days!

Margaret said...

What a wonderful trip! And some of the Nfld landscape reminded me of Scotland...the rocks, the waterfalls, the mosses, the colours. You'll have inspiration for years to come with all your photos and wonderful memories.

Magpie's Mumblings said...

Sounds (and looks) as though you had an amazing holiday. I've never been to Newfoundland and it IS on my bucket list, but I don't suppose I'll ever get there. Our 'tripping' now is in favour of going out to BC to see our son and his family.