It's my birthday on Sunday and when Mr E asked me last month what I'd like as a gift the only thing that came to mind was a weekend away.
Away from the house, away from the office...away so I could catch my breath and sift through everything running through my mind and leave much of it behind by the time we return home.
Bless his heart, we're off to Cairns for two nights. How God thought I was worthy of having that man love me is a mystery!
I've packed some newly designed and prepared blocks to stitch for my Gentle Domesticity BOM...
...my Cath Kidston yarn so I can make a start on these
crochet crotch-et granny squares...
...a new book which after the intro and first chapter has me excited to read the rest...
...and my own teacup with my favourite tea.
It's ghastly hot here in the tropics at the moment and we're holidaying in it (Cairns is 400 klms north of where we live) instead of heading south to cooler climes! Ah well, we weren't to know when we booked, but the nice thing is that we have an air-conditioned suite overlooking the ocean, a pool, night markets, excellent street stalls, restaurants, and each other.
We can walk after dark along the Marina, get up at dawn to go get coffee, veggie juice and breakfast, and spend the rest of my birthday relaxing in the suite with no 'work' to do (always a distraction when you work from home).
Reading, sewing, crochet, swimming, sleeping, and watching good movies.
Yep, my kind of break away from home.
And because this is out-of-holiday season we got our motel suite for a bargain.
What will you be doing this weekend?
Are you looking for something new to stitch?
My friend Allie just released the cutest stitchery pattern "Whirly Twirly Garden" and I love it! Designs like this make me smile as I dream of lazy afternoons in a spring garden or if you live in the tropics like me this is definitely a winter scene. Hard to imagine if your winters involve snow, right?
Visit Allie HERE and see more of her pretty pattern!
I'm sorry I didn't share the recipe for my Pear & Cranberry gluten free loaf this week, but I'll definitely have it for you next week. With Blossom moving house, then unpacking into the new home these last seven days, I've not been home much and the blog was mostly ignored.
But life's like that because family comes first.
Oh, before I forget and because I am often asked to share new photos, here's our Merri-girl this morning just before I dropped her at the boarding kennels.
She's still growing! Almost 8 months now...
...and just as exuberant, destructive, licky, playful and affectionate as ever.
Fortunately she loves being around other dogs so she enjoys her holidays at the kennel, but this time we've taken her to a different one where she even gets a hydro-bath.
Excited doesn't quite describe her behaviour when we arrived there. Try 'over-the-top-this-is-the-best-day-of-my-life-ADHD-happy-puppy'.
See you next week!