My husband has been bitten by the touring bug. It's a big bite and might be years (many years he tells me!) before it eases it's hold on him!
The day began slow with some recipe planning in bed, a relaxed coffee with a new cook book to peruse, and THEN, Mr E announces that we are leaving at 5am tomorrow morning for Cooktown! This will be an 800 klm ride tomorrow - four days and three nights at the very top of the state, even more tropic than we are already. That's my life with Mr E - unpredictable, exciting, taking life by the seat of your pants!
I have done the supermarket run to feed the kids while we're gone, ("Again! You two are going away AGAIN??!" - can you hear my Blossom in her incredulous tone??), caught up on every skeric of washing I can find, organised the menu for the teens, and am now about to start packing.
This time we're travelling (hopefully) with the Townsville Ulysses Club. Mr E joined up on line this morning, but until he has a membership number I, as his pillion-riding spouse, cannot join. Prayers being sent urgently for them to make contact before long with that very important number. If not, then we'll still ride 'by' them but have to amuse ourseles whilst in Cooktown till Monday.
While we wait for news Mr E has been polishing our two Honda cousins....and photographing them for the family tree. ;-)
Now, it is 30C here today but Mr E is SO acclimatised to the tropics that he's decided jeans and a long sleeve shirt are needed in these 'cooler' days. Oh pleeeeease???!!!
In the meantime, here I am sitting under 2 fans on full, and wanting to show you all the goodies the mailman brought me!
My very sweet and beautiful friend Synnoeve sent me these gorgeous heart mug rugs and a Tilda stitchery pack as a belated birthday gift (perfect timing because I'll take the Tilda stitchery away with me tomorrow)...
It should look something like this when it's finished...how cute!
Another special friend also sent me a parcel, and this one is very dear to me because I was the highest bidder in Allie's auction to raise funds for Japan. I have loved this wallhanging of Allie's from the moment I laid eyes on it, but never made it myself because I thought it was 'perfect as is'. Now it hangs here in my dining room, signed by my dear Allie-friend...
Allie also popped in some extra cuteness. These super retro buttons, and a little elephant charm!
I know what you're thinking...I am spoiled indeed to have friends like Allie and Synnoeve. :-)
Now the last parcel from the mailman was something of my own being returned - from STITCH Magazine in the USA!
I love STITCH, so was tickled pink that they wanted to publish one of my designs for their Summer Issue!
The pattern set makes an apron and matching set of tea towels - very bright and summery indeed!
STITCH is not easy to come across in Australia, so I am going to have a little giveaway for my Aussie friends only. Just leave a comment on this blog post and when I get back from Cooktown I'll have Mr Random Generator draw a winner for a copy of this magazine!
( My talented Aussie friend Lisa also graces the pages of this issue with a number of wonderful projects, so it's definitely exciting for Australian design! She is a regular contributor who always manages to make such clever projects!)
I'm sorry to those who are international, but just this once I'd like to keep it in Australia.
However, if you look over at my followers widget at the moment you will see it sitting on 1,394. Once it hits 1400 I will have another giveaway, and this one will be open to everyone! Keep watching that total....
Have a Blessed and Holy Easter! See you next week!