Wow - wasn't that a loooong blog post heading??!! LOL!!
Thanks for all those wonderful hugs and support you sent me over my first US published design! I felt every one. Now to reveal the STITCH magazine giveaway winner, and it's Tracee from Quilt Kitty!!
Tracee said, "Life doesn't stand still with Mr E around Jenny - it roars by. Sounds like you make a great team. Congratulations on being published in Stitch, great project, love it. Tracee xx"
How true, Tracee! Mr E should have wheels instead of feet 'cause he's rarely walking these days! :-)
Just email me your home address and I'll have the magazine off to you this week.
Next big news is that we're back from Cooktown, safe and sound, but our b'hinds sure were numb after the 900 klm ride up there on Friday, and then the 900 klm ride home on Sunday.
The joyous thing about travelling all day on Good Friday and Easter Sunday was that I had around 20 good hours of prayer time and the Lord showed me so much about my life, my loves, and what is most important to Him. What a gift on top of everything else He has given us! He got me all to Himself and wasted not a precious moment. :-)
Leaving home at 5.30am on Friday, we rode the back way after passing through Ingham, Cardwell, Tully and Innisfail. I wish I could show you photos of the pretty town of Millaa Millaa, but when you are pillion and you're riding along tightly curved country roads there is nowhere to stop. I did manage to catch a pic of Mr E outside the Big Crab at Cardwell where we'd stopped for breakfast...
After we got to Innisfail we veered north-west up through the Atherton Tableland - glorious country! - and decided we'd be back for a weekend to have a better look around and enjoy those country corners once more.
Further north we rode, and as we got higher up the mountain range there were numerous Lookouts for stops, and also to meet up with fellow Ulyssians also on the way to Cooktown. Matt and Jenny are from Mission Beach (ground zero of Cyclone Yasi) and were staying just outside Cooktown, but more about that later...
I love taking pics of Mr E and 'Camel' (yep, that's what he's named our red bike!...
We arrived in Cooktown at 5pm, weary and hungry. It is a very pretty town, but tiny, and if you don't like to fish (we don't) then you will quickly run out of things to do. There was only one place open for dinner on Friday night - the local fish'n'chip shop. We feasted on freshly caught Barramundi, grilled with lemon over rice. Superb!
Friday night we met the other members of the Ulysses Club who were staying at the Caravan Park. Travelling stories and introductions all round, then a few quiet drinks and nibblies before everyone headed off to bed around 9.30.
Early the next morning Mr E and I were off riding before the others were awake. We left Cooktown and headed south for about 20 klms along the highway, then off on a dirt road for 6 klms to a pretty river hideaway, The Lions Den. This was where Matt & Jenny were camping with the Ulyssians from Cairns. Mr E thought he'd tame the lion...
...but they're a pretty unfriendly bunch before 9am....
...so we did the right thing and waited till everyone was awake and smiling. It was well worth it because this is such a pretty hideaway!
You can camp by the river for $10 a night, but if you like sturdier accomodation there are treetop lodges covered in mosquito netting.
Back on the road around 10, we headed back to Cooktown for the Saturday morning markets. It's fiercely hot in the sun, but under the trees or shade the temperature drops by a good 8C and the breeze is fresh and cool. There were only 8 market stalls and they were all gathered under the trees...
We enjoyed Silverside, chips and salad at the RSL for lunch, then back to the Caravan Park for a good look at everyone else's bikes, followed by a long afternoon siesta. Saturday night we again sat around the camping area with the Ulyssians, but with the wind building up and bringing down some not-so-well-positioned tarps and tents, we called it a night around 9 and headed for bed once more.
The forecast for Monday was rain all the way down the coast and 30 knot winds, so we decided to lose a night in Cooktown and make our way home in the dry - but we still had 30 knot winds all the way. In one 30 klm stretch of road we had 90 tight corners, and Mr E lost some serious leather off his boots because we were way over on our sides as one turn instantly became another before we could catch our breath, and the wind was relentless the entire time. Talk about living life on the edge! I think that was the most exhilirating 30 minutes of my entire life! Mr E is a wonderful rider and I wasn't scared about those cliffs at all, even if I had to look the other way to avoid being faced with the sheer drops into rainforest every second turn. LOL!!
We had left Cooktown at 9am, and arrived home in Charters Towers at 9.30pm...what a ride. Can't wait to to do it all again next school term break!
I didn't get a single stitch sewn during the time in Cooktown, but when we got home I decided it was time to work on a UFO BOM from 2009! I am still on the first block after 18 months! Shame on me.
I finally finished block 1 on Tuesday afternoon, and now have only 18 blocks to go - thankfully they are all much smaller than the first block! This BOM is by Robyn Allen-Waters and is called "The Sewing Circle". It has 50's inspired stitcheries in each block, and gorgeous ceramic buttons to accent certain features in each scene. I'll be using the last of my 'Aunt Grace Circle of Friends' fabric for the sashing once the blocks are all done...hopefully by the end of 2011!
Now to the celebratory giveaway!!!
1404 followers as of today!! \o/ How absolutely blessed I am to have such a loyal following, and to do something special in return I have decided that this giveaway will be for my original Retro Apron and (1) Tea Towel set from STITCH magazine! If you don't mind, I'll keep one of the tea towels as a my own memento. :-)
To be in the draw for this giveaway you will need to leave a comment on this blog post only. That is for 1 entry.
For a second entry become a follower and leave one more comment to let me know you've done so (or of you are already a follower you can leave a 2nd comment and tell me).
If you blog about the giveaway you can leave a 3rd entry comment!!
I will draw the winner on Saturday 30th April. Please make sure you leave your email address if you haven't got a blog link for me to find you, or your entry will be invalid.
Now...must get the house back in order before I'm due back in Home Ec next week...and before Mr E carries me away again on the bike. ;-)