And WOW what a great weekend! This was our first retreat together and here are the highlights:
1. We were RIGHT at beach level in a 6 bedroom rancher. The kitchen window faced the ocean and every morning we were met with beautiful sunrises (for those up early enough...like me!) and a visiting seagull who perched himself on a rock which was visible when the tide was out. I nicknamed him Jonathan Livingston Seagull (of storybook fame). I also spotted some rather large eagles with an approx. 6 foot wing span. What magnificent creatures! What I noticed about these eagles is that they were at the seashore. I've only ever seen eagles perched in trees or soaring...never at sea level so that made me curious. So to google I went and found this:
What do Bald Eagles eat?
Bald Eagles are primarily scavengers. Whenever possible they find and eat dead food like spawned-out salmon or road-killed animals. Their favourite food is fish, but they will eat small mammals like rabbits and water birds like ducks or gulls.(source: http://www.hancockwildlife.org/forum/viewtopic.php?showtopic=949
Food! What a good reason!! I guess they must settle for small land critters near home but by the seashore, they have plenty of other prey to choose from.
|You can see the tip of the rock to the left of the bush. This is where Jonathan Livingston Seagull was perched|
2. You can sew into the wee hours without interruptions with like minded ladies. And sew we did! After we set up our work stations we pretty much dug right in to our projects. I'm very pleased with my progress (pictures to follow below) and so were my buddies.
3. We each took turns cooking so we were able to keep the costs for the retreat down. Affordable and fun is a great combo! I made eggs benny for the girls on Sunday morning and also made my Linguine Marco Polo with chicken and mango cream sauce for dinner on Sunday evening. That means I had Thursday, Friday and Saturday with no chores, which of course meant more sewing! Our bellies were very happy with everyone's contributions and we were amply fed. It seemed that we went home with more food than we brought. A loaves and fishes moment for sure!
|Smells good whatever she's making! Thanks Linda!|
And now, without further adieu, here are some more photos of the fabulous fall retreat of the "Bodacious Babes of Bowser" (in no particular order).
|My first project: A baby quilt. I started by cutting 5" charm squares from my four colours|
and the white background fabric.
|Blocks on the design wall|
|Adding the prairie points|
|Tricky but I got 'er dun!|
|Diane relaxing...that's what retreats are all about right!?|
|Linda's cooking dinner; Pam is calculating setting blocks. My work station on the right|
|Drie brought her trusty featherweight and worked in the livingroom|
|Linda's fabulous quilt|
|Linda's second quilt. Great pattern and colours!|
|Borders now on for Linda's awesome Kaleidoscope|
|View from our livingroom|
|Cozy fire for those chilly November mornings and Terry's sewing area.|
|Pam working on her window design wall|
|Pam's almost finished quilt top for her mother-in-law (borders to follow)|
|Busy at work|
|My second project, another UFO called Tennessee Waltz|
|When I arrived all the snowball blocks were done but I had to build the star blocks|
|And DONE!!! Except for the borders that is...|
|Third UFO project: I had to unpack these components and then remember how to put the blocks together.|
|Another quilt top UFO done! My third project done. So happy!|
|Sunrise is gorgeous! View from our kitchen|
|Terry cutting fabric for her king sized diamond quilt|
|Terry cutting her diamonds|
|Can't believe she got it done. Nice!|
And on Monday we headed home...back to reality... and these furry bundles of love were very excited to greet me after my absence. I was unpacking and cleaning up my sewing room that evening with some company...pretty darn cute!
|Snuggled down in her favourite corner is Miss Sophie|
|Cooper fast asleep in my sewing room keeping me company.|