That's not to say I haven't been busy-ish, at least some of the time.
First up was Quiltessentially Clunes, a delightful stitching weekend in the equally delightful little town of Clunes, about 20 minutes away from my place. So nice to sit around stitching and chatting and eating. Organised by three talented women - local textile artist Christine Lethlean, Rae Telfer and Judy Newman - and attended by lots of lovely people, including my good friend Loz.
Loz had to dash back home to the Barossa - a small matter of being involved in arrangements for a Royal visit - then drove to my house in Ballarat for a couple of days of fun and frolics. Gail Pan came for a visit with her visiting American friend Debbie and we went out for tea in town with Jodie and Annie and some other friends. Good company, good food, lots of laughs - an unbeatable combination that was repeated next day when we all descended on Gail's Patchwork Emporium, Cotton Factory and The Crafty Squirrel. We are so lucky in Ballarat to have such gorgeous places to visit.
I travelled back to the Barossa with Loz early the following day and enjoyed a couple of days of eating (oh Maggie Beer and Barossa farmers' market, how I love your products) sightseeing and admiring Loz's company and beautiful handiwork. The Barossa is such a beautiful region and I look forward to another longer visit. Next up was a drive down to Port Elliot on the coast, where I stayed with a mutual friend, Leanne and her husband Tony and their cute little dog Bella. Port Elliot is a delightful little town on the coast, with the most beautiful sea view. I fell in love with it and so did my husband Peter when he came to pick me up a few days later. There were chats and laughs and seaside walks, drives to the mouth of the Murray and a cheese factory and down to Victor Harbor, where I had the unexpected delight of a ride in a horse-drawn tram to Granite Island. I'm so grateful to my friends ( who, by the way, I got to know through blogging) for my lovely little holiday.
Pete and I had a night in Robe, another place we love for its picturesque seaside ambience, then it was back home to our gorgeous dogs, home and garden - and stitching; I had work to do for two swaps and got everything finished and away on time. Despite the busyness and challenges of the season, I do love Christmas swaps, especially Chooky's Secret Santa Christmas Swap.