I pulled back the curtains on New Years Day and this glorious view was there waiting to be discovered. We are back in Brisbane for three weeks, house sitting for friends while they are on an overseas holiday. Can you feel the early morning subtropical warmth coming through? We are in the most charming suburb, within easy walking distance of more restaurants than you could dine at in a year, wonderful parks and gardens, and a five minute bus trip to the city. Bliss.
The only fly in the ointment was Bella, the resident cat who had gone AWOL on Christmas Day, thankfully not on our watch; we were not due to arrive until a couple of days later. However, we were advised not to worry, as she quite often went walkabout and would probably return in a day or so. On New Years Eve I texted my friend advising that there had not been any sightings of Puss and we were a wee bit concerned that she may have checked out.
The next morning, after swooning with delight at the view from our guest bedroom window, I came downstairs to see a flash of a cat tail whiz by the dining room window. I rushed to the back door and there she was.
Well, I sure hope it's her and not some random moggy literally landing on her feet.
Because she's taken over the house.
She even chooses the TV programmes.
And sleeps at the foot of our bed, much to Mr Fudge's distress - not a cat lover, I'm afraid.
My friend is a quilter and the guest bedroom is also her studio.
I've died and gone to Heaven.
I can't show you the other cupboard with all the fabric, because I cry every time I open the doors. I am hatching a plot to leave our dirty laundry behind, so that there's just enough room in the boot to cram in her Kaffe Fassett fabrics.
The combination of the new year and a relaxed holiday back in Brisbane have fostered a new enthusiasm for quilting. I had been quite jaded after our move back to Sydney; a major interstate move is not something you would want to do in a hurry. With the added stress of keeping up with sales on my Etsy and MadeIt shops in the lead-up to Christmas, I was afraid that I had lost the will to create new quilts. Thank goodness it has returned in abundance and my resolution is to start on two major projects in the coming weeks, one long-term hand applique and the other an art quilt. The ideas are starting to gel and I am once more excited at the prospect of creating new quilts.
I do hope your Christmas and New Year have been as happy as ours. We are truly blessed to have wonderful friends and family and we are looking forward to the year ahead.