Friday, November 4, 2016

Brome Lake Quilt Retreat Nov 2016

Our annual retreat at the inn on Brome Lake (now called Hôtel Suites Lac-Brome) was a great success as always.  Our  numbers were down - just 12 of us,  but hopefully next year we'll be back up to our usual complement.  We arrive on Sunday and get set up in a lovely room overlooking the lake and are spoiled by the staff from then on with excellent meals, fresh coffee during the day and lovely lunches served in our work room. 

I'm sorry I didn't take more quilt pictures.  The people ones were on the last day just as we were beginning to pack up. 











Lynda and her lovely hand done quilt

my quilt made for my nephew on his becoming a doctor. 

the back

a small piece I made for my Elizabeth Barton masterclass

Below are some photos taken on walks in the area.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

River Brink museum

River Brink Museum is a lovely gem on the Niagara Parkway, a short bike ride from Niagara on the Lake.  It was originally built as the home of Sam Weir, a King's Counsel, who all along had intended to bequeath it as an art gallery.  The land was purchased on the bank of the Niagara river in 1943 and the house finally finished in 1970.

Right now there is an exhibit of work by Campbell Scott, a Scot who trained in Scotland as a cabinet maker.  After he came to Canada he trained as a teacher and taught at the Ste Catherine Collegiate.  He pursued his art in sculpture, pottery, painting and printing, travelling to many countries including Japan to better his art. 

Below is a plate for printing

and this is one of the prints produced from it.

 and more of his work.  Do click on them to make them bigger-  they look so much better.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

A Bike and Sail trip in Scotland

We spent a week traveling in Scotland  with Island Hopping, a bicycle tour company, on the ship below - a two masted schooner from the Netherlands.  Despite the tiny rooms, the whole experience was great - staff went out of their way to make us comfortable and the lounge area was big enough to hang around in after a day's cycling.

We started the tour in Oban which you can see in the three pictures below. 

On our first day out the sails were hoisted - here's Robbie helping out!

our first castle sighting from the ship - Duarte, home of the Maclean clan

Some of the "wildlife" on the route-  a few Highland cattle.

Typical scenery along the trail on the Isle of Mull
The heather was in full bloom throughout

A buzzard perched in a handy spot.

Note the phonebox

We did lots of riding along the coast

the beach at Calgary bay

Below is Tobermory, a charming little town with lots of brightly painted houses, shops and good restaurants. 

And this was our ship out in the harbour

And this is how they got the bikes (and us) from shore to ship.

In the lock at Corpach leading into Neptune's Staircase and Loch Lochy.  This was the only day we had rain, lots of it!  and then about 3pm it stopped and we went for a 2 hour ride up the canal and back

Back in Oban where we climbed the hill to visit McQuaig's tower
and on the way found this cute cottage and lovely garden and some yarn bombing

It was a great trip and I thoroughly enjoyed my electric bicycle.  I think the highlands would have been a wee dram too much.

The last point on our cycling-  at the end of the canal.
I hope you've enjoyed seeing the pictures and places.  I love to hear if you've travelled here too.