Friday, June 30, 2006
To A Possum's Rescue
Well what an interesting night. Bren and I decided to have a low key dinner and just makes ourselves some toasted sandwiches for dinner. When we went to make them we realised that we left the fresh loaf of bread at the shop. As the shop is only minutes away we jumped in the car and went to go get it. On the way, around the corner from home, I noticed a little brush tailed possum on the side of the road. I told Bren to drive the car back and I would make sure he ran off into the bush so that he wouldn't get hit by a car. I got out of the car but the poor little thing didn't run off. He just looked at me dazed. I was so upset as I realised he was already hurt. I didn't know what to do. I couldn't just leave him there to die so I called WIRES (A Wildlife Rescue Service). They asked us to stay with the possum and said they were sending someone out to get him. About 20 minutes later a lady ranger arrived and we got the poor little thing into a cage. While we had been waiting, the possum came to life a bit and walked about a metre down the hill, but then stopped and tucked into a ball again. The ranger said he looked like he would be ok. She guessed that he was concussed and would take him home and look after him. If he was ok the next day she would bring him back and release him close to where we found him. If he was more seriously injured she would take him to their "possum doctor" the next day. Either way, she was grateful to us for calling WIRES. I was so relieved. I would never forgiven myself if we had done nothing and then drove past tomorrow and the poor little thing was dead on the side of the road. Not quite as exciting as your bear Carol, but a wildlife story with a happy ending nonetheless. VBG.

I had a great day off on Wednesday. I lucked out with a Red Sox game on ESPN... finally. It was the Red Sox vs Mets with the Red Sox winning 9-4. Yayyy!!!!! We get so few baseball games broadcast down here and when I do find one, it is rarely the Red Sox, so it was a good day:)

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Sunday, June 25, 2006
Winter Magic Festival

Well Bren and I had a nice day at the Winter Magic Festival. We got there early before it got too crowded but by the time we got back to our shop there were thousands of people lining the main street of Katoomba. Here are some photos. There were a lot of colourful characters but I was too embarrased to take their photos without asking the first.

Here is one of the new murals that are popping up all over Katoomba. This is a lovely colourful one.

The lady with the twigs coming out of her head was certainly interesting:)

This is a photo of the Carrington which is the oldest building in Katoomba and is part owned by friends of ours. This is where Bren and I sometimes go to after work for a drink. It's lovely to sit on the lounges in front of the open fires:) The reason for the tunnels on the roof is that the Carrington hosts the Winter Magic Ball every year and this years theme was Titanic. The Chef even recreated a 5 course dinner from the Titanics menu. Being a Titanic fantatic myself I really liked this years theme.

Love these dragonflies:)

The night ended with a wonderful fireworks display from the roof of the Carrington.

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Thursday, June 22, 2006
A Chilly Winter Solstice
Well the Winter Solstice has come and gone so now the days will start getting longer. It has been really cold the last few days and I think we are in for a chilly Winter.

We have had a busy few days with Bren's parents visiting. They live up on the North Coast and much prefer the sand and sun to the mountains but we had a nice time while they were here. I haven't done any stitching but hope to get some more done on my SB stocking tomorrow.

This weekend we have the Winter Magic festival here in Katoomba. It should be a fun day. Bren and I are opening the shop later in the day so we can enjoy the festival for a few hours in the morning. Then after we close the shop for the day we will wander up to the main street and watch the fireworks.

Well, 24 is on so I am off to watch the 2nd episode. I am annoyed at myself as we went out with Bren's parents last night and I forgot to tape episode 1. I hope I will be able to follow the story anyway.
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Saturday, June 17, 2006
A Day At The Sydney Quilt Show

This week I went into the Sydney Quilt Show. It is on once a year and is a collection of the best quilts in Australia. There were some stunning quilts on display this year. I have put some of my favourites here.

Tomorrow I have the day off so I am hopping to get some stitching done:)
posted by Karen's Blog @ 8:39 pm   8 comments
Sunday, June 11, 2006
A Couple of Nights Out
Well, I have been MIA again lately. Sorry about that. As I was saying to Carol a couple of days ago, it has been so hectic during the day lately that by the time we have gotten home in the afternoon I have been just too tired and cold to jump back on the computer. Everything feels like it has settled down a bit now though so I am going to try to get back to regular Blogging. I was intending to do it this week but we had a blackout a couple of nights ago and then the last 2 nights we have been out to dinner. Last night Bren's sister and her hubby came up and took us out to dinner for Bren's birthday (which is tomorrow) and then today we closed early and went down to Sydney for the one and only trade show we have down here in Australia. After the show we went out to dinner with our friends Kylie and Frank. It was great to catch up with them as we haven't seen them for a while. It was a good show and a lovely dinner. We saw some nice new designs, especially some from a new Aussie designer. They are very contemporary designs and I think they will do well. I will share some photos over the next few days.

I hope to have a new blog template soon. Carol sent me a link to a cool dragonfly one but it is in a different format so Bren is trying to work out how to load it for me, so watch this space. VBG (I hope).
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Sunday, June 04, 2006
A little snow
I stitched a little more on my stocking tonight. I like how quickly these stockings stitch up:)

Well the weather has turned really cold and we had a little snow yesterday. Yayy!!

Wendy, you asked about the Christmas stitcheries in my last posting. There are 2 more in the series as well and they are stitchery charts by an Australian designer called "Hatched and Patched".

Carina, you asked about when the Yuletide Festival is on up here in the mountains. The Yultide season is celebrated from June to August with different events being run from the different hotels and restaurants. The big Winter event here in Katoomba is called "Winter Magic" and is on the closest weekend to the Winter Solstice in June. This year it is on 24th & 25th June. This is a great weekend. Here is the web link Basically, Katoomba, hands its main street back to the community for the biggest street party in Australia. Jugglers, gymnasts, musicians, dancers, drummers, troubadours, buskers, storytellers, poets, churches and choirs invite you to share the day with them. Best of all, it is free.
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Thursday, June 01, 2006
Finally some photos
Finally I took some photos tonight (at last I can hear Carol saying:)). Above is my progress on SB's Teri's Stocking and below are a couple of stitcheries I am working on. All these will go in the Christmas section of ths shop:) We have a big Yultide festival up here in Katoomba during July/August.

Tonight Bren and I went to the opening night of an art exhibition being held at the gallery next to our shop. It was really good, featuring the artwork of local artist John Ellison. He does line drawings and watercolours of scenes and people around the Katoomba area. It was a really good night.
posted by Karen's Blog @ 9:59 pm   5 comments
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