Sunday, November 1, 2015

Aussie visitors

Our Aussie visitors have come and gone for another visit.  What a great time we had!  It didn't seem that it has been 3 years since their last visit with us.  We just picked up where we left off and talked away for hours.

Besides talking, we did a few outings to give them a taste of North Bay and the Great White North.  The weather was beautiful this time and there still was colour in the trees.

We did a haunted walk.  That was interesting.  Even I learned a few things about North Bay and I grew up here.

Jennifer wanted to attend a ukulele session at our local music store (Music City) and that was arranged.  A few emails and viola, she was in.  She was most welcomed and she got to have her fix after being away from her uke for quite a number of weeks now.  There were almost 30 people attending the session of singing and playing the ukulele.  A grand evening indeed!  The leader of the group is hoping that DH and I come back and join the club.  I'm not musically gifted, so not sure about that.
DH and I took them for a drive out to our cottage.  We put them to work helping us do the final closing for this year.  They learned a few things about what is necessary for closing the cottage for winter.  Standing on our front porch, we see Kevin; that is me with my back turned towards the camera and there is Jennifer in the rear.  Our cottage is simple.  No electricity, no running water.  Simple and a great place to go for relaxation.  Now, when I write about quilting at the cottage, she will know what I'm talking about and can visualize being there.
Here we are standing beside our now straightened shed.  It was badly leaning and we just had to do something before it finally tumbled to the ground.  It was greatly admired.  It took quite a number of weeks of hard work by my DH and brother to get it sound and straight.   All the buildings you see belong to our family property that is shared between three siblings.
On the way back from the cottage, we stopped at a lookout beside the highway to admire Lake Nipissing.  It was a beautiful day.
 Here is DH checking out the bear-proof garbage bins.  Even he had trouble getting the lid to open.
A few days were spent just sitting in the living room with ipads and lap tops and soaking up the sunshine streaming through the windows.  Jennifer amused herself with just a wee sample of my quilting books.
This little fella kept us amused with his gathering of peanuts that we tossed out the kitchen patio door.  This was the first time they saw a chipmunk.
A show and tell of all my quilt tops was presented.  No photos were taken, but I should have because they were all over my studio afterwards and what a mess it was.  :o)  Jennifer has seen those tops on my blog, but it just is not the same as seeing them in person.

A few outings to restaurants, local stores and a quilt store rounded off their visit.

They presented me with a huge package of goodies.  I'm still drooling over my pressies.  Thank you so much Jennifer and Kevin.  I do hope your visit with us was enjoyable and safe travels for the rest of your time here in Canada.
It is on my bucket list to make a trip to Australia.  So, we shall see ....

Have a great day!

3 comments:

Jennifer said...

Well, well......there we are in all our Aussie glory! We had such a good time, and can't thank you enough for the week.

Debra Anger said...
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Debra Anger said...

It looks like great fun RM they were lucky to have such wonderful host's. I had the opportunity to meet Jennifer and Sayward at the Twisted Stitchers quilt show today. They look great and it was fun to see them. Little time though since I am working nights.

BTW you have just made me very home sick...it is great to see all the pictures of North Bay...I love it there.