Friday, 10 September 2010

A bit more of the holiday

Terang Cottage Crafts at the Courthouse

Finally I worked out how to upload a photo to my blog, so now I can share more of my holiday with everyone. Purrumbete is in a previous post - take a look. Beautiful. Our second day I got to the patchwork shop at Terang, which is in the old courthouse building. It's really lovely with plenty to look at.
We spent the night at the Lighthouse Lodge, part of the Flagstaff Hill Maritime Museum complex. At 4:00 am the plasma TV on the wall opposite our bed turned on, waking us from our deep slumbers with surprise. We had to conclude that a ghost was playing tricks on us.
we saw the laser light show, the Wreck of the Loch Ard, at the museum - fantastic. We would recommend it to everyone. They are doing a good job at the museum.

Tuesday, 7 September 2010

Back in the Steeplechase

With the demise of our PC last week we took the plunge and bought an imac that is most beautiful. I am glad we decided to make the change. However, it has meant some other major changes that have created some hurdles I need to find my way over. Whilst there is a Mac version of the Microsoft programs Word and Excel, there is not one for Publisher, the program I have always used. I've had to buy a Mac compatible desktop publishing program and having installed it I sat down for a play. Nothing is going to come easily to me with this one and I find I am quite overwhelmed by the task ahead of me. Having chosen the date for my book launch I now have a timeframe to work within and it's going to be tough.
Further to all that, I still have a lot of tidying up to do on the manuscript and I find myself avoiding it each day. This is just the usual 'fear' problem, and once I work out what I'm afraid of I can overcome that hurdle too.
So, it's going to be a steeplechase this week.

P.S. I haven't worked out how to add photos to my blog either!

Thursday, 2 September 2010

Another thing ticked off the bucket list

We have just returned home form our annual holiday which was around the western district: Camperdown, Warrnambool, Portland, Mount Gambier, Penola, Hamilton, Ballarat - home. Naturally being winter it was very wet and extremely cold, but we did what we could between showers and managed to see most of what was on my list of things to do. It would be easiest to share a little at a time, so beginning with our first day:
We made it a slow start by arriving early at our accommodation, the beautiful Purrumbete Homestead. Purrumbete was settled by the Manifold family who were originally squatters in the district and became quite successful. The homestead was refurbished and brought into its current magnificent state in about 1901 (I think) and is an excellent example of the art nouveau style. Gorgeous. Every room is BIG. And the detail in the woodwork is a joy to see (and quilt designs in my head).
We spent our time there winding down in readiness for the rest of our holiday. I sewed hexagons while hubby read and we received superb attention form our host.