As some of you know I left the UK three weeks ago to come back to the land down under. Back to my land of shimmering heat haze, gum trees, violent storms and extreme weather changes. At first it seemed like I had brought the grey days and the rain with me - for which I'm thank full - but now the heat has hit and last night it was so hot it was hard to sleep. I'm slowly getting used to it again and I love the long light filled days. I've already been to the beach and to barbeques but for the first two weeks my body felt that it should still be winter and I missed England. I missed the softness of the weather, the sandstone and the puddles and the inbuilt courtesy of the people.
Here I was abused by a woman behind me at the counter in a local cafe for not making up my mind quickly enough. I was still jet lagged. Driving again took some getting used to as well. Road rage is prevalent here. I felt like I had returned to a land of savages. This is a beautiful but harsh land founded by strugglers and survivors. Everything both good and bad is right there in your face.
I've been working a lot of shifts. The big advantage of nursing is that work - as much as I want of it - is not hard to get.
I am staying at my daughter's and she stored my sewing machines for me - what a good girl - and I got them out and got re acquainted, like meeting a trio of wonderful old friends. They all worked perfectly.
I had a purple print knit material that I had bought in the Netherlands and I wanted an easy relaxed maxi dress. I'd seen a long peasant style dress in a shop so I bought some elastic and M6346 and came up with this.
It is a knit dress from a pattern for wovens but I simplified it and ran it up quickly. I'll go into more detail in my PR review.
The back. BTW the grass here in my daughter's back yard was mown a week ago. That's how fast is it growing at the moment!
My sewing companion, my daughter's dog who is not yet full grown. I'm actually saying 'sit still'. He's a lovely boy and a big sook believe it or not.
I'm looking forward to having the time to get into Sydney and revisit The Fabric Store and Tessuti's and maybe the Silk shop. Ahhhhh!
Happy Sewing everyone,