Monday, 29 December 2014

151 unread blog posts???

Hi there, everyone, I have not completely disappeared out of the blogosphere but so much has been going on over the last few months and barely anything had to do with quilting!

As I had written in a previous post, I have accepted a job in Australia, so for the last few months we have been busy getting ready for the big move across the ditch (as we here in New Zealand tend to call the Tasman Sea separating us from Australia). Both DH and I resigned from our jobs, we packed up the house (well, actually the movers did it for us TG!) we found a rental in one of the western suburbs of Brisbane and on 18th December we arrived in Oz. It all sounds a lot less stressful than it was at times, 2 trips for me to Australia in Oct and Nov topped off by a trip to Germany for DH in Dec amongst the usual madness of family, school, work, conferences etc.

We have left our NZ place with a property manager and tenants which gives us options for the future. For now we're quite happy with the suburb we have chosen though the house is smaller than our NZ place and we'll definitely miss the pool. At this stage I won't have a sewing room either but with the container still a fortnight or so away there is plenty of time to come up with some creative ideas. Being in walking distance to shops and schools is a novelty for us, and even the office is less than 7km away and easy to get to by car or bus.

We have already stalked the local Ikea (how I had missed shopping there!) and DH has already suggested I might want to go and check out the quilting shops:) We're definitely missing family and friends but at this stage it's still a great big adventure. Today we finally got phone and internet hooked up hence the mention of 151 posts I had unread in my Feedly in just 10 days without proper internet!

The lovely Suz from All the Good Ones are Taken has suggested a Trans-Tasman Challenge using Vintage Revival - can't wait for my sewing stuff to arrive! (I yet have to get me the book, too lol). Looking back over the last few months there's been little accomplished on the sewing front, still some more to do on the Tokyo Subway Map and I haven't started anything new. However, I entered Uni{que}versal and Spring Fling at our local P&A Show and received 1st and 3rd place (I think?) respectively.

DH is cooking tea, the boys are enjoying being back online, so there's little else to do for me but to wish you a belated Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. I will try to check in more regularly again in 2015!
Mstr10 & fluffy cat - in need of a haircut!


  1. Great to hear where you are at Monika! Hope everything goes well for you all - and that you manage to arrange a sewing corner somewhere!

    1. Thanks, Raewyn, I've smuggled a few items up into the house, but I still have to work out where I can set up my machine permanently...

  2. Liebe Monika,
    ich wünsche dir auch einen guten Rutsch ins Neue Jahr.
    Alles, alles gute in euren neuen Zuhause, ich freue mich darauf wieder von dir zu lesen.
    Liebe Grüße

    1. Danke, Bente, wenn ich erst mal eine Nähecke habe, dann hab ich hoffentlich wieder öfters was zum Bloggen!

  3. Welcome to Queensland and I hope you settle very well.... there are quite a few bloggers around SE Qld and I'm sure you will find some great shops.... Up here on the range there are some lovely ones if you ever drive up this way.... let me know it will be fun to meet for a coffee!

    1. Thanks, Fiona, hubby and I have been talking about a drive over your way :) Mstr10 explained to me the other day he could see no point in sitting in the car forever to get somewhere - so spoiled already after only a month in Brissie (back in NZ it used to take us an hour to get to the next bigger city) so maybe we can go for a childless drive one of these days lol Would love to catch up!


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