Click on the picture for action..... and 'Vegemite' for music..
I couldn't get the figure and the hair quite correct.... however, the bling, the red shoes and glasses are right on.!!!!
Preparation is the key in the life of a traveling quilter. I'm about to undertake a project that is different to the norm. In August, I meet son Jamie in New York and we will travel to Britain and France to film footage for our documentary on the making of the Bayeux Tapestry Quilt. We worked into the evening organizing the equipment we need.
It's 4.33 am and I've been up for ages (jet lag sleep pattern) there is still no food in the house.... except for the food I bought for last nights dinner and I didn't get to cook it.....However... first priority..... I did buy VEGEMITE.. guess I can live on that.
As usual when I get home from a trip.... the first few days are taken up with family visits.... and I had the joy of being with Tilly when she had her first 'Real haircut' with Mum Rachael yesterday. Son no 8, Jinda needed help with the computer.... Son No 1. Jamie and I planned our trip.
Poor Keith had to cook eggs for himself again and go off to the SA Quilt Guild Exec meeting.
I was exhausted by the end of the day.... but plan to nap this afternoon to catch up....
I have a trusty sketch book in my bag at all times and it is wonderful on the plane.... bung on the bose earphones, turn up the music and draw..... This is a deserted house we saw about 10 days ago on the way to Nebraska.
36 hours of travel..... 20 hours in planes and the rest just plain waiting and I arrived home to be welcomed by Joshy, Callie, Keith and Kodi.... It's 3.00 am and I've already slept 10 hours.... so I'm working... It's lovely to be home, but I report at disaster.....
There’s a constant stream of people walking back and forth. Some sauntering, some in a hurry, but almost everyone is followed by an overstuffed bag, you end up with a minor rocking gait when your luggage is too heavy…. I wonder where they are all going….? I’ve done the normal walk seeking out power points. Now I’m ensconced in a seat behind a grey cement pole with my feet propped so I can balance the computer….. My apple headphones broke the other day…(probably overuse)… so I invested in a pair of noise canceling Bose. I have the most amazing music playing and no one can hear a thing…. I’m in my own environment. Pretty much that is the name of the game as I travel.
I don’t drive a car to work every day. I fly sometimes, drive a hire car.
I don’t work in the same office each day. I only have an office in Australia and often that is over 4000 miles away. My office in Long Prairie is an overtaken table.
I don’t work with the same group of people each day. I’m often at the whim and mercy of people who have no idea of my working schedule…. I just turn up at a certain time with a smile on my face and teach or lecture.!!!! 99% of the time it is wonderful…. However you have to be flexible, tactful and have a sense of humor.
I don’t even sleep in my own bed each night when I work. This trip I have slept in 15 different hotel rooms and of course my room in Long Prairie….
I don’t even have to cook very often when I’m working. I can’t even estimate how many different restaurants I’ve been in. Dinner with friends, students and workmates is always great….
I have to wash, keep contact with family, keep on a schedule that is always hectic and keep up with business. Lets not forget the personal maintenance…. Hair, nails etc….
So that’s why I need to have the ability to do just what I am doing now. Creating my own space. Living in my own world.
I was out in the country photographing with a friend yesterday.We looked at things in the same way, even to the extent of commenting on things we saw at the same time.... it was rather funny in a way...We’re in the same industry and she has been on the road for over 20 years… and has now had enough.
We discussed that creatively we live a lonely existence… it’s not a shared work environment. No one will do the same as I do…. But the times that we can get together as Tutors, and share experiences it is a joy.
In saying this I wouldn’t swap what I do for quids… I love the challenge, the beat and changing environment….and I just smile at the gal who said “You're strange” when she was traveling with me several years ago and looking at life as a tourist rather than and was in my work environment…..
The days have been busy and full of new things and ideas. My head is spinning. Not just with ideas but with the beauty of the environment I found myself in. Never lost for words I find it hard to express the way I feel just at the moment.
So until I get back on track in the morning, take a look at Ricky and Alex on their show. They have put in a tremendous amount of effort to bring you a new form of entertainment and information in their Quilt Show.
If you go on the blog on the site you will see what I've been up to.!!!!!!! I think it's 3 videos down......!!!!
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Carolyn Foley I am a high school Heath & Design Technology teacher, married with three children, all young adults.
Di Mill I am a Freelance Textile and Craft Representative with 2 children. I travel the state of Queensland, Australia, selling patchwork, quilting and craft supplies to retailers withing the industry.