My quilting thoughts and inspirations sprinkled with a glimpse of life down on the farm

Monday, May 4, 2015

Home again

We had a wonderful time retreating; I'm feeling relaxed and happy so thought it would be nice to share some photos from the weekend.
While it was all sewing, because I live very much inland and don't get out much, I was totally enamoured by the sea views out Whangarei Heads.......
(You'll have to bear with me as I have re-discovered the Panarama setting on my camera so had a real good play with it!)
This is the view from the deck of our home for the weekend.
One of the rules is that we have to hang 'finished' items up as they are done. A good way to do Show and Tell.
Another different look at things.
The girls at work.
I sewed all weekend but haven't too much to share as my bits are all at different
stages. I got a really good start on this baby quilt ♥
Another rule is don't fuss with the food!!
Oh well, rules are made to be broken.
The same group of us head out each year, our numbers were down a little this time but we had a great time - good sewing and plenty of laughs :-)
A little walk down the hill takes us to this private little beach below.
Sunday morning was a beautiful morning although I was in the shadows taking these
photos so not the best. 
Cute little island!
It's great watching life out on the water. Boats of all shapes and sizes.
This ship was fully laden.....
Maybe that's where these logs were heading as I left home on Friday
Back home again and a walk in the countryside - here's my normal sort of vista!
Now you all know that what happens on retreat stays on retreat so I'm leaving it there for now :-) Can you tell I had a great time? Loved it!!
...see you next time and happy creating...


  1. Wonderful photos Raewyn...where was the retreat? Love the beach with the rope swing....came over all nostalgic!!! That is a great idea to hang things as they are made so everyone can see! Good to hear you had a great time.

  2. Looks like a lovely place for a retreat - where did you go?

  3. Awesome Raewyn and such a beautiful place xx

  4. Awesome photo's! Love that setting on your camera. I'm pleased you didn't put the photo/photo's of me being naughty up here :-)
    We had a fab time.

  5. Very inspiring place for a retreat. Hope you are now refreshed and revitalised. Your bubba's quilt is going to be so cute x

  6. It looks like a great place for a retreat.

  7. Wow - what a great place for a retreat! I'd probably spend my days hand sewing down by the water. Glad you had a great time!!

  8. What beautiful scenery. The retreat room is so spacious and it is great to have so much natural light when you are working. What a great idea to hang projects as they are completed!

  9. Looks like a wonderful time. This is the second quilt retreat post I've read today and I'm feeling a little envious.

  10. Oh, I am so glad that you shared this with us . . . how fun it must be to get together with other quilters and in such a beautiful area. I'm happy that you were able to get away and relax with the girls:)

  11. Looks like a wonderful retreat venue--inside and out.
    But then, your views from home are pretty cool, too.
    Glad you had a good time, Raewyn. : )

  12. Sounds a wonderful retreat. Love your baby quilt!!! And the cup cakes very clever.

  13. I admit to being a tad bit envious. Not only reatreat, but retreat in such a pretty setting! I love the idea of hanging "finishes" as you go.

  14. Beautiful setting for your retreat, where was it held Raewyn?

  15. Looks like you all had a great time Raewyn, was thinking of you all at Retreat. It looks such a wonderful place & setting where you go to each year. Those cupcakes are amazing !!!!

  16. Lovely photos Raewyn and sure looks like a fabulous time was had by all...

  17. Hard to believe you got any sewing done in such a beautiful location. Retreat weekends are good for the soul.

  18. So envious of these retreats! So so lovely to get this time away and enjoy it with friends :)

  19. How fun to see your pictures Raewyn. I would have had a hard time sewing with such a beautiful setting so near at hand. I love to be down by the sea, Glad that you had a great retreat!

  20. Thanks for sharing your retreat with us , it sure looked like you had a fun time and the surroundings were wonderful !

  21. Aww how lovely Raewyn - having some "me" time is so important and the retreat sounds wonderful!
    That beach looks amazing - what is it called? I wish I was a little girl again to hop on that swing!
    A gathering of creative minds sounds inspiring!
    Shane x

  22. What a lovely location. I can see why you like it.
    Looks like a very productive group with all the different projects on the go.
    And the work space looks big and light.

  23. Wow, great setting for a retreat! And lots of projects 'under construction' by the look of it... your baby quilt looks cute! Glad you enjoyed it! Linda

  24. I love the scenery in these photos from your retreat! such a very pretty place

  25. I love the panorama pics! looks like you had a great time. Thanks for sharing!

  26. gorgeous place to have a retreat.

  27. What a great setting for a retreat :-)


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