It was my first time joining the retreat and let me tell you... there is very little sleeping going on and, instead, a whole lot of creating &, what can only be described as, black-belt EATING 88
Between the rich & decadent meals, prepared by the women attending the retreat, I managed to finish up a few projects...
this table runner has been in the making for months. The red fabric was a thrift store purchase (all of .50 cents) Many thanks to the person who donated it :)
I started sewing this quilt some 17 years ago when I lived in Leskard Ontario! I had NO idea what I was doing at the time and gave up soon after I'd begun! At the time, I also had no idea that I'd eventually find my way North and settle in a quilting rich community! .. Am I ever glad I dragged those bits & pieces around for all of these years. Today, I have a fabulous (if I don't say so myself) quilt because of it!!
I am well into the throws of a steep learning curve...
This project took only a few hours, for the other quilters, to perfect.
MY bird took
So...well nourished with great food & great laughter,
somewhat over tired but with various projects completed,
I returned home to my family.
It was my first time away from them & I must say,
I struggled, at moments, missing them deeply.
But one look at Adelaide's reaction to my efforts...
Angie & Loic didn't know if they'd get to their waiting ferry or not,
and onto the next part of their adventure...
with special permission to cross the barricades
and with enough emergency supply to last a week...
we ventured on.
I was hesitant!
The Sky was filled with clouds the higher up the pass we got...
but the snowfall had ended, the winds had blown themselves out
and the ploughs were back on the Pass... More vehicles passed us,
indicating that the highway had been opened to public traffic...
much to my relief!
It didn't take long for me to relax into the passenger seat feeling confident with Sean's abilities and knowledge of the area... He lived on the Pass for a number of years and knows the climate & landscape like the back of his hand (hence the "special permission")
The highway meanders though a magical land of snow & mountain peeks
where sometimes you can't see the sky from the land
Nor the sign posts through the snow...
and all that surrounds you is
It was easy to forget the purpose of our trip,
by getting lost in the beauty that surrounded us...
and enjoying Angelique's excitement
for the rugged landscape,
(Tuckered out, Loic slept in the back...waking, on occasion, to enjoy the view)
The south side of the Pass offered a spectacular back drop
of blue skys with mammoth coastal trees, magestic mountains
and, an abundance of snow!
A pang struck my heart when we approach this sign...
a reminder of our purpose...
to deliver Angie & Loic to the Ferry that would sail them away from us
and our lives in the Yukon.
But they looked SO happy ...
and I know that life long friendships have been forged...
but how does one explain to toddlers the tears of good-byes?
That their beloved friends,
and now trusted family members
are leaving us?
It was, and still remains, difficult...
I do know that as sure as the the full moon
is capable of lighting our way home
over a snowy pass on a clear night,
and always keeps it's promise to come again...
so too will our friends, one day, follow the moon light home to
their Northern Cabin...
And what a grand reunion it will be...
Perhaps that same full moon will light our way to France
Big changes are instore !!
No longer,"Living off the grid" but still in the Yukon with my best friend (and Hubby) and growning twin daughters! From an outhouse and chamber pots to three flushies and a jacuzzi ;) From no-speed to High-speed. The "Bush Dwellers" turn "Townies".
Apparently, a new chapter has begun in the on-going adventure...