On the other side of the world

A little under a week of being at a scientific conference in Tampa, Florida. I started by sewing in the plane, on the way. A good way to pass a long, long flight, wearing my new necklace (from C&A!). I got three extra for friends because I liked it so much.

Florida4After 8 hours on the plane — not all of them sewing! — I had this set of hexies. The big burly man to my right didn’t give me a single glance as he played car racing on this phone… He may have had fun outracing his imaginary friends, but I was proud to have something to show for my time spent wedged into a tiny space on an airplane.

Floridapp1After the long trip, I had five four intense days at my conference: two presentations for me to give, and lots of time spent attending other sessions, debates, meetings, meals, making new friends and renewing contacts with distant colleagues. It was intense!

The final day, before flying home, I had a wonderful roadtrip with Ms M: Ms E’s wonderful mother, otherwise known as the Quilt Fairy from Patchwork in the Peaks. She was my favourite Ironing Fairy, quietly whisking away my piecing just when I could not face ironing any more and just wanted to sew, sew, sew. It was wonderful to see her here, on the sunny shores of Florida. We put our toes into the Bay of Mexico.

Floridab2Floridab3 Floridab1 Floridab4 Floridab5It was a wonderful full day of chatting, visiting, shopping and sightseeing. Now, happily refreshed, I am packing my case.

Happy travelling… and sewing all the way home? JJ

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4 Responses to On the other side of the world

  1. Katy says:

    Glad to see it wasn’t all work, work, work!

  2. Francine says:

    Looks like you had a great trip – I’m so jealous you got to hang with Ms. M – what a fantastic woman she is!

  3. Pamela says:

    Sounds like you had a great trip. How wonderful that you were able to work on hexies while away!

  4. Sounds like fun. Glad you didn’t run into my son, who is taking drivers ed, in Tampa. Would not trust him behind the wheel. When are you moving to Tuscany?

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