maandag 18 september 2017

A few days in Hong Kong

Twice in the past we had some time in Hong Kong in between flight connections to far away destinations. Both times we found we had too little time to explore this exciting city.

So… as emptynesters and with only a small window of opportunity this summer/fall for a holiday we decided that now was the time to make use of those cheaper tickets and hotel bookings outside of the main holiday season and head east.

A multifaceted city, full of energy and contrasts, modern versus traditional, East meets West, you name it, it is all there, I can go on and on about our adventures those few days, let me just share a few of them.

The views, spectacular

From our hotel room, during the day

and at night

Traditional Hong Kong

A visit to the Big Buddha on Lantau Island by cable car

The hustle and bustle of the markets during the day

Trying out the local street food

Ok, we did not try this..

But these we loved!

The markets are just as busy at night especially at the street restaurants


Another night, another market, another dinner

Not far from our hotel was the Che Kung temple

On our first night we watched the famous night time light show on Hong Kong Island from the Kowloon pier area, when we saw two traditional sampan boats sailing the harbour at that time. 

On our last night we were able to join one of them which was a spectacular way to end a fabulous few days in this impressive city.

It was fantastic!


maandag 28 augustus 2017

A superduper Dawn & Dorry day!

In so many ways a wonderful day this Saturday.

After a drive of almost 2 hours I arrived at Dorry’s farm/shop when the first thing that I always notice when I arrive there is how wonderfully quiet it is. I always take a few moments to take that in.

Then it was on to the house for the Hexagon Event with Dawn Cook Ronningen (click).

The last time Dawn was in our country we spent a wonderful day looking at her beautiful quilts at my house and then visited Delft, so it was wonderful to see her again and meet her husband Mike, who is travelling with her this time.

Dorry (click) had – as usual- made the most of her AGA and had lots of yummy things waiting for us.

Many familiar faces arriving, always great to meet up again with so many fun and sweet quilters.
All in all it was a great, fun, inspirational, creative, yummy day with gorgeous weather, lovely people, great food, beautiful surroundings, lots of stories and lots of laughs.

An impression:

At Dorry’s

Just a few of the antique hexagon quilts that Dawn showed, pictures published with the permission of Dawn:

Some of the quilts were so thin you could see through them

And some quilts/tops still had paper pieces in them, a bit of history

And last but certainly not least, Dorry’s own antique hexagon quilt on the wall in her living room

A yummy lunch provided by Dorry and her mum

Then it was on to the workshop, a great package was waiting for us so we could start sewing really quickly

In between lots of other things going on like Betty (click) taking pictures of her beautiful quilt

Like I said, it was a superb day, also via this blogpost I would like to thank everyone involved again for making it so memorable.

Back to the hexies later today!