After a torturous 24 hours travel from Sydney, we found ourselves in Lima, Peru. Weather report…20-27C, humid enough to give my curl a kick! We’ve spent 2 nights in Lima because we missed it last trip, I was hell bent on seeing Museo Larco.
If you go, don’t be shy, visit the erotic pottery exhibition for a really intriguing insight as to how pre Colombian Peruvians viewed sex, completely cool with it being ‘recreational’ before the Spanish moved into town – seriously enlightening. No photos of THAT, this is strictly a family blog!!
Following Lima it was on to Quito, Ecuador where the others visited the Cotopaxi volcano and Lake Quilotoa. I did not, having contracted a dire bug which had me holed up in a less than illustrious hacienda acquainting myself with oregano tea and the amenities! There is nothing that makes you hate travelling more than a tummy bug – like the scouts – BE PREPARED, take antibiotics and stuff!
We took a private salsa lesson with our friends before flying into the Galápagos Islands for 1 week. At this point I’d like to draw attention to my complete lack of prowess in any activity remotely sporting, I spent my entire childhood dancing. Thank goodness we can all find our niche!
Onto Cuba via Panama (2-3 days would have sufficed thank you very much – we overstayed!), then Mexico (Isla Du Mejeres) to see the Mayan ruins and home via Dallas. None of this is direct, its all via somewhere we don’t necessarily want to be, such is the lot of an antipodean!
After 3 weeks on the market, our home in inner city Sydney was sold at auction for a price that had us grinning ear to ear. We’ll move 3 weeks after we return to Oz, thankfully we have a house offshore, north of Sydders that needs to be knocked down and rebuilt – the termites have had their meal, now its out turn! Being water access only, my long suffering husband will travel over the water and back in order to get to work, daily, courtesy of Uberboat (me!). This is de rigeur for the Pittwater area – we love it, but I’m just hoping it doesn’t wear thin before the rebuild!!
In order to keep this loosely sewing based, cough, splutter, I’ve added a few photos of the free Tessuti fave top in a slubby poly cotton knit from The Fabric Store ($6/m on special). I found this free pattern to be surprisingly chic! She easily sashayed from pre snorkelling breakfast on the Galapagos boat to life jacket for the beach landing.
After the successful house auction I had 1 week to sew like a mad woman, surrounded by packing boxes, scavenged from storage. There was manic tea chest diving adventure to find, scissors, overlocker, thread and the elusive self drafted patterns for tee shirts on which I rely heavily. They were the last thing to be unearthed and frankly I was grief stricken when they proved elusive. Imagine if the guys who packed had chucked ’em in the recycling? What was the point of a sewing spree without my patterns, everything else was replaceable. That little episode really hit home what I most cherish in my sewing life, the blocks and self drafted patterns, tweaked to near perfection over the past 3-4 years. Everything else is dispensable!