Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Grand Bend Tornado

Hello Quilters!

A big thank you to all of you that have sent emails and made phone calls to see if Hubby and I are okay.  We are not hurt........just in a state of shock, I think.  Who ever thinks that they will be in a tornado?????

We had three trees come through the roof over our master bedroom.  Here's what that looks like.

The walls are cracked and the main roof trusses are broken.  Our builder came out and thinks that they will need to replace the entire south wall of the house plus some of the eastern side and we will need a new roof and trusses.  That means we will need to move out for a bit.  We won't know the complete details of the reconstruction for a couple of week.  In the meantime, we are living in the basement in one of the guest rooms so we are fine.

The tree guys have been here for 2 days trying to get the trees out of the roof.  Today they brought in a crane.  There are some very nasty noises coming from the bedroom!!!!  As long as there isn't a big crash I guess we are okay.....

We have lost close 15-20 mature trees mostly oaks and pines.  Anyone need some free firewood???

The good news is.......my studio is fine.  

Again, thanks for all your calls and emails.  It's nice to know we have such caring friends.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

A Very Bad Blogger

Hello Quilters!

Yes, I have been very neglectful of my blog lately.  Sorry about that!

Hubby and I had a wonderful trip to France and England in June.  We went to northern France to visit the gravesites of my husband's Grandfather and Great Uncles who died in World War I.  It was very touching to see how beautifully maintained the military cemeteries were.  The respect for the Canadian soldiers who fought and died for France is still very much present there.

We were able to visit the Vimy Memorial.  The memorial itself is breathtaking.  The grounds had the remains of the tunnels and trenches embedded in the landscape and a few restored ones for visitors to walk in.

From there we travelled by train to Paris.  We had rented an apartment rather than staying in a tiny hotel room for the same price.  It was so much fun to have a taste of Parisian life!  The apartment was rented through Perfectly Paris in the Montmartre area of Paris.  Having experienced this sort of accommodation, I wouldn't hesitate to do this again.
Notre Dame Cathedral

The Louvre
We spent 5 glorious days exploring Paris and can't wait to go back again.

From there we travelled by the Euro Star Train through the Chunnel from Paris to London, England.
Going through the Chunnel had been on my life list.......check!! It was a bit anti-climatic as there is no real fanfare just 20 minutes of darkness and your in England.

We were in England staying in East Grinstead to do some family tree investigation for my Father's family who lived in East Grinstead for 3 generations.
East Grinstead, UK

Churchyard of St. Swithuns Church in East Grinstead

Altar of St. Peter and St. Paul's Church in Edenbridge, UK where my many times great-grandparents were married in 1705.
As you can see, we had a very memorable trip and hope to return once again some day.
Unfortunately, I've hit a bit of a bump in the road health wise so I haven't been very productive in the studio.  This is my only completed project this month.
Voyager Bag