Monday, 26 August 2013

It’s been a Rocky week…..

Yes, I’ve been away……all last week and arrived home on Saturday evening, which is why it’s been rather quiet on my blog lately!  You see, earlier in the year, I had been invited to join our local council’s RADF committee… ie,  the Regional Arts Development Fund….a group that helps distribute funds for the Arts in our Regional Areas.  So as part of my training, I went away with 4 other ladies to Rockhampton, a regional centre about 7 hours drive south, well known for beef production, where we attended an Arts Conference, to learn all about what other regional areas are doing to promote the Arts in their areas….WOW……talk about inspirational!!!  It was a wonderful experience and met some wonderful people, stayed in a massive motel suite (4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms!!!)…. 024 (Medium)025 (Medium)026 (Medium) with glorious views of the river…. 014 (Medium)016 (Medium) ate some lovely foods…. 003 (Medium) and experienced some ‘interesting’ variations of ‘the arts’….. 004 (Medium) (yes, they ARE cone-heads, and ping pong balls for kneecaps in their lycra pants!!!!! EEK!) 010 (Medium)011 (Medium) not a great picture from the IPhone, but yes, that IS a carrot he’s playing!!!!!! Unfortunately one of the ladies in our group had a turn during the week in one of the meetings and she had to be taken to hospital by ambulance……it seems her recent increase in medication didn’t agree with her and she dehydrated rather badly.  She’s ok now though, and I must say, the ambos, organisers and some other attendees to the conference were just wonderful to her…we were blown away!  We did however, miss the conference dinner which was to be held at a beachside area of Yeppoon, spending much of the evening in the emergency department….an interesting eye opener!  I take my hat off to the medical profession, that’s for sure! We stopped on our travels home and visited some fantastic crafty shops where I just couldn’t resist myself!!!!!  Even stopped at the Sarina Sugar Shed, which is like a ‘mini’  Bundaberg Rum Distillery , an iconic place to visit in Queensland….definitely well-worth the visit if you’re passing through either of those areas. So you can see why I was exhausted and didn’t have a moment to spare?!  However, while I was away, I got an email from Cheryll saying she couldn’t link up to the Birthday-Love Stash sign-up this month back HERE…..so when I got home I investigated it…seems Mr Linky doesn’t like two linky’s going at once……so I upgraded (cheap as chips!!) and now I’ve got it working again! birthday love stash button Sorry to do this to you for a second time….I’m a slow learner, I admit, but this WILL be the last time,  as the problem’s now fixed!!!!  You may need to go back and re-sign up if you linked already….but if you haven’t and would like to, I recommend you do…great prizes this month and with a week to go till drawing time……you have a great chance seeing as all link up’s dropped out!!!! grrrrrrrr!!!  You can read all about it HERE and go ahead and sign in for this month’s draw HERE Off to catch up on a MOUNTAIN of things….where is the cleaning/washing fairy when you go away…I think someone hijacked mine!!!!!!!  sugary hugs:o) xox my signature  

5 comments:

Susan said...

I think that sounds like a great experience - despite the hiccup...glad she's OK now though..

cq4fun said...

Okay, I answered my own question - it's for August. =) Your trip looks wonderful. I'm so glad you could go and your friend turned out okay.

Diane-crewe said...

a long drive ... but sounds as if it was well worth it .. except for the unfortunate side trip!! glad you had a good .. and safe trip x

Peg - Happy In Quilting said...

Great experience...love all the photos....

Sew Useful Designs said...

Wow honey, sounds like you had a great time, besides your new friend's trip in to ER. Poor love! So glad you had an inspirational journey though... and ping pong balls? Who'd have thunk it?! I would have BLUSHED, sweetie!!!!! Ha ha! Hey - when you're finished with your cleaning/washing fairy - can you send her over to my place? ;-) Cheers sweetie! Hugs! Vikki xoxoxo