Monday, 21 September 2009

Gosh, what a trip we have had!!

We have not posted for over a month but it has been a busy one! Not much crafting because of all the other parts of life that intervene.

We had a sale in our Madeit shop - it is a real buzz when someone chooses to buy something that you have crafted yourself.

We have been on a family holiday and some of us are still holidaying. More about that next.

I have sewn some necessary squash skirts for Avid Crafter who is coming back from Sydney to go back to Sydney to compete in the Junior National Squash Championships.

The family holiday has just finished for me and DS who are back home but Avid Crafter and DH are bringing the car back and will have two more nights of holidays. We put the car on the Spirit of Tasmania and drove to Sydney via Lakes Entrance, Merimbula, Canberra, Bathurst and Katoomba. Two nights or three nights in most places except Bathurst. We ended up in Sydney in time for DS and his team mate to compete in the National Junior Robocup competition for his fifth and final time. Their team called The Covenant did really well ending up National Champions in the Premier division of the soccer competition.

A big proud mother moment for me!!

It has been a five year labour of love for our son who set the big goal three years ago with a simple statement - "In three years we will win the national competition" - after coming back from his second sponsored trip to the national competition. It has taken three years, they came close last year and then this year after a very tense Grand Final they won. The game was a very close competition with the score being level at 4 each with 45 seconds to go. A spectacular goal by on of DS's robots gave them the lead and it was a nail biting countdown to the final whistle as the ball remained in their defensive end right up to the whistle.

Both families made the trip to Sydney to cheer them on and became very involved with the tense atmosphere of the final. Shaking hands and breaths held as the other team kept leveling the score. Big cheers for every hard fought goal and then a very vocal count down of the last seconds - hoping that they held on to that very slender lead of one goal for the last 40 seconds.

We are so proud of the efforts the boys have put in over three years, fitting it in around school, sport and normal teenage social activities.

Avid Crafter got her first taste of Sydney. We had booked and organised our holiday before finding out that she had been selected in the state squad for the National Junior Squash Championships. This had led to the silly situation where she is driving back from Sydney to be home for one night before heading back to Sydney so her second taste of Sydney is going to occur right after her first! Life does get interesting at times.

On the crafting front we were able to visit a couple of craft related shops on our travels. One of these was at Bathurst. We got to browse in The Home Patch. This is the store next to where those lovely Hatched and Patched stitcheries were designed. Oh was it a nice place to browse. Avid Crafter and I got to look around and spend while the car went to a local car wash. The main purpose of adding Bathurst to the itinerary was for two others to have the opportunity to drive around the Mount Panorama race circuit but visiting The Home Patch was a splendid side effect of that!

In Sydney we spent lots of time in Morris and Sons to come away with some silk thread and stitching kits.

Sorry no photos yet - I am waiting for my camera to come home with those still on holiday.
Will stop now as the eyes are getting fuzzy - 4:30 start to get to the airport this morning.


  1. What a busy time you've had ! I'm glad you're back safe and well .

  2. Well done to "The Covenant" - an amazing achievement. Premier soccer is such a challenging division - great way to finish up his Robocup experience. How exciting that avid crafter is in the state squash team - best of luck for her tournament! Glad you managed to get some crafty time on your travels too:)


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