Friday, November 13, 2015

Another Caswell block, and our Singapore Cruise

First up, I just wanted to quickly share my latest Caswell Quilt block - I finished it on Wednesday afternoon at quilt group - it just needed a couple of embroidery details:

Caswell Quilt - Block A1

Why on earth didn't I give it a quick press before I took the picture?? Laziness, that's why ... I'm sure of it! I think this is my favourite one so far. I have made three blocks now - I've also finished the one I showed recently, but I need to wash away the blue lines before I take a picture. 90% of Block A1 was completed on the ship - often while we were doing fun things like hanging in the Schooner Bar doing the trivia quizzes ... or maybe in the High Notes Bar while watching the world go by, or while hanging with the little people down in the pool.

And thinking of our vacation - my family and I returned last week from a two week cruise on the Royal Caribbean Voyager of the Seas. We flew to Singapore and cruised back down to Sydney. My parents, Amy and her boyfriend Mark, Camo and I were the happy travellers (sadly Martin had work commitments), and here are a couple of our happy snaps:

This is a quick picture of the view from our room in Singapore - we were only there overnight, and managed to get a little shopping in, but not much. It was really hard to get nice pictures as Singapore is super hazy right now from the fires in Indonesia. I don't really want to get started on it, but it really hurts my heart thinking about the forest and habitat destruction from the fires. Just devastating.

Anyway ... the next day we were shuttled to the cruise terminal, as we got close, we got our first glimpse of the two Royal Caribbean ships in port:

That's our home for the next two weeks! The Mariner of the Seas was in port too, and the passenger terminal was buzzing with people!

When we got on, it was straight to the staterooms to dump our bags and explore, and this is the room Camo and I shared:

We had a lovely balcony on the other side of the curtain, and I managed to while away a few hours there!

On the first night we were too tired to head to the Sapphire Room for dining, but on the second night, and every night thereafter we loved to dine there. We grew very attached to our waiters, they were just lovely people.

Here you see my Dad, Shrijit our waiter, Amy and Mark. I have to admit I don't have too many pictures with me on the other side of the camera, but there are a couple of fun ones I'll share later.

Our stateroom attendant Norman was super fun too, I can't even tell you how much I would have loved to bring him home - he was so cheerful and nothing was too much trouble. Camo loved the towel animals he'd surprise us with:

How do you even come up with these? Super fun!

And the last picture for the day, I nicked this from my Dad's Facebook, a snap of the ship as we were tendering to Airlie Beach:

Such a great picture. I have so many more pictures to go through, some of the Halloween party onboard, a few of different places we visited, and other bits and pieces from around the ship.

We had such an amazing time, and I think it's fair to say we're all addicted to cruising now. Our next trip is already being discussed, and I can't wait. What an amazing year I've had so far, and there is still more to come!

Lastly, thank you so much for all your comments on my lucky win in the quilt show. I'm just getting ready to respond to all my emails, so I'll check in with you all soon. Chatter soon! xox


Karen - Quilts...etc. said...

I bet you had a fun time! I have been on a cruise two times and although it was fun I like being on land more LOL -- I hope you had some good ports that you pulled into.
I need to get back to my Caswell blocks - took a longer break then I intended to.

Tired Teacher said...

This block is my favorite so far, too. Well done!

I visited Singapore decades ago and fell in love with the city. Thanks for including a snap of the city.

Wendy Caton Reed said...

Oooo! THat block is beautiful. Love your colors too.

Linda said...

Twasn't a lucky win. You worked hard and produced a stunning quilt! Glad your cruise was so fantastic. Some day. . .
Lurking Linda

Annette said...

Thanks for sharing your holiday photos with us, I've also enjoyed a Royal Carribean cruise, stitching on holidays creates conversation with others also. Why do you use the word vacation instead of the English word holiday! Australia is loosing it's (vacation) biscuit (cookie) soft drink (soda) and so on.....keep us Aussie proud!

Raewyn said...

It sounds like you had a fantastic time, and I love the Caswell block you've just finished. Congratulations, too, on your wins with your beautiful quilt!!!

ruthsplace said...

The Caswell block is stunning, it's going to be a fabulous quilt. The cruise looks like lots of fun.

Karen said...

Your bird fabric choices....very good.


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