Friday, 29 April 2016

Relaxation after some heavy retail therapy and a dedication.

After some very involved retail therapy for a couple of days, it was time to relax a little, Tony and Elva were very keen to take us on an expedition into the lakes district and countryside. DH and I were eager to participate in this little adventure as well. On Saturday we all set off for the Land between the lakes, after a visit to Walmart, as my youngest son Alex requested Jiffs peanut butter and some butterfingers we went o Walmart to stock up. Little did I realise that Walmart stocked fabric, so a quick shop turned into a couple of hours, my fault!
 A lot of goodies purchased, as well as some fabric.
A little delay, but off we set for the lake, Tony and Elva took us the long way round to the lake as they were being the perfect hosts and wanted to show us as much of the countryside as they could, it would normally take 25 mins to drive to the lake, but as we had a couple of stops on the way, we arrived 2 1/2hrs later.
One of our first stops was the Grand River quilt show.
Whilst Elva and I looked at the quilts, the boys went antique shopping, on a quest for our daughter in law- no luck.
Some nice quilts on display
This was interesting, quilt below
War times certainly does have some great stories.
This was my viewers choice.
A close up of the embroidery.
There was a miniature house / home challenge as well.
First prize.
After the quilt show we visited a Sanctuary for Bison and Elk, we were fortunate enough to see both as well as wild turkey. Thank you Tony for your perfect photos.
Wild turkey
A herd of Bison
Even a number of babies
Another stop on the way, don't you just love American decorating styles.
I found some little treasures in here.
On the way to the land between the lakes we stopped to get some lunch at Belews, this was quite a novelty, you do not get out of your car, it is curb side service and I must say, it sold the best southern fried chicken.
We finally arrived at the lake, AHHHH ! the serenity, we had lunch, and set up chairs to enjoy the scenery.
Had some visitors as well.
A very enjoyable day, was had by all.
Sunday, was our quite day and time to pack and see what overall damage that I had done with excess luggage.
My fabric stash and some extras
Walmart even had goop and the glue that I use, happy days
More fabric off course and some minature resin antlers.
Embroidery bits
Stencils, all in all a great time was had by me....
Let me share this morsel, with you, bought by Elva,for us said to be the best apple fritter that you can try, and I must say it was good, but you only need a small amount, very sweet and very moorish.

This ends our time in Paducah and I must say DH and I, had the most amazing time, we felt that we were blessed with our host's Tony and Elva, when we first met it was like we had been friends for years and we all just clicked. Our accomadation felt like home and we were very grateful for the extras tagged onto our stay, my every whim was catered too, transportation provided and a debt of gratitude to Elva for taking time away from work, to be available for us, a couple of Aussies a long way from home. Thank you for introducing your family and friends to us, we were made to feel so welcome and all that you did, was very much appreciated. Distance may divide us, but enduring friendship will prevail, this post is dedicated to you both, a heartfelt thank you and God bless.

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