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fun in the sun

July 7, 2017

after several years of blog visiting and emails

we met in person

Bryan and I picked Velma up at the airport

hi Velma, welcome to Victoria

we spent a day together before the conference started

Bryan was excited when he opened his boxes

he couldn’t remember if he’d sent these!

we had a private lesson making bamboo reeds

cutting bamboo looks dangerous

this is the correct way to start the string

a  string half hitch between each thin bamboo strip determines the dent spacing

this is as far as I got

after each day at the conference I was so tired my brain didn’t work

I need to finish before I forget how to do it

then I would have to go to Japan for another lesson!

Bryan left this small cloth tiny sashiko stitches on two layers of fine cotton

well used, soft – it speaks to me

and this little bamboo basket he taught in his class

with toonies and loonies – they weigh you down and make holes in your pockets

I spent an entire day

taking all the paper off the display boxes – that I’d spent hours putting on

flattened all the cardboard

sorted paper and plastic

and took it to the municipal recycle

conference work is not over when everyone goes home!



11 Comments leave one →
  1. July 10, 2017 4:42 am

    lucky you. enjoying the company of those 2!!


    • July 10, 2017 7:59 am

      Neki – we were all so busy, and the time just flew by.

      Liked by 1 person

      • vdbolyard permalink
        July 10, 2017 8:18 am

        warp speed. it would be fun to enjoy each other at a slightly slower pace!


      • July 10, 2017 9:42 am

        Velma – I feel so bad that we didn’t have more time together, I’ve never felt so stressed out in my 74 years. People have been asking me if I’d do it again. What a joke!!

        Liked by 1 person

  2. vdbolyard permalink
    July 9, 2017 11:50 pm

    it was an amazing time, jean. really fine to play and talk (and eat) with you and bryan.


  3. July 8, 2017 4:28 am

    Oh, is that pesky conference finally over?! It must be both a relief and a letdown . . .


  4. Kristin permalink
    July 7, 2017 1:01 pm

    How nice that you finally got to meet Velma! Cutting the bamboo made me a little nervous, but not as nervous as it made Bryan (watching us, that is!). I am very fond of the hemp leaf stitch, too. Probably my favorite.


    • July 7, 2017 1:29 pm

      Kristin – did he tell you he cut his finger down to the bone just before coming – cutting bamboo. I got to meet you, too. If only briefly. Meeting people was the best part of the conference for me.


      • Kristin permalink
        July 7, 2017 3:29 pm

        Yes, he showed us the lovely scar. I think I’ll wear heavy duty gloves when using the machete!


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