Wednesday, 21 May 2008

Very special guests

I'm working backwards here. Some of these photos were taken before the ones in the previous post. Two of our special guests arrived early for the Artistic journey retreat. I was going to pick Misty up from the airport on Tuesday morning, but she called me Monday night to say she'd missed her connecting flight to Oz, so she would have to stay the night in LA. In the afternoon I met Nina at the airport after her weeks teaching in WA. I took her back to my house, what a nightmare of a trip on the free way, it should have been free that day, it took three hours. My husband and I took her to one of our local restaurants in the hills for dinner. Nina seems to meet up with fellow Americans wherever she goes, one of the young waiters was from the US and had recently visited Nina's neck of the woods.



Bright and early, 6.00am to be precise Nina and I left to pick Misty up from the airport, she made it this time, early in fact.



We came back to my place then off to meet with two very special people, Samm and Mandy, they were so excited, they'd been communicating via email with Misty for some time so were very keen to actually meet her. We had a great lunch at one of the galleries on the Peninsula then went to the beach to hunt for sea glass.



Two very excited ladies.



Treasure hunting.



Misty the photographer.



Nina the beachcomber.



Back at the apartments. The three musketeers.

This was the last day. Traci was off to Sydney so she couldn't go with Nina, Misty and me to explore down town Melbourne. We walked our feet off, stopping at one of the many cafes in the little lane ways and arcades Melbourne is famous for. Again Nina met up with a fellow American who was a waiter at the cafe where we had lunch. I think they must love working in our cafes. We only managed to see about a third of the city before the light and our stamina faded. The city turned on it's magical night lights, where Southgate on the Yarra comes alive. People hustling and bustling to get home. Black suits everywhere. It was the end of a wonderful day and a wonderful week of excitement and creativity. I made some very special friends and I'll miss them all very much and can't wait until the next event.

22 comments:

Sharon said...

Ro, thank you for sharing this special time and people. I enjoyed so much.

Judy Wise said...

It made my heart so very happy to see some of my favorite people together in the land of Oz. How fortunate and sweet for all of you to have had the adventure you did. Thank you for sharing it with us.

Jen Crossley said...

What a wonderful experience you had Ro to meet up with such special people.
You would of been the perfect hostess
Jen

katie said...

oh ro,
this sounds like such a wonderful time that you all had - i second judy, my heart is warmed thinking about you all sharing time together in the magical (it's got to be - kangaroos?!!) Oz. And your class looks like it was way fun too.
xo katie

misty said...

Dear Ro, you are truly a gift to this world, how grateful i am to you for all that you did for nina, & me, thank you just isn't enough.
i made it home early this morning and am trying so hard to take myself back to your beautiful country, thru blogs, emails, photos (never enough), memories, anything to take me back. i just know i will be back in person...how could i not with such dear friends to see again and more memories to be made. thank you so much from the bottom of my warm, happy, and a little bit sad heart from having such a lovely time with such beautiful souls, that passed by way too fast. much love. xo

Corrine said...

Hi Ro,
I agree with Misty, I can't believe that this event, looked forward to for so long, has passed by so quickly. I had such a great time, that the real world seems drab in comparison. Rugby practise for the boys intrudes into art time!
Corrine

sharon young said...

Hi Ro
I agree with all that's been said, there's nothing quite like being with friends who have the same passion for something, and best of all a great teacher who loves to share her knowledge so generously, a rare thing in my experience as a courseaholic :-)
Would so loved to have joined in.

NS said...

Ro - now I know why Misty is not updating her blogspot....

Lucky you

Dot said...

Beautiful photo's Ro of beautiful people. I am sure you would have been the most perfect hostess. I love the photo of Traci, Nina and Misty together. They look very relaxed and happy.

Dot said...

P.S I agree with what Misty wrote about you being a gift to the world too. You are a VERY special lady.

Marilyn Rock said...

What a marvelous experience Ro! Thanks for sharing it with us here on your Blog.

Maria said...

Great photos & what a great week you all had! So many people travelling such great distances says a lot about the quality of the workshops!

Sam Marshall said...

HiRo,
Looks like you all had a wonderful time!
xxxx

Cre8Tiva said...

looks like a fun time...i have missed so much while i was distracted...hugs and blessings, rebecca

Robyn said...

I would love to have been a fly on the wall to listen to the buzz and laughter between you awesome art souls. What a treat!

sammiam said...

two very excited ladies indeed! we were definately the ones with the waggily tails!
thank you for everything Ro.... i have some lovely memories to keep close xoxoxo

Cindy Dean said...

Looks like you had a fantastic time! Best wishes!

Jacky said...

Ro it must have been wonderful hosting these girls! They are such wonderful warm people... it would have been a joy to spend time with Misty, Nina and Traci.
The Art Retreat was fantastic - made special by such wonderful tutors as yourself and our American friends.
How lucky we are that the girls from Artistic Journey organised such a wonderful retreat for us.

m said...

what a fun time!

Karen Cole said...

I can so very much relate to the joy you had meeting like minded souls, creating together and sharing in the worlds beauty.

Someday Ro....we will meet, I just know it. Something to look forward to...for me, for sure.

Happy day.

Becky Vigor said...

Wow you've been so busy since I was last here! You seem to be in a creative swirl atm and I loved seeing your papers and collages, as well as the stamps. I have some of those blue blocks and have never done anything with them, but must. Your workshops look great and I wish we weren't on opposite sides of the world so I could come and play!

steph said...

man
looks like you girls had a fab time! i'm loving your journal pages prev. post... your eye for color/combo inspires and amazes me constantly