Friday, September 3, 2010

Hello from Switzerland ...

Finally mastering my sons computer, so thought I would do a little post after our trip to Lucerne this week. What a beautiful and picturesque city....amazing architecture, medieval city, the gorgeous Lake Lucerne and we had the most beautiful weather.
Paul and I at lake Lucerne
The beautiful city on the river with lovely *old* bridges.
The Flower Bridge as I called it, but know as The Chapel Bridge...this was constructed in the early 14th century...coming from Australia, which is such a young country, this is just amazing. Click for closer views of the photos.
Matt and I at the end of the bridge...the flowers in this country are beautiful.
Yes, I did bring some art suplies with me. My trusty journal (which I might add I havent been doing nearly as much in as I planned). A couple of small pieces of fabric, muslin and some dyed fabric and a few threads to play with. There are the most beautiful woods close to where my son lives and my husband I walk up there most days....I am so inspired by these woods and dreaming up mythical maidens who live/lived in these woods, so thought I would do a stitchery inspired by them...as I dont have much fabric with me, they will be small but intricate.
I am soooo wishing I had a dye pot here...after seeing lots of posts on eco dyeing etc. I would love to try some on the finds from the woods here.
My son lives and competes in Europe as a Showjumper. I took this photo of Matt (left) and Paul (hubby) when they had finished riding on the arena the other day. Each day they ride out....sometimes up to the woods, sometimes training on the arena. Lovely to see them both together and enjoying their horses.

Paul and I are over here to be with Matt at the Selection Shows for the World Equestrian Games....he is one of 10 Australian's over in Europe at present for the selection shows to try and get a place on the Australian team (four riders and 1 reserve)...

Prada

This is the barn dog.... Prada. Each morning at about 9.30 - 10 she comes up to Matt's flat and sits with me while I stitch, read, get online. She is lovely company and at this moment is asleep beside me on the couch. We should both be out in the sunshine though...so I'd better finish now.

Will post some photos of the woods and the beautiful things I have seen over the next few weeks.

Loving my time in Switzerland with my son!!!!

LOVE IMPERFECTLY

- SARK -

Enjoy your week!

Jacky xox

40 comments:

Lee said...

Jacky, what a wonderful post, and what a wonderful time you're having in Switzerland with Matt and Paul. It looks gorgeous! I have tried sending you text messages but they keep bouncing back. I'm very interested to know how Matt fared in the first round of the selections. I miss you big sister and can't wait to see you and hear about all your adventures in Europe. Do you think you'll get to the Klimt museum? Both Rob & Hugh send hugs & kisses to you all (and me too of course). Lots of love, Lee xx

Notjustnat said...

Thanks Jacky for the gorgeous photos of Switzerland. You and Paul look relaxing and what a handsome son you got!!! Stitching the scene of where you are would be inspiring. Can't wait to see your piece. I miss you too Jacky - Hugs Nat

Sharon said...

Hi Jacky in Switzerland. Oh how beautiful it is there. I would call it the flower bridge too. Wishing Matt the best in the competitions.

Studio Sylvia said...

Amazing photos Jacky. Sounds like you are having a ball. Wishing your son success.

Jasmine said...

I have heard how beautiful Switzerland is, and your photos show it too.

Suzanna said...

Jacky, your photos are lovely...I look forward to seeing what you're working on. Good luck to your son in the competitions...such beautiful horses...hope you'll keep us updated.

lynne h said...

oh jacky! i am smiling! i love seeing a bit of where you are... it seems so far away and different from australia!

wishing matt all the best, and sending you love...

ArtPropelled said...

How exciting! You must be so proud of your son and what a treat to be in Switzerland. I think when you get home you will have the time to ponder over your adventures and much to journal about. In the mean time just absorb the wonderful atmosphere. Prada is a dapper little chap isn't he? Very appealing!

La Dolce Vita said...

just gorgeous you must be having a fab time!!

Nic Hohn said...

well look at you dear Jacky!!!! looking like your having the best time. good for you xoxox

Peggy Beck said...

You brought back my memory of lake Lucerne. I've been there with my Gary. It is certainly gorgeous there and to have your son in Switzerland is a wonderful opportunity for you to see the countryside and watch as he competes. Enjoy your visit.

Storycloth said...

This is a great post. I have learned a little about you and your family in such a gentle way. You must be so proud of your son. I loved reading about, and seeing, your little kit-bag. Please post any maidens you conjure to fabric. Gilly.

Belinda said...

Jacky you sound like you are a having a fabulous time visiting Matt. Switzerlad looks amazing in the photo's, and the flowers do look gorgeous on that bridge. I wish Matt all the best of luck with his trials. My girls were checking out the horses Matt and Paul were on and they think they are beautiful (both my girls are in love with horses and are slowly learning to ride). Have a great time Jacky and I lok forward to hearing about the rest of your trip. Belinda xxx

SOEWNEARTH said...

You can still dye. Just bundle the leaves and cloth soak till wet and then pop in a plastic bag and sit somewhere sunny and warm for about a week and voila.

Julia said...

Hi Jacky,
Just lovely to see your post from there!...what a wonderful time you are having..thanks for sharing....and so nice to be with your son in such a gorgeous environment!
...xx...julia

Elizabeth Armstrong said...

Dear Jacky
How exciting for you and your family! You look and sound as if you have really settled in beautifully! I wish your son the best of luck and hoping you have time to sit and journal as well.
Best wishes
Elizabeth
XX

Jenxo said...

Jacky, your trip looks amazing.... so glad you are having a wonderful time and good luck to Matt too.)))

Emma said...

Oh, so there you are! What amazing horses! Hope your son did well - lovely to have time together.

Your Beasty pieces look fabulous. I pop in occaisonally to Jude's, she is very inspiring.

Glad you liked the postcards, I'm delighted!

Dot said...

How exciting to see a blog post from Switzerland from you! (see - you have mastered this blog thing very well). Love the photo of you and Paul at Lake Lucerne. And the flower bridge looks amazing! Paul and Matt both look very at ease on their horses. And little Prada is adorable (glad you have a little doggie friend over there).
So happy you are having such a special holiday.
Hope Matt goes well at Paderborn!

Dot xx

Gaby Bee said...

Sounds like you are having a wonderful time, in Switzerland. Your photos are lovely, Jacky. I'm looking forward to hearing about the rest of your trip.
Enjoy the days!!!

Wishing your son success.
Gaby xo

martha brown said...

Oh, how fun, Jacky! I'd love to visit Switzerland some day. Good luck to your son!!!!

grace Forrest~Maestas said...

Jacky, THANKS! for taking me to
Switzerland! beautiful horses and
how great for your son! there
is a woman in Australia who is
buying her second Quarter horse
from a breeder just down the
road from me here in New Mexico
USA....what an amazing world.

Angela Recada said...

What a wonderful post! Such beautiful photos. I was in Lucerne once, many many many years ago. Such a magical place!

I'm so glad that you are having such a wonderful time with your two handsome men! Wishing your son, and all of you, all the best.

Safe travels,
xoxoxo
Angela

Marilyn Rock said...

Jacky! Thanks so much for sharing your journey to Switzerland. What a handsome son you have! Lovely photos and I really enjoyed your post! xxoo

T said...

Wow, looks like you are having a fantastic time, the weather looks so sunny too. Great to hear all about it.

xt

Robin Olsen said...

Looks like a fairytale! Thank you for sharing these beautiful pictures. Now I want to go there!

Gaye Todd said...

So wonderful to see your gorgeous photos and hear you are having a wonderful time. xx

LaWendula said...

So you made it to Europe, Jacky!
How great is that!
If you will manage it to come for a visit, anytime! :)
xox

rebekka said...

Oh how pretty...I would LOVE to go there!

xx
Rebekka

sewsdaily said...

Hi Jacky
So pleased to read your post and to know you are having a great time. Lovely photos!
Best wishes to Matt and I hope he does really well.
We missed you at our "Muffin Quilters" morning this week. Missing our art sessions also.
Stay safe and well, Coral

art spirit said...

Looks like you are having a wonderful time in Switzerland! Love all the photos..don't forget the chocolate!

Judy Martin said...

Your text and images of your time there in Switzerland are so warm and beautiful. You are able to convey your pride in your son's abilities and your awe of the natural beauty of Europe so easily. Thank you very much for sharing this with us.

Linda said...

Sounds like you're having an amazing visit Jacky...so special to be with your son at this time. The photos are beautiful and make me want to be there too :-)
How sweet that you've found a little friend - he won't want you to leave!

Deborah said...

Your photos are beautiful! Sound like a great trip!

karen said...

it look so beautiful and you must let us know if your son gets selected. it's somehow nice to know you are near, Europe, we are both in Europe!

Holly Loves Art said...

The pictures are gorgeous Jacky! Thanks so much for sharing. Lucky you!
Cheers,
Holly

The Itsy Bitsy Spill said...

Jacky you look adorable! Lovely lovely photos! I would love to travel the world someday and see all the art and much more. I'm happy you received the paintings! So happy you love them!

I'm creating more clutches and it's going to be a late one tonight!

Here's to art, love, creativity and friendship!

Jeana Marie said...

Beautiful! Have a wonderful holiday, Jacky!!!

rivergardenstudio said...

Switzerland is very beautiful. I love the buildings and the windows and the flowers... It looks like you are having a magical time... roxanne

jude said...

how lovely to share your joy!