Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Moving on, settling in, catching up...

Neptune's jewellery, Cable Bay, NZ

I can't believe it's been so long since my last post.  I've had a pretty good excuse for my extended bloggy silence.  In late May myself and my whole family left Switzerland where we were living and flew to New Zealand, where we stayed for three months with family.  Then we moved to Sydney, Australia, phew!

Suffice to say there's not been much time (or available resources) for creative projects in the last five months, but that doesn't mean there's been no creativity!

My eldest, Miss S, turned 7 in July and since we were in New Zealand (where it was mid-winter at the time), we decided to have a Swiss Winter themed bash complete with Swiss-chalet-in-the-snow themed cake and the party itself was held at an indoor ski field.

The chalet I made from gingerbread and iced with fondant.  The rest of the cake was my usual chocolate cake iced with chocolate ganache and fondant over top.

This cake would have been different if I had made it at home, as all my specialist equipment was on a container ship heading across the Atlantic!  So it was a low-tech cake, but that in itself was quite fun - using what I had available and being a bit innovative with materials and re-purposing tools from my mum's kitchen drawers.

Moving forward several weeks, last Sunday gone I locked myself in my bedroom and began painting.  I wanted to do a picture for our guest quarters (a self-contained flat downstairs in the house we are renting).  The walls down there are very bare and I had been toying with the idea of doing a painting of a Swiss scene to remind me of our time there.

So this is the finished product - "Limmat at Dusk".  The Limmat is the river that runs through the old part of Zurich city. It felt so great to be painting again.  I can't remember the last time I did a painting, it would be over five years ago at least!

Well, thanks to all my faithful and new readers who have kept up with me during my hiatus.

Watch this space for my posts on early Christmas crafting.  I need to come up with a theme for Christmas this year... any suggestions?

Rachel x


  1. Welcome back to the Southern Hemisphere. Looking forward to seeing your Christmas projects.

  2. Great to see you back here :) I hope you're settling well into Australia! Maybe a summery theme?

  3. welcome back! and that art work is incredible, you are very talented!

  4. What a beautiful cake! And your painting is just gorgeous. I am in awe... Is there anything you can't do?!?!? Welcome to Sydney!

  5. I've been patiently waiting for an update on your move. It was a major move! You'll have to drive to see snow outside now.

    that painting is beautiful.

    Welcome back.

  6. Welcome back and truly lovely painting. As far as a theme goes, my mind is permanently stuck in the winter Christmas scene. It's been eleven years since I had a summer Christmas so I'll have to think on that one! I did used to love the gnarly old pohutakawa trees on the beaches in NZ on Christmas day - is there anything unique to Australia? (sorry never been there and totally ignorant!)

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