We woke up this morning to intermittent sunshine and had returned to semi-human status after a great night's sleep. We had an absolute hoot in Sydney on the 29th for Maxine's birthday dinner but have agreed that 22 hours of driving in 38 degree heat is not for the feint-hearted. Maxine loved her quilted journal cover that included a journal with black and white prints of her childhood years stitched onto the pages by Sue - after being selected and preserved on CD by Judy - a real family effort that will be a wonderful reminder of the great 70th birthday ... Happy Birthday Maxine. We fired up the oven yesterday from lunch time and baked our bread for the week, then a roast and followed up with pizzas for dinner - tried some of the recipes Chris got for Christmas for gourmet toppings to diet for - yum. Today we'll use the leftover heat to dry trays of tomatoes which are threatening to split after more drizzle and rain last night. I've been reading the SAQA posts and it is a terrific resource for art quilters and fibre artists - there's just so much talent there - as there is with many groups of like-talented people so I'll commit to participating more fully in the groups I've joined.