Friday, 17 March 2017

Day 1 of Workshops in Slovenia...

Greeting from Maribor!

Home of the oldest vine in the world, and in the Guiness Book of records. Yesterday morning, a lovely young lady called Laura took us on a guided tour of the city.

I know.
It’s a hard task -
but somebody’s got to do it!


Blue skies,
and spring is most certainly in the air.

These trees are all along the water’s edge.
We couldn’t work out what they were...


Asked Laura, and believe it or not, it’s a Magnolia tree!


The bridge couldn’t take the weight of all the padlocks here, 
so they made a  heart construction next to the water,
for lovers to hook up to!


Solid white marble statue of the Madonna.


And a puppeteer on a corner.
Sad but happy.
I always have mixed emotions about street artists.


But he was doing it! So hats off to him.


Then Laura took us to a fantastic roof cafe with a panoramic view of the whole town and the mountains in the distance. 


I love the feel of new spring and new life everywhere here!


This was comical.
There was actually a love seat with a frame on the roof, 
for folks like us to pose and take pics!


But then we had to go to work!
There was one slight complication, 
when only 1 of the 3 boxes of workshop stuff got dropped off.
S H I T
It wasn’t as if we could even attempt to wing it;
the parchment and scissors were in box 2,
and ALL the Groovi plates were in box 3.

YIKES.

But about 5 minutes before the bell rang, the boxes pitched up, and after an unpacking frenzy, Linda kicked off with a lovely Pergamano-style workshop.



The girl did great!!!


I was just the assistant.


In the evening it was down to me and the Groovi.
Also went down very well, I’m pleased to report.

But now I must dash again.
Laura is taking us up the mountain in a gondola before our afternoon and evening workshop shift.

I’m stamping today, so we shall see how they get on with a brayer and torn paper hills....


Love & hugs,

Barb
xxx

48 comments:

  1. Looks like you are having a good time and seeing the area. It looks lovely. Enjoy . Pleased workshops going well xx

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  2. That looks great! You are certainly being looked after!

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  3. So glad the box arrived! I m sure everyone loved it and both if you x x x

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  4. Wonderful place loving pictures that was good timing with box arriving at ninth hour I surpose least it arrived. Looks like they are enjoying groovi / parchment bet loved loved your brayed and torn hills like we do . A gondola sounds relaxing before your busy evening xxx

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  5. Looks lovely there! Glad your tools turned up just in time and all went well. Linda's works looks great! Enjoy your stampting today. Xx

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  6. Lovely to see the photos and I am gladcyou are not working too hard! I had a groovi evening with good friends who had never tried it before, and they loved it!

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  7. Lovely to see the photos and I am gladcyou are not working too hard! I had a groovi evening with good friends who had never tried it before, and they loved it!

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    1. Sounds like fun. I may try that idea with some friends xx

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  8. Thankfully all your boxes did arrive. Sounds like you are having some fun around working. Lovely as always to get news of your activities. Happy St.Patrick's Day. Enjoy. Big hugs Marian x

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  9. Beautiful photos, lovely that you are enjoying it and really nice that people ar showing you the sights. So glad your boxes did turn up in time. I'm sure they will all be amazed at the stamping and brayering. Have fun both of you.xx

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  10. Hi to my bloggy friends. Hope you have the sunshine we are having. Have a lovely day doing what you'd like to do. Hugs to you all.xx

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    1. Hi Pam,
      Hope you're ok. Sending love and hugs , Alison xxx

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    2. Love and hugs back Pam xx

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    3. Hello Pam it's been lovely here today too but it got quite chilly tonight as we went out for our walk. I've been colouring some stamped images today so lovely and relaxing. Sending hugs xxx

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    4. Hi Pam rain rain and more rain here but hey ho been with my youngest wee Grandchildren today so they bring me sunshine...xx

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    5. Windy and cold today, where did the sun go? I'm keeping my fingers crossed I can get a bit of crafting done this weekend! Xx

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  11. Up the mountain in a gondola???

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  12. Enjoy the mountains very jealous 😘

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  13. Hi Barb,
    Gosh! I bet you were relieved when those two boxes turned up! Talk about cutting it fine! Pleased things are going so well and that you and Linda are working so hard on building foreign relationships. It is a hard life but someone has to do it!!! Looks wonderful I must say. Love and hugs Alison xxx

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    1. Hi bloggy friends,
      Hope everyone is as well as possible and that the weather is being kind to you. Trying to rain here and very blowy. Just waiting for kitchen to be delivered and praying that nobody in cul de sac decides to park on road otherwise great big lorry will be stuck!! Love and hugs to you all, Alison xxx

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    2. Hi Alison. We're still dry but cloudy. I hope the delivery goes well xx

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    3. Oh my goodness Alison I hope it all goes well. Now mind that leg and don't go knocking it on any of the boxes!! Sending hugs xxx

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    4. Hope it went to plan my friend can't be an easy task ...xx

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    5. Hope everything went well today. You'll have it looking right as ninepence in no time. Xx

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  14. Thank you ever so much for sharing.

    Kind regards
    Mariane

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  15. You are both going to need a jolly to get over this one lol what a lovely place.

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  16. Sounds and looks like a wonderful trip Barbara, and you and Linda have enough spare time to enjoy some sightseeing, and it looks a fabulous place to visit. Hope your workshops continue to go well. x

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  17. How lovely to be able to combine work and play. It looks like you are getting a real taste of the country. Hope the rest of the day goes well.
    I am off to Maria's class tomorrow, I bet she will be shattered after her week but I know we'll have fun. xx

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    1. Hi Chris,
      Good to have you back. I'm sure you'll have a fab time at Maria's class tomorrow. Well I now have a garage full of kitchen cupboards etc and for once there were no cars parked in the cul de sac so that made things smoother. Hope things are getting back to normal for you. Love and hugs Alison xxx

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    2. Have fun tomorrow Chris, just what you need. Sending hugs xxx

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  18. WOW what beautiful blue skies and loving the photographs, thanks for sharing. Linda looks in her element at the workshop and so pleased that the Groovi was well received.
    Hugs
    Linda xxx

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  19. Oh how lovely to see the sunshine and blue skies! It's miserable and wet here so your happy blog brought some welcome brightness!
    The workshops look like they are going well. Hope you had fun getting inky and stampy today!
    Love and hugs! Xxx

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  20. Glad all the boxes arrived in the nick of time, and that your workshops are being well received. Enjoy all the tours - it looks lovely! x

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  21. Hi Barbara
    You really should work for a tourist board, you always find the best things to see and people to meet. Funnily enough I was looking at my neighbours magnolia tree yesterday thinking it should be flowering soon, such beautiful trees. Oh my goodness I can imagine your panic when the boxes weren't there, thank heavens they arrived in time!! Looks like it all went well and I hope everyone has fun with stamping tonight. Have a lovely evening.
    Love Diane xxx

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    1. Hello lovely blog friends, sending hugs xxx

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    2. wee hug right back at you ...xx

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  22. Wonderful. Bet your stamping was marvellous and I am sure they loved your art. X

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  23. Hi Barbara doing a wee bit catch up here so glad you are having a good time
    even though its a worky thing what a beautiful place have heard it is from my son who has visited there a few times supporting the Scotland football team but the only pics he brings back are guys and kilts and football stadiums. So I am showing him your photo's so he can see more of this lovely country he's there in October.
    How can they not love a Barbara Gray brayer and torn paper bit of art that's why I'm here have a great time.

    Love Dot...xx

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    1. Hi my wee bloggy pals have a great week end hugs for all and cuddle fir oor Brenda...xx

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    2. Evening Dotty, happy Friday! Xx

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  24. All looks like its a lot of fun mixed in with some craft. Enjoy your stay and your trip up the mountain. Xx

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  25. Evening bloggy friends, chilly and very windy here. Fingers crossed I get in the craft room this weekend! Xx

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  26. Hi Barb, glad that the boxes turned up, thanks for sharing all the photos. Bx

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  27. Hello Barb,
    Well, as they say follow that. Trust me to post after a fantastic comment like the one from Adeline!!!
    Glad you are having such a wonderful time, although I am concerned about you and Linda posing on a Love Seat ha ha. I bet you knocked them dead with your torn hills and brayer. It gets me every time.
    Maureen xx

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Thank you for your kind messages and I hope you get inspiration from my ramblings.

Barb x