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My name is Kaye and I am 58 years old. Unbelievably to me, at my age, I have now just embarked upon my third career - as a History Education Consultant! I love to cross stitch and quilt, especially with my kittens, Furio and Milo "helping" me. I also love to read, I have a passion for history and I have been cooking since I was about 12 - move over Junior Masterchef! So, this blog, which started out as a cross stitch blog sometimes morphs into a reading journal or a history lesson (sorry, I used to be a secondary teacher before I became a publisher and now a consultant) or a post about my cooking mojo. Whatever it is, this blog is alway about me, my family and my life here in Eaglemont, Victoria. I have been happily married for over 30 years to the most wonderful man and we are blessed with three beautiful grown up children.

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Saturday, 3 May 2014

"The Dixie Swim Club" and Audible...

Last night TraderVic went out with our Theatre Group to the Heidelberg Theatre Company to see "The Dixie Swim Club".



But first we had our usual yummy dinner at Byzantine, just down the road.  The food is always delicious and the staff know us very well by now.  So much so, that one time last year I got a bit confused and I booked the restaurant for the wrong Friday.  They actually rang me up and said that I needed to change the booking as I must mean the following Friday as the play was not showing the week I had booked for!  How is that for service?

Last night I had stuffed quail - so good!





Now, back to the play.  "The Dixie Swim Club" is about "Five Southern women, whose friendships began many years ago on their college swim team, set aside a long weekend every August to recharge those relationships. Free from husbands, kids and jobs, they meet at the same beach cottage on North Carolina's Outer Banks to catch up, laugh and meddle in each other's lives. "

The sets at the HTC are always excellent and the acting is almost always of a very high standard.  We thoroughly enjoyed this play.


Actually the staff (all volunteers) at the HTC are excellent, too.  We have been going for years and years with our Theatre Group.  One year I kept forgetting to buy our season tickets -  so in early Feb - just before the season was about to start - the ticket secretary rings me up to see if we still wanted to go that particular year!  She had saved our seats for us!  Now, that, too, is service!


The other thing I wanted to tell you about is Audible.  This is an Amazon app for listening to books on your iphone or ipad or other device.  I have just joined up (you get the first month free with a free book!)

So, I thought I would give it a go as it means I can listen to an audio book whilst I train stitch on the way to work - how cool will that be?

This is the novel I chose - it had really good reviews.


"Based on a Russian fairy tale, The Snow Child is a tale of the shoring up of defences, psychological and literal, against the cold and dark. Set in the 1920s, the novel follows the move of middle-aged Jack and Mabel from 'back east' America to a remote homestead in Alpine, Alaska. Heavy with the loss of their firstborn and only child many years earlier, they seek to change the pattern of their lives in a context of icy ravines and wild silence."

Sounds good, doesn't it?  I will let you know how I go with the whole Audible experience.  It should be really good.  Does anyone else use Audible?

Anyway, it is very early here and the house is quiet so I am going to eat my breakfast and do some more blog reading and some stitching.

Have a great weekend, all of my lovely friends.

hugs, 


17 comments:

Barb said...

Looks like a fun evening. I love to stitch and listen to audible books!! I read Snow Child last winter and really enjoyed it. It is a very different kind of story but I found it quite enjoyable.

Ariadne Skyrianidou said...

Greek cuisine down under!Try galaktoboureko for dessert next time!And the Greek salad is cheaper there than in Greece!AriadnefromGreece!

Margaret said...

LOVE Audible!!! OMG, I'm addicted to it. lol! I love to listen to a good audiobook while I'm knitting or stitching. It helps me keep my concentration. The food and play look wonderful! Although I have to say quail will never cut it for me. The one time I had it, something was wrong with it and it made me sick. UGH.

shez said...

sounds like a wonderful time you had and the play sounds interesting,hope you have a wonderful weekend Kaye.xx

Cath said...

I have the Snow Child. Hope you enjoy it x

Sarah in Stitches said...

Sounds like a great evening (and I can't believe how great the service is over there!) My mother's actually from North Carolina, and we go to the beach in the Outer Banks all the time! It's wonderful that they've made a play based there, as it's so beautiful. :D

Melody said...

Audible is wonderful. I'm sure it will bring you much entertainment.

Pull the other thread said...

Wow both organisations sound like they have truly amazing service. I haven't tried Audible but I have looked into it before. Would love to hear how you get on with it. I do love listening to audio books.

KimM said...

Wow - the quail looks so yummy. It sounds like to had an absolutely fantastic evening. Thank you for the heads up on "Audible". I'll have to give it a whirl.
xxxx

Denise SA said...

I use audible and think its wonderful many a happy hour spent stitching and listening

cucki said...

Audible is so wonderful :)
Hugs x

Lija Broka said...

That is definitely great service! And the food is making my mouth water this very moment. A friend from work recommended that book to me a while back. But I still haven't got round to reading it. I do do talking books. But I am solely against audible. Have you seen the prices?!?!? when most libraries have this service for free (well mine does anyhow some I guess charge). I can borrow talking books on cd from library download to ipod and delete once I'm finished. My libraries also does online downloading of audio books/renting for free. I keeo getting the adverts for it as I subscribe to the film renting they have. Hope you enjoy your book though. Looking forward to hearing on its progress.

Linda said...

Yummy looking food and the play sounds like fun.

Linda

Chris said...

Another wonderful evening out. So nice that you visited NC :)
Audible is pretty cool, your choice of books sounds very interesting.

Stitching Noni said...

What a lovely night out!
Hope the new audio book idea works. Definitely a good way to kill two birds with one stone... Stitching & reading :)
Hugs x

Catherine said...

What a fun evening!!

AJ said...

I fell in love with Audible a few years ago. It was a life saver when I was driving so much for my job. I stitch and listen to books and I can't think of anything more relaxing!

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