A Moneta in green

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Gosh it seems like a lifetime ago since I last wrote a blog post – well it was nearly two months ago.  Since then Christmas and New Year have been and gone and I’ve been on my holiday of a lifetime.  We set sail from Southampton on 2nd January to a huge firework display put on by Southampton Council to mark the beginning of the Aurora’s world cruise – it was something special to be on the deck watching the display and realising that I was setting off on a huge adventure.

The first couple of days on the cruise were difficult, to say the least.  We hit storms almost straight away and as we reached the Bay of Biscay we had 50 foot waves and a force 9 gale coming at us.  Trying to sleep in a bed that rolls you literally over to one side and then immediately back to the other throughout the night is impossible – believe me, I have tried it and don’t ever want to do so again!  I think me and the Bay of Biscay are not deemed to be friends.

Our first port of call was Ponta Del Garda in the Azures where we were met by grey drizzly weather and so unfortunately we didn’t really see very much.  However just a couple of days later we were hitting temperatures over 20 and lovely balmy seas.  We had two days in Barbados where a couple of the photos below were taken.  After that we visited Aruba, sailed through the Panama Canal (wow!) and finally Cabo San Lucas in Mexico before sailing under the Golden Gate Bridge at 5am and docking in San Francisco.

My hubby flew out to meet me in SF and after a couple of days there we flew to Los Angeles, had a couple of days there, then onto Las Vegas where we managed to fit in a couple of amazing shows and a helicopter flight through the Grand Canyon.  And we finished our holiday in Washington DC where the remnants of the huge snow storms were still in evidence.

Anyway, now I’m home, settling back to real life and itching to start sewing new projects again – of which I have many planned.  However, this blog post is about a Moneta dress that I sewed before my holiday and didn’t get a chance to blog about (good job really or I wouldn’t have been able to post the photos of me wearing it in Barbados)

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Moneta dress in red

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Now why am I making a lightweight summer dress in the middle of November?  I haven’t lost the plot, I promise, there is method in my madness.  You see, in a few weeks I’m off on a cruise – something I’ve wanted to do for many years and finally I’ve taken the plunge (well I hope not literally seeing as I’m going to be on a large boat).  I’m going with a group of friends from Southampton (UK) to San Francisco, calling at Aruba, Barbados, The Azures and Mexico.   Now while it will only be just over freezing here in the UK in January, apparently it will be 29 degrees in Barbados.  Hence why I’m in the middle of sewing a collection of lovely, light, floaty summer dresses.

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I did have visions of taking one of those huge trunks that you see in many old films and filling it to the brim with beautiful cocktail dresses, pretty tops and plenty of accessories but unfortunately, a vision was all it was ever going to be.  Because at the end of my holiday I’ll be flying home from the US and the airlines there don’t seem to be partial to a gal with a big trunk.  So one large suitcase it it going to be – which isn’t that much considering the cruise is 23 days and then I’m touring around the West Coast and then over to Washington for a further 10 days.   At least with all the knits I’m making I know they won’t take up too much room in the suitcase and hopefully they won’t need much in the way of ironing – after all, who wants to spend their holiday in the laundry room?

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