Out and about… Minneapolis

Time for a girls’ trip! Just because we could. Back in 2019, in the time before Covid, I had a fun few days in Chicago with the four daughters in my life… It was time to get back on the road.

It took a little bit of discussion to come up with a weekend we could all do… there are more children to leave behind these days 🙂 But we did it and so Friday found me setting out bright and early to pick up Julia, on the way to Sarah, via Joanne, and onto Minneapolis, where we met Lauren who flew up from Nashville.

They say pictures say more than words so here’s a quick photo journal of our time away.

Not all the driving was on highways…

400 miles or so between here and there.

Sarah had the weekend all organized. We started our first evening with a walk across Minneapolis, past the Mary Tyler Moore statue…and on to the Sculpture Garden… The Barry Flanagan hare brought back memories of England Looking at our watches we could see we had already walked a couple of miles… time for a cocktail at Cardamom in the Walker Art Center.Definitely a work of art?!!

Dinner involved an Uber ride there and back again and was followed by a group craft activity…

Saturday we enjoyed a hearty breakfast before embarking on another walking tour, around the shops this time, before driving out to The Lynhall in Edina for afternoon tea.We enjoyed a lovely spread of savories and sweets , served with our individual choice of tea and a glass of bubbles.

Edina had lots of fun boutique-y shops for us to explore. I needed a picture of the floral arrangement outside in the shopping mall.And then back to our hotel for a cocktail and small supper…

And then face masks and maybe a few more glasses of wine. There are no pictures I am willing to share publicly of the face masks.

We are all responsible people these days (?) so there was just time on Sunday for breakfast before we needed to get back on the road and return home. Sarah and Joanne were greeted with big smiles and hugs. Julia’s family were out at an ice hockey game… Steve seemed pleased to see me!

It was so good to spend the weekend with the girls. They are very good company. We have started talking about where we might go next…

But now it’s back to work. I did finish a little quilt that you might see more of in the future. The top was constructed in the class with Sheila Frampton Cooper in San Diego but now it’s quilted and bound. I’d like to think the quilting has added a whole new layer of design and interest.

Here are a couple of details.

Some pretty intense walking foot quilting, embellished with a variety of hand stitching. Fun to do, and good to look at?

My bags are almost packed for Houston. I’m flying on Thursday. I’ll get the laundry done, add my clothes and then I’ll be ready to go. I’m excited to see everyone at Market and Festival.

The adventure continues.