Taking it on the road

As you may have gathered from previous posts, one of my hobbies is travelling. That is not to say, however, that my embroidery work is left behind when I do. It all depends on the type of trip.


The way I see it, there are two types of getaways, and this impacts the location you choose and how you decide to spend your time. The first is the more adventurous, exploratory type of holiday. This is when you plan on visiting somewhere with a very full itinerary… seeing the sights, exploring the attractions, nights out, etc. I love this kind of holiday (I love every kind of holiday), but coming back from one of these, you usually feel like you need another holiday just to recuperate.

This brings me to the second kind: the relaxing break. This type of getaway is great for taking some time out from your daily routine, which can get very stressful, and having some down time. Over the past few months, I’ve had the opportunity to go on two such trips in relatively recent succession. First was a spontaneous four days in Kaunas, Lithuania. It was simple: my better half found a great deal on flights, proposed it, and the rest is history.


Despite not really considering it as a destination before, we fell in love with the place instantly, and have already planned to go back (on an altogether more organised trip) in August. The pace was slow and relaxing, and I took along an order I was working on, which I happily continued on the plane (what better way to while away those hours?) and in various casual cafes during our trip. Kaunas, and particularly the old town, is blessed with a particular charm and love of handmade items, so I felt right at home there, with my embroidery frame and tumbler of local beer.

A month or so later, a friend’s wedding had us flying to Venice, Italy, and while there, we decided to extend the trip by a few days, driving through Slovenia through to Croatia. This was another great getaway, and the scenery as we drove across country was breathtaking. Once again, the embroidery frame came along, this time with another order waiting to be completed, and I occasionally worked on it there too.


Working while abroad does sometimes get some funny looks, but despite The Secret Rose being somewhat of a business venture for me, embroidery remains something that I find incredibly relaxing and grounding. If the vibe feels right, you can bet anything that you’ll spot me embroidering away in some shaded corner of a seaside cafe 😉


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