I do also love catching up with my close friends,three girls whose daughters were at school with my boys.
We call ourselves the "Sisterhood" and love getting together for a meal either in one of our homes (we always over cater) or at a restaurant.
"Not far enough" my husband would say!
I live in the suburbs so I have a plethora of shops to choose from in general but for fabric? I am ten minutes from the local shopping centre where there is a Lincraft and about 20 minutes from a Spotlight. Truth be known I don't go to either of those much. I have chronic arthritis on both knees, I actually have no cartilidge left in either knee so I can't walk far or stand for long. Both shops can be difficult with too much time spent standing in queues or trying to find stuff and then standing in queues. So, I mostly go to Craft Depot. Sadly this is not a very atmospheric shop - fairly sterile and always the same. On the good side it usually has a good selection in the $5 per meter bin - great for backings and laundry bags and then another good section of $9.95 per meter. Unfortunately they don't support us at all but maybe they will get on board this year.
My favourite online shop is equilter.com probably out of habit more than anything.
I have been shopping with them for ages and they are very reliable. I don't buy much from them (who am I kidding!) but they are really good for special fabrics for example tartan for a quilt backing for someone who has Scottish heritage. Some of my recent purchases were some great novelty fabrics for less than $4 a meter for laundry bags.
Oh I machine bind all the way as arthritis in my hands means no hand sewing!