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As we pulled up alongside the kerb, there was Dear M-in-Law busy weeding. The garden is in it’s Spring lull, the roses are shooting, and buds are forming. Although the garden is bare, yet colour abounds, A source of patchworks ideas … Continue reading →
Those of us who make quilts know that quilts are made for touching… except when on display at major quilt exhibits. There are always signs telling you not to touch, even though those tactile creations of colour, texture, light and shade, are just calling out to be stroked and cuddled.
Well it seems that it’s not just quilts that present this dichotomy, so too do some ‘big boys toys’!
There must be ‘Quilt Police’ lurking nearby!
At the recent “RACV Classic Showcase’ held at the Flemington Racecourse, those ‘Don’t Touch’ signs popped up too. The showcase included the Annual Concours for both The Mercedes benz Club and The MG Club, along with many other classic English and European vehicles.
These sample photos are for the ‘big boy’ in your life to admire, just as we admire quilts.
Ahhh .. brings back memories.
What a Hummer – as seen in the ‘Doctor Blake’ period drama.
Looks familiar? Think it’s his car? (‘Doctor Blake’ TV Show)
As close to original colours as modern paints can get.
Classic colours, and makes for a fabulous desktop picture!
Methinks the 101 Dalmatians must be around somewhere!
Just about to take off!
A gleaming ‘Alvis’, no not an ‘Elvis’!
Citreon – just the thing for a quick trip to get a coffee at the cafe!
The bars hold down the engine on the latest Aston Martin – hope it comes with astronaut training!
Recently on a trip to visit M-in-L in Ballarat, had us viewing the Begonias in full bloom. Ballarat holds an annual Begonia Festival and this year’s flowers were amazing.
Ballarat Botanical Gardens
The 2016 Begonia of the Year
This is a lego version of the ‘Begonia of the Year’.
Back of the lego version of the ‘Begonia of the Year’.
The hanging baskets were particularly successful.
Row upon row, upon row …
Blooms in hot bright colours …
Blooms as large as dinner plates …
The display was breath-taking …
The colours were glorious, and if you ever get the chance, drop into the Ballarat Begonia Festival in March each year, or during April – the flowers last so well.
I wonder what patchwork quilts could come from these vibrant bright colours …..
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Dear Sister-in-Law and Brother-in-Law, are undertaking a journey by car and caravan, of over 3585.5 km (2,228 miles) from Geelong in Victoria, to the tip of Cape York (in Australia). And that doesn’t include all the side trips or getting back again!
Geelong to Cape York
Australia is a land of extremes, and right now the effects of an El Nino is producing severe drought across vast areas of the country. There’s no feed in some places and farmers are selling off the last of their stock. In Cobar, slap bang in the middle of New South Wales, the trip had it’s first encounter with the vagaries of Australian weather. Attempting a u-turn after making a wrong turn, and not realising the area had just had 4 inches of rain, (and yes it’s still classified as being in drought), the services of a local farmer were needed to pull the vehicles out – which were way up to the axles in mud.
Mud at Cobar, in the middle of a drought!
Mud up to the axle.
Even though this is a long journey in distance, it’s a small world, as the farmer knew someone who lives just around the corner back in Geelong! A fact that supports Frigyes Karinthy’s 1929 theory, ‘Six Degrees of Separation’ – you just never know who you’re going to meet, or what connection they have back to you.
While all this was happening, what can you do but pull out the sewing machine in the caravan, and make some placemats! As fellow ‘Pascoe Patchers’ know, orange is DS-in-L’s favourite colour and it’s not far off matching the mud!
Placemats for the caravan.
Hope you enjoy reading about this ‘trip of a lifetime’ that many Australians undertake. I hope DS & DB-in-Law are discovering the beauty of the land as described by Dorothea Mackellar in her historic poem ‘My Country’ – ‘I love a sunburnt country/A land of sweeping plains,/Of ragged mountain ranges,/Of droughts and flooding rains.” …
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