Posts tagged ‘patchwork’

June 26, 2015

26 June 2015 Melbourne to Bendigo

Off on the Vline train to Bendigo this morning. Grabbed my bike and took Metro to Southern Cross station. The Bendigo train leaves from platform 16B. After I traipsed up the lift to the lower number platforms I had to catch the lift again to the suburban end! After a fairly uneventful 2 hours of reading I arrived in Bendigo about midday. I had forgotten that View St is on a steep slope. Riding up to my accommodation (Barclay on View) for the next 3 days tested my stamina.

Off to Aunt Daisy’s Tea Rooms just down View St for a very tasty vege focaccia for lunch. Very quaint decor with old tea sets and candelabra around the place.

Back on the bike and off to the Prince of Wales Showground in Nth Bendigo for CraftAlive. A massive craft show and artisan arts show. Plenty of scrapbooking, patch working and all sorts of stalls, even a sweet stall from Altona! I talked to Duncan bespoke bootmaker on the painstaking task of crafting custom made shoes, a printmaker at Hipcat Printery from Footscray (!) and Doug Moseley Blacksmith about his wares. There was also Wayne from Sew What in Maryborough who told me my mum’s Singer sewing machine was probably from the 100th anniversary and should have a blue seal on it somewhere! Will check it out when I get home. Pat, I’m sure you’ll be interested to know I talked to Heather from Heather’s Quilting Emporium in Moama! Yes, the one we walked for hours to find in vain. I have a list of their quilting retreats now. Just for something different I created a bookmark by jabbing a needle into strands of wool and silk through felt. Not sure of the technical terms. I thought I was going to dye fabric but went to the wrong workshop.

To kill time before dinner I set off down View St to the Alexandra Fountain to follow Walk 1 CBD urban walk from the Bendigo Walks brochure. Turn left into Pall Mall, past the Soldiers Memorial Museum, Queen Victoria statue, Bendigo information centre, former Law Courts, and Shamrock Hotel on the opposite side. The white conservatory stands out among the bright green grassed area with old style iron fencing surround. Keep walking along Pall Mall to the Chinese Gateway and turn left towards the Chinese temple, gardens and the Golden Dragon Museum. Across Bridge St to Rosalind Park, past the fernery, Bendigo Senior Secondary College and the massive heritage building of Camp Hill Primary School. The poppet head shines like a beacon with the setting sun behind it. I have climbed to the top before but never noticed the mosaics around  the bottom of it.

Whew! Back to my hotel for a short rest before dinner at Borchelli’s, a slightly longer walk down View St, for vege risotto with big variety of vegetables, and lemon and chilli tart with REAL cream. The end of a perfect day.

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May 16, 2015

15-16 Apr 2015 APIA Concert to walking round Murwillumbah

15 Apr 2015

Joe Camilleri, Glen Shorrock, Brian Cadd and Kate Ceberano are fantastic performers. The concert at Twin Towns was spectacular. Everyone was rocking along. I particularly liked Brian Cadd’s rendition of ‘Woman You’re Breaking Me’ from 1967! He was in The Groop at the time and I still remembered all of the words. Boy was that a flashback to my early teenage years!

Dinner before the show with Barb, Phil and their friend, Fay, was an eye opener at the Twin Towns. It sure has changed since Peter and were there. Multi-storeyed to cater for thousands in bars, restaurants, cafes, pokies (of course) and entertainment galore from morning to night.

16 Apr 2015

Bit of a sleep-in this morning. Dragged myself out of bed around 10am after getting back at 1pm last night. Words to all the songs they sang are still playing in my head. My ears have stopped ringing thankfully.

Passed through a Koori festival at Knox Park before having breakfast/brunch at Sugar Beat. It was delicious. Muesli with fruit, yoghurt and berry coulis couldn’t be faulted. With a bucket of coffee to help wake me up, it was a perfect start to the day.

I wandered down to the library to pore through the craft books again. I love libraries! Photocopied some quilt patterns for future reference. Like I haven’t got enough!

Walked along  to Nicholl Park where the Coolamon Centre overlooks the Tweed River.

Went in search of the Murwillumbah Museum but it’s only open one Saturday a month and today is not one of them. Thought I’d walk up a mountain (large hill?) to the Lions Lookout. Took me half an hour and the view was not great but I did walk off my breakfast going uphill. Started to spit rain so got down much more quickly. Cooling down now waiting for Phil and Barb to pick me up.

Off to Uki, a little village similar to Olinda in the Dandenongs. Had a late lunch at the Lounge Lizard Cafe. Pumpkin focaccia was very tasty. Phil’s favoured destination, a pottery place, turned out to be a patchwork shop much to his disgust but my delight. I got out before I could see anything I wanted to buy. There were a couple of collectables shops with questionable antiques and huge price tags. I did buy a dried fruit/nut mix at one of the shops with interesting items though.

On to Tumbulgum where Karri and Brett live to feed their dogs while they are at a wedding. They have a huge house and yard on a property not far from the Tweed River. There’s a lovely drive along the banks, which is where the Tumbulgum pub is and our spot for lunch tomorrow.

Sammy prepared dinner for us all at Phil and Barb’s place. The dogs were eager as usual to make us welcome. We talked at length about families at the table. I told them about my addiction to ancestry.com.au and got their email addresses to sign them up as well! Updated my photos and blogs while Phil and Barb watched the footy.