I haven’t written a blog post for a couple of weeks. Those of you that follow my facebook and instagram feeds will know where I have been.
Being away for a few weeks means returning to lots of admin and stacks of things to do. I could write lots more, I hope you enjoy seeing a few of the many pictures I have taken
I boarded the plane knowing that I had a long flight ahead of me thinking why would anyone want to go so far just to teach “quilting”?
My memories of Australia go back to 1982 as a back packer I hitch hiked around Australia. I remembered a beautiful, culture less, country where women were called “Sheila’s” and men drank a lot of beer and swore a lot.
I never got to Sydney so when I was invited to teach in Melbourne at the Australasian Quilt Convention it was a great opportunity to go.
I booked myself into the Youth Hostel in Sydney and wanted to have a few days walking the coast.
The weather was fabulous, clear blue skies, warm temperatures, – Sydney looked beautiful. I caught ferries and walked miles.
No I didn’t climb the bridge
I then caught a plane to Melbourne, where I stayed with Clare and Derek. I had met Clare in Mexico and she kindly invited me to stay.
They took me along the Great Ocean Road, and to many other places in Victoria. I had dinner with their family and friends and being so close to the Bay I was able to run, cycle and walk watching the sun rise and watch the pelicans along the waters edge.
We went to a small quilt show in the beautiful town of Maldon
I stayed with Deb who lived further round the coast, met some of their quilting friends and went out for the day to Geelong to see the Wool museum and some of the painted bollards around the Bay.
I loved all the colourful birds
I made some very special friends, their lives seemed so similar to mine and their interests the same I felt I could slip very comfortably into life in Victoria.
Australia seemed such a different country to what I remembered.
The AQC is held in a beautifully restored building in Melbourne. I arrived and with the help of a couple of “angels” my work was put up on display very quickly. With 22 metres of display space and black walls my work did look good. I taught for 4 days with full classes. All my classes went really well, the ladies were lovely and having an angel to bring me cups of tea and help me clear up it made it a pleasure. It reminded me just why I love teaching.
Here are just a few of the students work
Melbourne is the sunshine – such a vibrant city
Judy and Gary run a fabulous show. They are so well organised and make everyone feel so special.
Food was excellent, social occasions fun and I loved it all.
Thank you Gary and Judy for inviting me.
I would love to return to many of the places I visited all those years ago.
I loved Australia – it is such a different country to what I remember.
It was the special friends I made whilst I was there that really made it such a fabulous experience. I miss you all!