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Home away from home

If you have an opportunity to attend a retreat, especially if it’s at Twilight2Twilight at Esk, make sure you make the effort. Sometimes it seems  difficult because you have lots to do at home and people depend on you or maybe you’re not sure you want to live with strangers for a long weekend. Forget all that and just go. Your family will survive without you for a couple of days and you’ll get so… Continue Reading

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times

Well a very topsy turvy week this week. It all started when a sewerage manhole a street away became blocked. This started a chain of events which ended with a pipe on our property spewing unmentionable grossness over an area adjacent to the fabric store. While the Urban Utilities people did solve the problem and cleaned up the area, the shelving that held the fabric was not in a fit state to use again, nor… Continue Reading

Art Attack

Another exciting day with a visit to the open day of the Textile Art Academy. There was an array of amazing creations both from the artists and their students. The academy has been running workshops this week and the creativity of its members was evident today. From artist’s books to monoprinting (with Sandra Pearce) and from basketry to felted creations the whole place was a feast for the eyes and a great source of inspiration…. Continue Reading

Winter Blues

It’s been very chilly in this part of the world lately – perfect quilting weather in fact! Here are some winter blues that won’t give you the sniffles. Blue is one of my favourite colours and I love the variation from aqua to the deepest navy. Do you feel inspired? Speaking of inspiration I was fortunate to attend the opening of the Textile Art Academy’s tutors exhibition last night. What a wonderful bohemian group was… Continue Reading

Win a fabric pack

It’s official – the teenager-in-residence has commenced his career as a rock star! Here he is at his first official gig as a bass guitarist complete with leather jacket. Looks impressive doesn’t he? Another big fortnight with more visitors and two adult children moving house on the same day. Miss B and her family have become the proud owner of acreage and are looking forward to stocking the place with chickens and, if Miss B… Continue Reading

Don’t Panic I’m Still Here!

The trouble with having responsibility for a blog is that if you don’t write anything for over a fortnight people start wondering what you’ve been up to. Of course if they knew that you’d had parents and then grandchildren staying for that time they would know the answer! So here’s a little photographic montage to explain the absence: First the teenager-in-residence took me to the markets for Mother’s Day – a very pleasant way to… Continue Reading

And the winner is………..

Unfortunately not us. Alas dear friends we did not win the Australian Small Business Champion Award on Saturday night. The winner of our category was Braaap who run an online store for dirt bike and mini bike parts. Congratulations to Braaap and watch out next year! Although we didn’t win we had a great night and I would like to thank all of you for your messages of support. I was very grateful and felt… Continue Reading

Super Sister

Arrived in Sydney today for a few days R&R and to attend the gala presentation for the Australian Small Business Champion Awards. We are staying at my sister’s house and look what we found when we arrived here: Our room was decorated with streamers, balloons and all things apatchy! The gifts are from Mum and Super Sister – jewellery to wear on Saturday night. Aren’t my family wonderful! The pressure’s on now. We’ll keep you… Continue Reading

Time for a tactical retreat?

While we’ve been at the Esk Quilt Show we’ve been staying with Isla and Ken at the Twilight Grove Farm B&B. Here’s the scene this morning…….. If you look closely you can see Jan having her morning cuppa on the verandah. It is such a lovely place and Isla and Ken are the perfect hosts. This is somewhere you want to spend a week- maybe next time. While we’re on the subject of home-away-from-home I… Continue Reading

Gone Bush

On the road this weekend at the Esk Quilt Show. Last night we dined at the Club Hotel and not only did we have a very enjoyable meal up also we took out two prizes in the chook raffle – Jan’s going home with a chicken platter and I won the barbecue tray so guess what we’re having for dinner on Sunday night? There are a wide variety of quilts here at the show including… Continue Reading

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