Each of us received printed information and lots of facts and it was fascinating to hear again the different processes of textile printing and dying. We were all amazed that the colours are still so vivid especially the textiles that were discharge dyed with a bleach paste so long ago……...
The Art Gallery served us coffee in the sun filled courtyard and then it was a brief visit to the Morris room to view some more treasures especially the Adoration of the Magi tapestry……..
A short drive and we were able to see the Adoration design again but this time in the form of stained glass at St Augustines. This was one of the very last stained glass commissions that Morris and Co did before the business changed hands in 1940……….
The weather was perfect as we headed to our lunch stop……….
Our final call was Carrick Hill where our guide Beth filled us with more knowledge. Carrick Hill was built by Robert and Joanna Barr Smith's granddaughter Ursula who married Sir Edward (Bill) Hayward…….
The couple collected valuable art and sculptures including sculptures by Sir Jacob Epstein and many paintings by Augustus John, Paul Gauguin, Stanley Spencer and my favourite - the flowers of Pierre-Joseph Redoute. The house is also full of 16th-17th century furniture and some special pieces of Lalique as well……...
The dining room windows are draped in Morris curtains and the furniture is 16th-17th century…….
And then of course the stunningly beautiful silk tri-fold embroidered screen, again stitched by Mary Isobel…….
Finally an afternoon coffee where we pondered on how the last seven hours had gone so fast…..
On the home front I am preparing for the long drive to Melbourne where I am teaching at the inaugural Applique Guild of Australia's Academy. So yesterday we thought it would be nice to have a few hours with the little ones and they were thrilled with the new sand pit, especially Beau……….
On a final note the wonder of that little girl as she hears new sounds with her new hearing aid….this was a bird in the tree overhead while eating her favourite noodles………..