Sunday, 18 November 2018

A tale of hares and birds!

Another week has passed us by without any news so it is time for a catch up. But before I get to that we send our thoughts to those in the US who are battling bushfires - so much tragic loss of life. Our bushfire season has been brought forward and we are already having hot days with 35C (95F) predicted tomorrow and then it will drop again in a couple of days to 18C (64F). These weather events are most concerning and we have heard of snow storms already in Canada. Our lovely friends from Canada sent this image this month of the early snow in their backyard .....
So why 'a tale of hares and birds' you might ask?! I bought this wonderful hare in the UK some years back - I wanted a much larger one of course but Larry soon put a stop to that! I just love hares - I am sure they are a pest as rabbits are to us but how can you resist this grand version?.......
 It reminds me of William De Morgan's hare that I used in my William De Morgan Sampler.......

which I might add is for sale HERE!
So I've been playing with my drawings to appliqué items for my first Artisans Market in December.  I've managed to source some wonderful linen/cotton tea towels, pure linen table runners, aprons and canvas bags. So the work room looks like this by day......
 and then by night.......... 

I have two machines set up - one for the appliqué and the other for the cotton rope bowls and I have had a very productive week as you can see.........






 I decided to use a bronze like print to reflect my hare and find I am surrounded by reflections of gold and bronze where I work......

 Today was a great day to get all the tea towels washed and dried.....
  and they are now all pressed and ready to pack... so I feel pleasantly organised for a change!.......
 This morning I received an email from Renaissance Tours asking me if I could help spread the word about next year's Morris to Mackintosh Tour to be held in September (2019). I was only too happy to oblige as I had recommended the charming Robert Reason to lead the tour after I had declined. I would love for this tour to go ahead for Robert....he is much quieter than me (!!), and I am sure it will suit all you academics down to the ground. Check the link for the itinerary....more of that soon. Meanwhile Helen of Whitecroft Tours is putting the final itinerary together for the 2020 'William Morris meets Beatrix Potter' tour so more of that soon too! Two fabulous tours to please all walks of life from the studious to those who know me through quilting! Life is indeed good x

Saturday, 10 November 2018

Another tour over

This morning I said farewell to our final 2018 William Morris in Adelaide tour participants and what a wonderful week we have had. Thankyou to each and every one of you who made the week such a joy. We shared many laughs and memorable moments and it has been a wonderful way to end the year of tours. Our day yesterday concluded with a scenic drive through the Fleurieu Penisula with this fabulous vista for our farewell lunch (including some secret stops that I won't share so we don't spoil it for next year's tours!)......


This morning when Larry picked me up the weather was glorious so we decided a coffee was in order before going for a walk near the hotel where the tour group had been staying. On the September tour someone shared with me a brochure they had picked up called "Mansions of Glenelg - a self guided 45 minute historic walk". Larry grew up in Glenelg North but hadn't spent a lot of time in this area so we enjoyed it all this morning. Most of these historic homes were built in the 1800's and many have been lovingly restored so the 45 minute walk was worth every minute.......


 This was Larry's favourite.......... 



 Several properties face the beach and one was even for sale.......well part of it as the mansion has been divided into three very grand apartments.......







 There were many blooms growing on the footpaths outside some homes as well.........

 A perfect end to a perfect week. Thankyou to everyone who has come on the tours with me throughout the year....I look forward to sharing it all again next year. I hope you have a lovely week ahead x