Friday, 6 March 2020

Autumn is in the air

We have had some extraordinarily beautiful days these past two weeks which is quite out of character for this time of year as it is usually still so very hot. But we have enjoyed every single moment of it especially on a couple of days trying to get some good photos of the bushfire quilt. A special friend had one of her sons visiting from the UK and I knew he was a keen photographer so I borrowed his expertise with a lunch thankyou thrown in! We found a historic location in our favourite village of Willunga but this day it was a wee bit warm and probably way too sunny......

I love this shot that Alex captured of little Wade checking out the possum on one corner...his little hat is camouflaged.......
and I especially love this image Alex took against the stunning historic stone wall.......
I went back to the same location a few days later on a cloudy day and took some styled shots as well.......


 And one day inside I managed to capture some of Judy's beautiful quilting........


 So now I need to focus on writing all the pattern instructions while Tim organises the fabric supplies and navigates the ridiculous licensing laws that differ across our country so we can sell quilt raffle tickets! More news of all that when it becomes available. Meanwhile Larry and I have been soaking up the glorious warm days doing some enjoyable things. Adelaide is currently abuzz with the Adelaide Festival which is now in its 60th year. We would have loved to have seen this creative version of Mozart's Requiem but decided instead to attend some more affordable events with the Adelaide Fringe, the largest open air festival in the Southern Hemisphere and second to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. My late brother introduced me to Jethro Tull in the 1970's and when I met Larry 44 years ago I discovered they were his favourite band! So when one of our daughters alerted us to a show by four local artists that celebrate Tull we just had to go! Acoustic Tull did not disappoint and we look forward to seeing them perform again.......

 Larry lashed out on a ticket to see Queen and Adam Lambert live for their Rhapsody world tour and I took my bother-in-law to something a little milder. The Carpenter's Songbook premiered at the Edinburgh Festival last year but they had a few technical problems at our performance and we were a little disappointed......
During the week I received this huge bouquet from Tim at Lloyd Curzon's to thank me for all my hard work working on the bushfire quilt and they have been a joy for over a week now.......




I was humbled and embarrassed to receive such a gift with an additional reward the next day from our state Quilters Guild appraisal panel when they presented us with a certificate reflecting a replacement quilt value of AU$8,470!! We are beyond thrilled and hope we raise way more than that for the Kangaroo Island Bee Keepers. So while Autumn is in the air so too are our butterflies that have been hatching this past week and we have had many....



In Morris related matters I was saddened to hear of the death of Fiona MacCarthy this past week. Her biography of William Morris is I believe the best available and for some reason years ago I made sure I had two copies! 
 In other Morris news I came across a fashion designer on Instagram creating Morris fashion in Russia and I love it all........
 I was taken out for the most delicious lunch in the city during the week from a past interstate participant on one of the Adelaide Morris Tours and it was a great day for capturing our hidden Arts and Crafts gem........
 As a part of the Festival there is also an enormous dolls house installation in the shopping mall that was created by Japanese artist Tatzu Nishi ......... 
 Australia has also been struck with Corona virus fever...pardon the pun but it seems to have created some very strange panic buying of masks, sanitisers and heaven forbid...toilet paper...so much so that many stores have run out of stock! I guess it is in preparation for being quarantined in one's home for weeks on end? So we've been flooded with images online and in typical Aussie humour the jokes are never ending!!........



 So it has been a cheerful and colourful week with Autumn beckoning, and in the garden I have a new drake to admire and as a bonus he seems to have stopped the birds from digging! .....
 So I will leave you with beaming Miss 5 year old Maisie with her very first school award! Take good care wherever you are......
             

5 comments:

  1. A masterpiece of a quilt, Michele. What an achievement! Plus all the beautiful sights in your post ending with that precious,beaming Maisie.

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  2. the quilt is beautiful!! have a good time getting the pattern all written up I'm sure you will do a good job as you do with all your patterns. We have not seen the mass hoarding of toilet paper but that reminds me when I run to the store today maybe that is a good thing to do - pick up a large package before the hoarding starts. What a beautiful bouquet of flowers you have and the beauty goes with the quilt so well.

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  3. Such a great value for your quilt and lovely flowers for all your efforts.

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  4. Thank you for the book recommendation - just reserved Fiona MacCarthy at the library.
    The quilt is beautiful and you did well with photographing the dark colours.

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  5. How can I show you the way I made your Dear William pattern? Made into a baby quilt/play pad, still in progress - Each quarter of the 30" block is a different block pattern. Am having so much fun with it.

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