Life has been very busy lately but lots of fun. Our renovations are pretty much complete at Mount Victoria, except for all the painting which is down to us. We are very happy with the results and excited to get stuck into the painting so that we can stay there in more comfort. At the moment its still a mess with furniture all over the place so once the ceilings are done we can start moving things back into their respective rooms.
The 'new' Rayburn stove has been fitted with a new flue and connected up to the hot water system so we will be able to enjoy a smoke and soot free kitchen, with warmth, hot water and cooking capacity. The old stove made the house very sooty and it has become apparent since taking it out that it was not functioning very well at all. I'm itching to christen the new stove with some yummy baked goods! The house feels more like our house now.
Moving on to the subject of this post, my friend Grace who lives in Blackall in far western Queensland, sent me these amazing tea towels for my collection. Grace has been helping a friend of hers, Marie, while she recovers from illness. Marie generously gave Grace some tea towels for me once before and now she has revealed these beauties from her cupboards!
|A collectors item I think.|
Three quilts that I made ages ago have resurfaced of late.
|A small lap quilt. The border fabric is now very faded.|
This one was made by fabric that I bought at a garage sale in Springwood many many years ago. I had the pale green and the black but the dark floral, apricot and backing were bought from the garage sale for a few dollars. The quilt has been with my daughter for a few years now and I had forgotten all about it. I quilted it myself with some stippling and stars which I also had forgotten about! Its interesting to look back and note how your fabric selections have changed. Certainly my colour preferences have changed and everything I make these days seems to be a lot bigger!! I think this is due to the availability and affordability of professional quilting services now.
This one was a kit I bought from Penrith Patchwork and is a Chris Jurd design. I love the pretty colours in this quilt. I finished it about five years ago. Erin had it on her bed in hospital when she was awaiting Oli's arrival. When I bought it I had no idea that I would end up going to classes with Chris each month!
We spent last weekend in the Adelaide Hills with friends celebrating a birthday. Its a beautiful place and so easily accessible from Adelaide. We stayed in Hahndorf which is only about a 25 minute drive from the city. Its a lovely place full of historic buildings. It was established 150 years ago by the Lutherans. The main street is very picturesque with so many lovely old buildings of all kinds. There are many restaurants and cafes and drinking houses to enjoy.
|The old mill building in the main street of Hahndorf|
|The views from The Lane Winery|
|The gardens at Deviation Road Winery|