My Australian adventure continued from Perth to Adelaide. I was met at the airport in Adelaide by my friend, Penny Crompton. We arrived at our hosts home, Kate Perkins, mid afternoon. I had no idea what fun awaited me. As soon as we arrived I was totally smitten with Kate and her surroundings. But, I had a class to get ready for.
There’s a fantastic quilt shop in Adelaide called Hettie’s. They have an amazing classroom and this is where the first of the workshops was held. Five women traveled from Broken Hill for the class, along with nine from Adelaide and one from Victor Harbor. It was terrific catching up with those I’d not seen in 8 years.
After the first 2-day workshop Kate took me on a mini-tour of Adelaide and some of its charming scenery and shops. We stopped at Eastern Silks where I met the owner and he commissioned me to make one of my purses. It was fun seeing all their wonderful silks from India, along with amazing trims at fraction of the cost I’d paid in the U.S.
The 2nd of the 2-day workshops started on Friday and, again, it was terrific catching up with people I’d not seen in a long time. Joy Martin had arranged for me to come to Adelaide, but she and Russell were in India. Christine Howard was there with Joy’s wonderful “stuff” so we could buy what we needed for the class.
On Sunday we had arranged for me to do a Flat Doll Daze. Over 40 hearty souls came out to play with Tyvek, Dyes, Paints, Pearl EX powders, organza, Shiva Paintstiks, rubber stamps, colored pencils, Copic markers, etc. I was simply blown away at the talent this group has. It was a day of fun, friendship and sharing.
After my six days in Adelaide Penny Crompton took me to her magical farm in Victor Harbor. For two blissful days I basked in the quiet of a working dairy and horse farm.
Penny and John also have amazing peacocks. I loved the way they’d hang around in front of the house and jump up on the roof and stomp around.
My time in Australia is coming to an end. I’ll hate leaving, as usual. But, I’ll be eager to get home to see my John, too. First, though, I flew from Adelaide back to Melbourne and one of my dearest friends, Jenny Campbell, was at the airport to greet me. Jenny and I go back a long way. She and her mum, Gwen, have had me come to Bendigo for many years. Today, Jenny and I had a delightful lunch along the waterfront of Melbourne then we went to see her son, Ben, and darling grandson, Jack.
Friday, I’ll head to Peter and Kay’s home then spend the weekend at Textile Artistry. So, stay tuned for the last segment of my grand trip to Australia.