Thursday, March 27, 2014

The adventures of a Norwegian in Australia!

Its been a busy couple of weeks since Randi came to stay.
 Can't believe how fast its going.
Our first weekend saw us in Castlemaine for a
 workshop with Di Ford-Hall and Margaret McDonald.
This is Di's quilt we worked on

and this is Margaret's. Similar elements, different application.
Then it was off to visit our applique groups
( Castlemaine Applique Group) first ever exhibition.
What a wonderful sight the hall was bursting at the seams with quilts made by the members.
( more photos of the quilts can be seen here )
This was our delightful B&B cottage for the weekend, and the girls who shared it with us.
Randi, Bev, Dorothy and Moreen.

We also spied this charming wee cottage beside the road.
What a wonderful quilting studio this would make.

We also came across a clump of these gum trees with interesting bark.
Does anyone know what they are called?
Several days later saw us heading down to Fairhaven.
An afternoon stroll past this beautiful lighthouse and stunning coastline.

The next morning we were off bright and early for a day trip
 along the World famous Great Ocean Road.

There was time for a walk into the rainforest at Mait's Rest.

Our first sighting of the 12 Apostles.

Then we decided we were brave enough to
 take a chopper ride to get the best view possible!!
We were very glad we did!! Its spectacular up there,
and if you ever get the chance, do take it!
 Its not as scary as you might think.

That evening after our long eventful day we enjoyed a delicious meal
 at a local restaurant, and decided that it capped of a PERFECT DAY!

The next morning we discovered this charming cottage near the beach,
which was perfect for my latest quilt to have a photo shoot.

Back home it was time to prepare for a wonderful weekend.
Marg Sampson-George,  a Sydney teacher was coming  for a weekend workshop.
Here is the room ready for the attendees.
Marg  begins with a talk about the quilts she will teach.
then its time for a break, a cuppa and a chat!

Some progress on quilts across the weekend.

Plenty of focus!

And plenty of inspiration!!

This is my pile of fabrics waiting to become a quilt.

Of course, a weekend like this is always accompanied with food!!!
And there was plenty!

This is the closest we came to a group shot!!
It was show and tell time, and the paparazzi were out in full force!
Yesterday we took a trip into the city with Meredithe,
who l am sure will post plenty more photos some time soon.
Here we are outside the Hopetoun Tea Rooms,
were the cue was a mile long, and one can see why with these delicious goods for sale.

We played it safe and went elsewhere and
 enjoyed a wonderful shared lunch none the less.

Of course, no visit to the city is complete without a visit to L'uccello.
here is Randi with her beautiful bag that holds her purchases.
 My bag was only half the size. Just saying!!

There are plenty more fun quilty things planned for her remaining 2 weeks,
 so hope to be back soon with more adventures of a Norwegian in Australia.
Thanks for visiting.


  1. Sounds like you are all having a wonderful time, Linda. I'm sure Randi is really enjoying her time here in Australia.

  2. What a great time you are giving Randi, it all sounds wonderful!

  3. Looks like Randi is having a great time in Australia. Lucky girl. Give my regards to her.

  4. just love all the photos that you share. I love those small cottages, the ocean view - the quilts - it sure looks like you all are having such a wonderful time.

  5. What a wonderful time you are having together! Beautiful fabrics you've collected for that next project!

  6. Sounds like you have some great friends and even better times getting together.:)

  7. Glad your having such a fab time.

  8. Randi is a Lucky gal, so are we. What a wonderful blogpost! Love it, thanks for sharing with us. Enjoy your weekend.

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