Monday, November 20, 2017

Travel Journal - 4

My memory after visiting Chateau de Vaux-le-Vicomte, was stopping on the side of the road to buy a bunch of Lily of the Valley. 1st of May is the day to remember when Knight Louis Girard presented a bunch to King Charles IX as a token of luck and prosperity.
It is considered good luck if you are given a stalk that has 13 flowers on it.
 The bunches were wrapped in the Lily of the Valley cellophane, which I kept.
For the next few days, the smell of the flowers wafted through the ship as many bunches were bought by passengers.
When I arrived home, my friend Jenni O. gave me a magazine with an article of the Chateau.
She received the magazine in the mail on the day I visited the Chateau, a lovely coincidence!! 
Thank you Jenni.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Sunday Nursery Visit

Our Sunday afternoon drive took us to a nursery in Warrandyte called Warran Glen.
A test run to see where it was located, realised after arriving, that we had driven past it on other Sunday drives. Took quite a wait to get a car park, a very popular place.
A lovely coffee and citrus tart in the cafe among the hoards of visitors.
Booking a table is advisable, stood in line a while. Well worth the wait.

 Looking down from the Cafe to the Nursery.
 Lush foliage in the grounds surrounding the lakes.
 The Cafe.
 Avenue of Japanese Maples.

 Interesting wall art.

 Wall planter boxes made of car number plates.
There is a quilt shop at the nursery, hosting a Christmas break up in a couple of weeks.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

The Mill

Drove to Geelong today to visit The Mill.
There are 3 of these warehouses, Geelong, Ballarat and Daylesford, being the biggest.
All under one roof, stall holders take out an area to sell 2nd hand goods, antiques and bric-a-brac.
I have been seeking old parchments, maps, writing sheets, ledgers etc. for paper journals and textiles.
 Came home with 2 rolls of music sheets for Jeann and myself.
 I have a music roll, know where to buy one when I run out.
I spent a quiet hour roaming, with the sound of rain coming down on the tin roof.
I mentioned to a friend that my sweet peas were not tall and very slow in growth.
Read the packet and then realised, I had planted a dwarf variety.
 From this..... these.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

The Poppy Field

This morning, prior to a beautiful breakfast at a nearby cafĂ©, we visited the Shrine of Remembrance to view the 5,000 Poppies Project field. 
Standing looking at them, it reminded me that this project has brought so many people together all over Australia and beyond.
When Lyn first conceived the idea of 5,000 Poppies, never would she have thought that hundreds of thousands of them would be knitted and made.
My poppies were in the original Federation Square display which then went to the Chelsea Flower Show, U.K.

 The Legacy Garden
Poppies from Flanders Fields, which bloom around the 1st of November, Remembrance Day. 

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Travel Journal - 3

We spent a day walking the back streets of Paris, the weather was beautiful and the trees rustled in the breeze.
I took note of doors, knockers and handles.
 Background photocopy of Paris map, white washed and blue watercolour added for the sky.
Cut out door frames of 2 photos, drew the doors and coloured them in.
Stamps, label and 2 wrappers from a box of chocolates that I bought, just for the papers.
Watercolour and shapes of leaves. The gardens and trees were beautiful, full of spring bulbs and bearded iris.
Melbourne Cup day lunched at Kyneton, visit to the Botanical Gardens to see the Iris.


Sunday, November 5, 2017

Tall and Low

Our weekend was busy. Saturday morning spent at the Vic Market, stocking up on meat for the freezer, accompanied by a breakfast of a bacon and egg roll with coffee.
Driving in at 6am and seeing the hot air balloons over the city. One day will do this activity.

 The sun was coming up and the buildings in the city were reflective.

 One day I will spend it in the CBD region, there are a many high rise buildings that could be used as quilt pattern inspirations.
 Sunday lunch with Emma, we then took Harvey for a walk along the Maribrynong River.
My Grand-dog, a very affectionate bulldog.
 Spent time over the weekend planting seedlings in the vegie garden.
There is a sense of satisfaction when you can pick your own vegetables. They taste so different to store bought. More flavour.
 Italian Parsley, beetroot and gourmet lettuce.

We have had trouble with something eating the zucchini's and cucumbers, Bunnings told us to place a flat plastic lid with olive oil, to attract the bugs, it has worked.

Friday, November 3, 2017

Travel Journal - 2

My second entry of my journal.
Villes-Bretonneux, the Somme Battlefield area of Normandy.
I remember it was a cool breezy morning, surrounding the area, poppies and yellow canola were flowering in the fields and the wind was the only noise I could hear.
No-one spoke, respectful silence.
Looking from the Anzac Tower.
 Linen tea towel, tea bag paper, hand stitching and polyester fabric.
We each wore the paper poppy.