Monday, October 31, 2016

Seoul, South Korea

It was one very long day, up at 4.30am to catch a 8.30am flight to Hong Kong, 90 minutes in transit, 3 hour flight to Seoul, checking into hotel at 11pm (2 hours behind home). Hit the pillows and couldn't sleep.
 Central Australia
 Leaving Australia over Darwin
 Clamshells to pass the time, unfortunately threw in the polyester cotton instead of 100% and it was static and hard to sew with.
 Hong Kong Airport always had a few exhibitions on in the terminals.
Ceramic teacups and pots. There was also lantern making for the children while they waited for flights.

After visiting Seoul Station to buy return ticket to the airport and a ticket for a day trip to Busan, hit the subway and pavement to visit the Gyeongbokgung Palace, the main palace of the Joseon Dynasty.
 Guard on duty
 There many young girls dressed in the Korean National Costume. Our Guide tod us that if you turn up dressed in this, you are admitted free, but it costs you more to hire the outfits!!! Every girl and guy had a selfie stick and a mobile phone in their hand!!
 Geunjeongjeon Hall, the main throne Hall of the Palace
 Gingko trees in abundance
 Autumn is coming to Korea
The main garden
 The Pavilion where the King held banquets for foreign envoys and the Royal Family enjoyed boating on the artificial pond.
 We revisited the Jogyesa Buddhist Temple. June 2015 was the Lantern Festival and as we walked towards the temple were greeted with an amazing spectacle of Chrysanthiums.

 We stood quietly with 100's of others listening to the Buddhist ceremony and chantings.


Thursday, October 20, 2016

Cranbourne Botanical Gardens

Yesterday our annual State Rose Garden bus trip took us back to the gardens. I have been there several times and each time have noticed the difference in the growth of the trees and plant life.

 (Waratah) Proteaceae "Braidwood Brilliant"
 "Bridal Gown"

 Love these rusted panels.

A great day with wonderful company.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

NGV Exhibition

Yesterday visited the National Gallery of Victoria, Federation Square to see the exhibition.
 "Spanish Encounter" 1960
Painted in 5 hours at Kings Cross showing Olsen's experiences of living in Spain.

 "Summer in the you beaut country".
Olsen was commissioned to paint the ceiling of art dealer Frank McDonald's residence ceiling.

 Several of his journals were displayed.
 The "Paella" Tapestry woven by members of the South Melbourne branch of the Australian Tapestry Workshop.
 The Terry Whelan suite tea and coffee dinner service, 
decorated by Olsen and pottery of NZ Robert Mair.
 Paintings of Lake Eyre

 "Popping Bluebottles" 2007

Gadget Prize

Our Willows Quilting Group Inc. set a challenge with their Swiss Sister Quilting Group on "Weather". I made a piece called "Broken Drought".
I was very lucky to win 2nd place and received this prize.
I love gadgets. 

It is made as a flat version of the Swiss Army Knife. At first I thought it was a CD.
A fabulous little piece to keep in my sewing or hand bag.
I have been told that they can also be bought on Amazon if anyone is looking for a Christmas gift with a difference.
Thank you to the Swiss Quilting group for sending me my prize. 

Monday, October 17, 2016

A Day of Weaving

My day yesterday was spent with Prue from Dyeing to Weave.

"Immerse yourself in the beautiful freestyle creativity of Japanese SAORI weaving as you create a gorgeous, unique scarf to take home! In this 5 hour session you will learn a range of SAORI weaving techniques, understand the philosophy and history of SAORI and enjoy a longer time at the loom to experiment with colour, yarns, technique and textured creativity."
 To these beautiful colours we added textures that we had brought along.
Recycled ribbons, wool, threads and threads.
 The looms are portable and after a short time we got into the theme of passing the shuttle through and weaving. It was extremely relaxing.
 My finished scarf.

 Jeann's scarf
....and Melanie's