Sunday, September 30, 2018

Another Silo Ticked off the List

We left early to head to Rochester where another Art Silo adorns the town.
2.5 hours with very little traffic but returning home hit the convoy of utes that had attended the Ute Muster at Denniliquin. We branched off towards Bendigo and bypassed them. 
 The Redesdale Bridge is one of the oldest iron lattice-truss bridges in Victoria. 
Wrought iron and timber with bluestone abutments, located over the Campaspe River.
 Jimmy DVate is a Melbourne based artist and graphic designer.
He has created works of art on street walls across Australia and Europe.
He is known for his striking renditions of endangered animals across Australia.

The artwork shows the bird feasting on a golden perch, snatched from the Campaspe river that runs just metres from the base of the silo.
 The local Shamrock Hotel, a beautiful piece of architecture.

Nearby is the dormant Murray Goulburn factory, which closed it's doors for the final time in January. It left 100 people jobless. There was the push for the silo artwork to join the Silo Art Trail, which has bought in many tourists and financial aid to the town.

The statue commemorates Australian cyclist and politician Sir Hubert Opperman, born in Rochetser 1904 - 1996. He held more than 100 distance cycling records, including the Australian Road Cycling titles in 1924, 1926, 1927 and 1929.

 The quilt shop in Rochester.

Saturday, September 29, 2018

Stitch Meditations

I have taken the word Quilting off my heading.....I don't do quilting in the sense of patchwork anymore, perhaps I have lost interest or my path has headed in another direction. If I use my machine I free motion fabric scraps and paper. 
Hand stitching SM's, is keeping me connected to fabric. As the year is quickly going by, I would like to continue with them for 2019. A few ideas have sprung to mind, 3 inches using only paper or paper and fabric in 2 inches. 
I have always, since early childhood had this "thing for paper". Receive a new exercise book, turn the cover to the crisp new first paper. I guess time will tell where I head.

 SM 266
Linen fabrics
 SM 267
Spring is in the air
 SM 268
Cross Hatched upholstery fabric
 SM 269
Approaching storm during the night
 SM 270
SM 271
A Trifle Abstract

 I covered my small notebook with a piece of weaving I made.
Each day I spend a few minutes doing a little something in my book.

27 September, in memory of our friend Joy.
Jeann and I spent a few hours together, with a date scone, Joy's favourite, a cuppa and chatting.
We didn't mention her but she was in our thoughts.
 Jeann and I miss you dear friend.

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Back to School

I have enrolled in a 10 week course at RMIT.
Today I received an email to say it was going ahead, starting next week.
 Thank goodness it is not a course where exams are involved!!!

The content of what it involves under the teachings of Michelle Lackenby:
- Concertina books of many variations
-Simple hardcover book
-Coptic stitch book
-Japanese binding
-Long stitch leather wrap journal
-Pop up books
-Papermaking/suminagashi marbling
-Perfect bound
-Running daisy stitch

Monday, September 24, 2018

Stitch Meditations

The countdown is on, now into double figures of my SM's.
 SM 255
Self patterned Blues
SM 256
Bearded Iris Season
 SM 257
Marine Brights
SM 258
Velvet and Lace 
 SM 259
Falling Autumn Colours
 SM 260
Orange and White
 SM 261
Hot Pink and Lace
 SM 262
Hand Printed Autumn Leaf
SM 263
Plain, Simple and Green
 SM 264
Fabric from Jeanette and Swaps
SM 265
Log Cabin Inspired

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Tiny Sleepy Town Sunday Drive

Talbot, is a 90 minute drive up the highway via the outskirts of Ballarat.
An article was in the RACV magazine during the week, we have driven past the town but never stopped to have a look. 442 residents reside in Talbot, once formerly a gold rush town.
The town is also known for it's interest in astronomy.
 The old railway station is now a trash and treasure gallery.
On display were several stands of old railway tickets that I remember collecting as a child.
The book shop is called "Slightly Bent Books". 

 There are many old buildings with lots of character.
 The main street, called Scandinavian Crescent, was so named for the miners who led the 1859 gold rush.
 Nineteenth-century facades, originally a butchers shop, Phoenix Hotel. Bank of Australasia and the London Chartered Bank.

 A sleepy town during the day but comes to life with over 4,000 visitors on the 3rd Sunday of the month when it holds it's farmers and artisan market. 100+ stalls. Will put it in our diary!!
 Water trough outside the post office.

 Talbot Town Hall houses craft on market day.

Award winning cafe/restaurant, stopped at the Provedore for lunch, a beautiful light meal using the areas produce.