Moondyne country

16 10 2021

I’ve been so focused on the school reunion the past 6 months that everything else has gone by the wayside, including writing a post on the quilting retreat I went to in August, the first I’d been to since early March 2020, just before the first COVID lockdown started. The venue near Toodyay we’d used for many years had sold in the interim so we had to find a new place—somewhere that had suitable accommodation, all meals, and a room big enough to hold about 20 people and all their sewing machines and gear, and not far from Perth. Our intrepid leader found a wonderful place in the Chittering Valley. We were there in mid-August when everything was lush and green and fresh. I think we’ve found our new home! The food was fantastic too. (However, I won’t be attending any retreats there in the summer months because of the bushfire risk—there’s only one road in and out and it goes through a national park for several kilometres, so the risk for me is too great.) By the way, the area is called Moondyne, named after Moondyne Joe, a notorious Western Australian bushranger who hid out in the area evading capture.

I’d pretty much lost my sewing/quilting mojo for the past 12 months, so this was a chance to see if it would come back, even just a little, and it did. That said, I haven’t touched what I made since I got home, but the reunion stuff has taken up an awful lot of my hours around my paid work. The reunion is next weekend, so my commitment will reduce to almost nothing once all the event photos are sorted out and shared.

Here are some photos of the venue (on about 1000+ acres, and overlooking the Avon River WAY down below; yes there are a LOT of kangaroos!) and the improv quilt top I put together over the 4 days.

late afternoon drinks on the veranda, with the afternoon sun casting a beautiful low over the people seated in the picture

Valley view down to the Avon River; many kangaroos grazing on the hillside

Avon River in full flow across rapids

Valley view down to the Avon River

Valley view across to the Avon Valley National Park

first quilt blocks partially completed -- purples and deep blues with splashes of yellow fabric

quilt top partially completed -- all aquas and purples with splashes of yellow fabric

quilt top completed -- all aquas and purples with splashes of yellow fabric

drinks on the veranda in the late afternoon, overlooking the green valley down to the Avon River

in the large conference room, set up with tables suitable for sewing

in the large conference room, set up with tables suitable for sewing

in the large conference room, set up with tables suitable for sewing

 

 





It’s getting real

11 10 2021

My school reunion just got real—today I printed off the 53 name tags of those who’ll be attending!┬áIt’s on in 12 days!

We found 85 of our group, had 32 apologies, no responses from 4, and the remaining 49 said they’ll attend, plus 3 ex-teachers and 1 partner of an ex-student.

(photo deliberately blurred)


And a few days later, I’d finished compiling and editing the yearbook and printed off my first copy (110p, from 59 contributors of the 85 found)