Saturday, January 3, 2009

Catching Up

I got back from my holiday yesterday, and have finally packed everything away and settled back into a normal routine. Which means time to share!

I spent a week in Beechworth, which is a country town in northern Victoria. The region is noted for its wineries (many of which I visited), and for its produce (much of which I ate). One of the wineries I went to had a beautiful view across the vineyards towards Mt Buffalo in the background. We managed to sample quite a few of the local wines, and purchased quite a bit of fruit direct from the growers. It tastes so much better than the stuff you buy in your local shops! I don't think I've ever eaten quite so many cherries in one sitting.

We did a fair bit of driving around, visiting other towns. We came across a Vienna Patisserie out in the middle of nowhere!

We also had some cute visitors where we were staying (sorry the photo is a bit dark; the bird on the left is a bub).

To make up for a bit of over-indulging over christmas, we hopped on our bikes to ride some of the rail trail (an old train line converted to a bike path). On the way we rode past the Hops Gardens, and stopped at one of the old train stations. I'd forgotten how sore the bike seat makes the tush!

I also visited a few quilt shops: the Beechworth Quilters Cottage which I always drop in to when I'm up that way, and then I stumbled upon a shop in Bright by the name of Homespun Memories (I think). They had a lovely range of more traditional fabrics, jelly rolls, quilt kits, and heaps of patterns. I snagged a jelly roll book while I was there, to make headway on that pile of jelly rolls I seem to be accumulating...

While I was away, I finished the binding on both B's baby quilt, and my Wallflower quilt.

And of course, Miss Bella was very happy that we collected her on the way home yesterday; she hasn't let us out of her sight!


Christine said...

Welcome home. Sounds like you had a good time. I have been to the quilt shop in Beechworth ... very nice. I like the look of your new book ... love Anka's Treasures.
Your quilts both look fantastic ... love your stippling, something I'm yet to master.
Give Bella a pat from me.

Jeanne said...

Beautiful photos of your vacation surroundings. Bella is just so elegant and gorgeous. Happy New Year.
Congrats on the quilt finishes. They are wonderful.

Quilter Going Bananas said...

Hi Christine! Happy New Year!
Thoroughly enjoyed the pics of your holiday.
I loved the striped binding on your quilt. Isn't it nice to have those finishes?? I think it's addicting, almost! LOL
Nice book too, Anka's Treasures has nice patterns. Let me know what you think of it once you dive in and start a project.

Leanne said...

I love the quilts you have made. Looks like you had a nice holiday.

Unknown said...

Lovely post about your holiday. I was married in Yackandandah and we had a our reception in Beechworth. A couple of years ago we rode the rail trail from Beechworth to Bright and back again, 4 kids and 4 adults, best holiday ever, we carried everything we needed, stayed in Cabins, motels, caravans. We loved it so much we are going back in April to do it again. I might need to find the patchwork stores you found!