Thursday, September 30, 2021

Upcoming Exhibition

 All things going well ( if these lockdowns ever end) I shall be having a small exhibition in the Sparc Gallery at ArcYinnar starting on the 9th of October until the 31st of October ( It was supposed to start this Saturday). I must admit to being less than enthused creating work until recently because I was not even sure the exhibition would happen and what is the point of creating new work when all it does is sit in the house until maybe, someone offers to buy something. I did have some booklets made entitled Morning Walks in the Pandemic- its a bit of a vanity project really- very limited print run which makes it on the expensive side. I walked most mornings during the reign of the Pandemic these last 18 months and I feel fortunate to have had access to such a wonderful little bushland reserve. I took lots of photos and also wrote down random thoughts when I got home from my walk which I have fashioned into a poem of sorts. I have also created new work in response to my walks, inspired by pickings and my photos. When my exhibition goes live I will also post on my blog with the sale prices of each piece. You will make an artist very very happy if you see something that catches your eye enough to want to make it yours. I will also sell some of the monoprinted and screen printed fabrics I have created especially for this exhibition. Again I shall post those on the 9th of October.

So I want to share some of the work I have been making. It is possible to purchase the booklet- which is 32 pages including covers and is A5 size and has been printed in full colour on quality satin finish paper. The booklet was designed by @s.galtrydesign. Here are some pages from the booklet. The price is $25 inclusive of postage to anywhere in the world. I have only had a limited number printed.

In a way the extra week before the opening of the exhibition has created the opportunity to  create more work, though the space is not large. I will give you a bit of a taster of some of the things that will be on display. But I will share the whole exhibition on the 9th of October.

The above is an A4 sized piece which has been monoprinted and machine stitched.

Forest pieces ( 85 cm x 83 cm) hand dyed forest fabric hand printed with bracken and gum leaves, machine stitched.

Screen printed onto khadi paper- nardoo from a photograph I took in the Bushland Reserve.

Mono printed on hand dyed khadi which had previously been printed with a linocut ( I didn't like the resulting linocut print too much- not enough graphic dynamic but the fabric was too nice not to do something with)

Monprinted A4 size- the one above has been entirely stitched by hand. Below is a monoprint before stitching. These have been printed onto hand dyed fabric.

There will be more works like this on display plus a few other inventions like pockets and a gum leaf free fall hanging. There will also be some hand made and printed concertina booklets and of course pods, pods, pods. It is possible to enroll for the Pods, Pods, Pods on-line class. You will find details for the class and payment button  in the link I have provided. I have decided that I will send out the notes and video when payment is made and then I will arrange a zoom session later in October ( that schedule depends a little on what happens with lockdowns). And yes pods are multiplying and accumulating.

I will also be commencing another Traveller's Blanket Class on 25 October- this will be the last class for this year as the course takes around 8 weeks though I keep the Facebook group open for longer as stitching a Traveller's Blanket takes time. If you look at my previous post which I have linked then you will find a bit of a description of this class as well as a Payment button.

Thursday, September 02, 2021

Pods, Pods, Pods, and Mono Printing

 And so the lockdown continues- case numbers keep rising and it seems people are so doing the wrong thing. I am sick and tired of people who think they are above and beyond- get real people this is a panademic, not your unfriendly neighbourhood flu.

I have been trying to achieve some work but because of lockdown I am unable to get a hold of the fabric I normally use to dye, so I have had to be sparing with what I have. I doubt whether I will be able to get fabric in the near future as I get it in Melbourne and Melbourne is locked down for awhile yet.

I am supposed to be having a small exhibition at the small gallery at ArcYinnar starting in October but who knows, however work still has to be made in anticipation of it happening even if it doesn't. I thought I would make work inspired by walks in the Crinigan Bushland Reserve where I walk almost daily. 

I purchased a cold press laminator last year and it sat and stared at me in its box for quite some time. But I finally set it up a few months ago and have been having quite a bit of fun with it. It has been great for printing lino onto fabric. It is not any faster but the evenness of the pressure means to overall print is better. Then awhile ago Jennifer Nieuwenhof showed a video of her monoprinting technique on paper and I thought I might give that a try on fabric! I can only get two prints on fabric as the fabric absorbs the printing ink, and I am using textile printing inks- but am rather chuffed with the results. I have used things found on my morning walks in the bushland reserve so these will be great to use for my exhibition. I love that I have been able to use foliage from my morning walks. 

This is the cold press laminator and some of the prints I have  made. I am not sure what brand it is as the box does not say nor does the piece itself. But it has two orange rollers. The pressure is adjustable and it has a small hand crank. I am using a piece of wood ply as my bed and it is 65 cm wide. It was around $140 delivered- and with the fun I have been having with it I  think that is really good value!

The image above is the first print- so that the foliage creates the negative space.

This is the second print showing the shadowing of the first print and with the foliage inked again. I just love how the kangaroo grass comes out int he printing process.

The piece above has been hand stitched ( this is A4 size). The image below has been machine stitched.

And my Pods, Pods, Pods class is running again on 19 September. there is still plenty of time to join into the pod making fun ( i have become a bit obsessed and tend to stitch them whilst binge watching stuff on my laptop at night). Once you get the hand of them, they come together quite quickly and there are three variations on offer which include a pod, a pomegranate and an urchin.There is a button below the last photo for the class which costs $25 and consists of pdf notes, video and we will have a zoom session a week after instructions have been delivered so we can share and ask questions.

The photo below shows a detail of the dots and colonial knots of the sea urchin.

Wednesday, August 11, 2021

A Lean Mean Year And Yet...

 And yet I am very glad to be here, thanks to the modern medicine and hospitals and hospital staff. I suffered a heart attack on the 1st of August and had very few of the signs of heart attack. My blood pressure had been reasonably good up to the event ( I had even given up red wine eight months ago and those of you who know me well know of my fondness for a glass of red wine) I was feeling ok, I had been walking a bit less than normal ( the weather has been cold cold cold and wet), my diet is reasonably good ( a bit too much cheese but I eat few sweets) but there is a family history of heart disease on both sides of the family.  On the 1st of August my daughter was staying with me, we had gone for a coffee in the morning and then went to the gallery at ArcYinnar to see Linda Ellery's excellent exhibition  which I had helped hang on the Thursday. I had a bit of left arm pain but put it down to muscle fatigue from hanging said exhibition. On driving home we decided to go for a walk. We had started walking when I started to feel really unwell ( I don't often feel unwell) so much so that I said to my daughter perhaps we need to go to the hospital? ( I am also aware of the heart history of my family) so we did. The triage nurse had me whipped in there like lightening thank goodness, even though my blood pressure was not abnormal and I had no chest pain, and I was not breathless. Enzyme tests confirmed that indeed I was having a heart attack. Latrobe Regional Hospital does not have a cardiac unit yet, so they stabilised me for transfer me to the Alfred in Melbourne and an angiogram to see what was going on. There was narrowing of one artery in particular so they placed stents in that artery- the other artery passed the stress test and the third artery goes nowhere??. I was very glad not to need surgery but now I do have to take medication ( I was on none before this event) I was out of hospital the next afternoon. Thank you to all the staff at Latrobe Regional Hospital and The Alfred and my hat off to all nurses! You do a wonderful and difficult job and in these Covid times even harder with all the gear you have to wear all the time!

I am back home now and feeling  reasonably good. My daughter decided to stay on for the week I came home which has been lovely, even though she works from home in her day time job. It is lovely to have someone here when we are yet again locked down ( that has now lifted a little for regional Victoria). I live on my own so lock down is difficult- especially as the only person I see during lockdown times is my elderly mother whose physical  condition is slowly but surely deteriorating since her stroke and who  like many of her generation refuses to entertain leaving her house despite the fact that it is becoming difficult for her to be there even with all the help and assistance I have been able to organise and the meals I cook for her. I also live and hour and a half from where she lives so it is not so easy to be there  and I still work full time in my business. I am not yet old enough for a pension and because I have been self employed for the last 25 years of my working life earning what a textile artists earns and raising a family on those earnings there is no super annuation to fall back on. I think there are many women around my age in the same position and many more who are homeless through no real fault of their own.

There is no doubt that Covid has played havoc with my income these last 18 months like it has for many people with a micro business- it is not easy to get the financial support that seems to be available for bigger companies- you can't actually go on job seeker as you are a business owner and not actively seeking work. I decided last year that rather than jump through the hoops of Centrelink I would try and tough it out myself somehow- I am fortunate I own my house, but there are expenses involved in living in a house and well utilities need to be paid and I need to eat ( a bit less cheese than I have been 😆). 

Just about all teaching events I have been booked for over the last year have been cancelled due to lockdowns, all exhibitions that I attend have been cancelled so I have turned to the on-line versions of what I do. You, the on-line community have been incredibly supportive and for that I am extremely grateful but nonetheless my income has been heavily impacted. I do grow a lot of my own vegetables and with spring coming my garden needs a lot of work, all of which I have to do whilst also continuing to work. My compost bins need turning but I am not supposed to do anything too heavy for awhile.

Like many I have struggled with this sixth lockdown here in Victoria- we lockdown hard to save lives and to prevent people getting sick with this nasty horrid virus which claims victims amongst all ages. People do complain but as far as I am concerned anything that saves lives is worth  the inconvenience of lockdown. There is an ethical question which I have not heard addressed adequately to counter those who claim their individual rights are too impacted ( have we forgotten what ethics are) which is when do my individual rights outweigh the rights and safety and well being of the community of which I am a part ? The answer is they don't if I am a part of the community .

I decided to stitch the linocut printed panel of this bird and stylised flowers inspired byt Florentine fabric from the sixteenth century. I am using mainly backstitch.

And so I try and stitch and keep working. I am making a new design for a poppy inspired tifaifai for the book which I am supposed to be working on. Meanwhile I keep getting distracted with more pockets and pods and another bit of hand stitching to ease ther anxiety as i now contemplate this next phase of my life. Walking will definitely be a part of that and we have been walking this week in the little bushland reserve near to my home and sadly  cheese will be a lesser part of my existence.

A "bush" pocket. The other night whilst my daughter and I were binge watching The Cook of Castamar on Netflix I was delighted to see the cook wearing a "pocket" in one of the scenes . My pockets are for sale for $125.00AUS inclusive of postage . Email me if you are interested. ( the pockets in my previous blog post are for sale also)

I have decided to run another Pods, Pods, Pods class for 19 September 2021. The last pods class brought up some delightful variations. Details of the course are in my previous blog post as well as a Paypal button for payment for the class which you can find here.

Sunday, July 18, 2021

Workshops On-line

I have been teaching on-line classes  since 2009 and  have chosen not to use a dedicated platform to do this- mainly because I want to keep the groups smallish  and also friendly . In the on-line sphere the feel of a class is very different to teaching in the flesh. When you teach in the flesh you can read a room, you can tell who needs a little help, you can tell when you need to take a stop to explain s0mething a bit bettter than you might have, you need to make everyone feel included as much as possible, you can  relate stories and people can respond with their own stories and ideas- it's an interactive space, where everyone's voice makes a contribution. It is the give and take of a teaching space or as a good friend of mine , Fiona Wright from the Stitching Project calls it the bump and nudge of sparking ideas. And this is exactly what happened over the last couple of months- as we have kept checking in with each other  and nudged and bumped each other with ideas as we try and negotiate this new kind of world we are in and try and see how we can create something into the future that actually embraces more connectivity of the bump and nudge kind. Sometimes we are like giddy school girls running with an idea which may or may not come off but it's the fizz of excitement of running with an idea which sparks other ideas. So with that thought in mind we have decide to create a website called the Connecting Stitch with a blog as well- it is still very much a work in progress and will continue to be so in the spirit of sparking ideas, but we intend to share all sort of interesting tidbits and ideas, making ideas and thinking with our hands we also intend to include others into the choir. Will let you know as soon as you can join in to the fun. We have both worked on a blog post- where you will find  instructions on how to embellish a jacket and how to make tie on pockets. We also have an instagram page called connecting_stitch ( which you can look at already)- we will be adding things so follow us if you are interested to see what we are up to.

Pods, Pods, Pods
I have had quite a few requests for the pod workshop. I must admit I have kind of struggled with how to put it together exactly. I don't enjoy zoom for actual teaching but do like it for question and answer. I myself learn from notes with lots of images but that said also watch videos on how to do things. So on that note I have decided to launch the workshop anyway and combine all three things. So Pods Pods and Pods Workshop notes and video will be available on the 1st of August and then we will do a zoom Question and Answer the following week- at two different times on Sunday 8 August ( to accommodate US and European time zones). The cost of the workshop will be $25AUS. You will see in the photos I have branched out the pods into pomegranate shapes and urchin shapes ( how could I resist?) and the notes will have instructions on how to make these. I have attached a Paypal button and once payment is made I will send you an email with a materials list and further instructions.

 The button on the left if for the Pods, Pods, Pods On-line Workshop.

And just when Victoria thought it might have dodged  some of the Covid crisis here we are in lockdown again. I live alone and am unpartnered so these lockdowns are becoming difficult. I am allowed to see my mother for care reasons but that is arduous in its own right ( I do her cooking , some of which I freeze and her shopping)- but frankly I could do with a hug myself and also I need to be vigilant about my own self care which at present is getting subsumed into my mothers' care. And I also need to be super careful in what I might pass on to her. We have been lucky in the Latrobe valley with a few cases early in 2020 but none since, but as the current situation shows it requires extreme vigilance for things to remain this way.I realise covid numbers are on the rise worldwide and we must all take care of each other and there are people in difficult situations everywhere- but if you are partnered or sharing a house please reach out to those that are not. The world has been far from easy for many people and not all of us can at the end of the day receive a warm hug from someone in your immediate vicinity- a kind caring word goes a long way!

And last but not least. I am starting another Traveller's Blanket on-line class on the 8th of August. There is still plenty of time to sign up and create your own Traveller's blanket- they are wraps to remind you of journeys and wanderings on this planet whether it be your back yard, your local forest or beach or the wider world which at present lives in our imaginations. To me there is nothing quite like stitching- it passes time to be sure, but also makes my hands wander, create textures , and fills space with such feeling that it is tangible. I am certain that our hands offer another way of reading.

 The traveller's Blanket on-lien class starts on the 8th of August and includes extensive pdf notes delivered fortnightly for a period of 8 weeks, a little video and  four  question and answer zoom sessions for your questions and getting to know each other a little. I also set up a private Facebook group for sharing prgress and for discussion.

Meanwhile keep  well!

Saturday, June 26, 2021

More Lockdown

 Since I last wrote I have been in a very grand funk a lot to do with the fact that Victoria was again in a hard lockdown and it is a very cold winter. Whilst I am regional and am not as hard locked down as Melburnians the simple fact of the matter is that all of my family is in the Melbourne zone so it feels like I am locked down in the same way. I did manage to get my first Covid vaccine shot in the time but have been struggling to get one for my mother who is a category 1 as I need to drive to her place an hour and a half away to take her as she can no longer drive and the availability of appointments was limited . All I can say is that her medical clinic where she has attended for many years and which is the only one around where she lives is not well organised.

I was supposed to be teaching at Fibres West next week but due to the Victorian lockdown and the closure of the border by West Australia they had to cancel me to give them a bit of time to make other arrangements for students who were in my fully booked class. I understand the necessity of course, but I miss out on the camaraderie with like minded people  and also a big loss of income for me and as a lot of my income has been Covid affected I am struggling. I doubt I will ever see a reimbursement of my airfare I paid to Aeroflot last year for what was to be my first trip to exhibit in Russia. So if you feel inclined to support an artist please visit my shop page and see if there is anything you would like to buy or you could also commission me to make work. I will be running another on-line Traveller's Blanket class starting on the 8th of August (which is a Sunday).

And then Gaelle Beech from The Anjelms Project in Perth has very kindly offered for me to exhibit some work in their Community studio in Fremantle and I will also send over some printed fabric for her to sell on my behalf plus I will be developing a few things to introduce you to my work and we may even develop a short workshop to follow via zoom- I am trying to nut it out at present exploring how to use the scrap packs and Khadi from The Stitching Project ( and they have just had delivery of another shipment of khadi for khadi enthusiasts) and that also complements the fabulous clothing that the Anjelms Project do in collaboration with the Stitching Project. I must admit to being a little enthused by the idea of tie-on pockets, inspired by The Pocket ( A Hidden History of Women's Lives) by Barbara Burman and Ariane Fennetaux. Beside it is a tie on pocket I made from a scrap pack of fabric from The Stitching Project.

But despite all the kindnesses and some exciting things I am finding it difficult to get enthused- I feel like I am dragging my self kicking and screaming to everything, especially since Fibres West got cancelled- it feels like creative block, it feels like complete adrenalin drain and it feels like I will never have another creative idea in a million years let alone the next 6 months, and I am really sick of my computer screen. I am tired of deleting the spam comments on my blog! I don't feel like writing and I don't feel like walking, both things I have to do and  which I force myself to do and my garden needs loads of work (that is another story- I can't operate my whipper snipper at present because I am having some rotator cuff issues- nothing major but the doctor thought it was probably not a good idea to get all macho with a whipper snipper). I have been trying to make my hands dig small amounts of dirt every day ( this often works to get me out of a funk) and if it all comes off I will have enough lettuce to supply all of Morwell, and as it is my lemon tree which is growing through a bucket but is now too big to take out of said bucket ( and has been too big for quite some time) is producing  bucket loads of lemons. I would put them out to share but the hooning seems to have escalated to new levels with this lockdown and I would rather not see them used as projectile objects.

I do know I have to keep doing work as work often ignites other things and I am trying- who knows maybe tomorrow I will feel more enthused. I did manage to finish my Traveller's Blanket on madder dyed khadi cloth- One World which ended up with 87 worlds. When I started this project late 2018 I had no plan no idea how big it would end up and about half way through the temptation to make it much smaller was very strong but I decided to stick to my guns to make it begger. The background stitching seemed to take forever, even though I worked on this piece steadily. it measures  1 metre by 140 cms (in the past I have made traveller's Blankets this big and I swear they did not take as long as this one) Anyway it is done!Not sure what hand stitching I will start next.

So If you would like to make your own Traveller's Blanket, there is plenty of time to enroll. I will be starting the next class on 8 August 2021. I deliver pdf lessons over an 8 week period ( one per fortnight) and i set up a private Facebook group for discussion and question and answer. I also do a fortnightly zoom session for Question and answer. There is some video content but it is a slow process and I use simple stitches to create the effects that I do. The cost of the class is $75.00 AUS

Wednesday, May 26, 2021

Tifaifai- A New Book

 The working title at present, but I am just in the process of signing a contract with Editions de Saxe to create a book about all the new Tifaifa's I created for the new on-line course which I first ran earlier this year. Of course this means it will be published in french like most of my books. This will be my sixth book and one of these days I intend to write fiction which was my dream as a young woman. I decided to add one more project to the book which of course now has to be made yesterday rather than tomorrow and I am totally bereft of any ideas and it is too cold and wet to dye fabric today which is usually something that triggers creativity.

My morning walks have dwindled a bit as well, thoough I have recommenced as it is both good for body and soul. The little bushland reserve where I walk has a dazzling variety of fungi springing up out of the undergrowth and I am besotted by fungi and have been since childhood, I could spend hours there but it is a bit chilly at the moment , and a cold climate is not one of my favourite things.

I wish I knew more about fungi, and I am sure I have spotted some edible mushrooms- but I am not 100% sure so better to leave it. But they are really otherworldly with their delicate pleats on their undersides.

I have also become the Gallery Co-ordinator at ARC Yinnar- a pretty township about 10 minutes from Morwell where they have converted an old butter factory into an artists co-op with studios and  a dedicated large gallery space, a small gallery and retail space for members to sell their creations. The co-op encompasses a wide range of artistic practices including ceramics, printmaking, scultpure, painting and drawing, some textiles, and music. It is only a part time position- very part time- but I am excited to be involved in this long standing co-op. My first exhibition to oversee is an Open Call for Entry with the Theme Close to Home. Anyone can enter an art piece- the entry fee is $12.50 for a non member or $10 for a member. The deadline is 12 June. Email me if you would like an entry form. The exhibition runs for a month and of course your work can be for sale. The gallery opens on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

The main gallery is booked out for the rest of the year but I do have the thinking cap on for a dedicated group textile event for 2022.

I will be having an exhibition in the small gallery in October this year- it is a cosy space not without possibilities and I will be making work inspired by my morning walks and also creating a chap book ( I hope)- I have been playing with ideas for this, but for now I have to concentrate on the tifaifai book.

In thinking about creating a chap book I did a workshop with Amy Bodossian last weekend as part of the Latrobe Literary Festival. There were only four of us in the workshop- lucky us- it was so much fun. I highly recommend her workshop ( she is doing a workshop in Melbourne- Brunswick running  from June 10 on Thursday evenings there is a link on her website). I also came out with quite a lot of writing given it was a one day workshop and what a delight she is when delivering her own work. Lots of food for thought , it was the first time I had ever done a poetry workshop, and some new poets to explore to boot.

On Sunday we did a water colour workshop out at ARC Yinnar as part of the family health exhibition that is on there at present, with PolyannaR. We had a lot of fun with that as well, lots of laughter and a few water colour images made. Polyanna's background is large scale black and white photographs and she has made one of the longest photographs around. Polyanna is also opening a small gallery in Morwell in Commercial Road and the opening will be in June with an exhibition of her works.

Been doing lots of reading about walking and writing by all new writers to me but who seem to be touching on writing and ideas i have been engaged in for the longest time . The first book ,"Wanderers" by Kerri Andrews ( reviewed here ) which is about women walkers over the centuries who wrote about walking. It is fascinating reading and I am in awe of the miles that these women covered on a daily basis and one wonders what foot wear they had available to them and what shape their feet were in  after some of their longer walking tours. I am enjoying it immensely and must admit  I also obtained a book by Nan Sheperd "The Living Mountain" ( written about here) which i also enjoyed a lot and was awed by her ability to walk so much at altitude and to write about it in such a compelling way. She walked the Cairngorm Mountains in Scotland all her life.

And then completely by accident I stumbled across the work of  Kate Zambreno and I am completely absorbed. I am reading "Heroines"- loosely the lives of Vivienne Eliot, Zelda Fitzgerald, Jean Rhys, Virginia Woolf and other literary women who were considered minor (( except Virginia Woolf of course)  in comparison to their more famous husbands/lovers ,who discarded them either to mental asylums or poverty where they died at relatively young ages. Entwined in these stories is her own quest to write and to find her way into a writing career. She expresses what I have felt for so many years ( I adore the writing of Jean Rhys and have read all of her books) that the patriarchy continues to control  and did control the canon of writing in such a heavy booted way that it is almost criminal. I know in my uni years I felt that DH Lawrence was a mysoginist ( I read most of what he had to write and also biographies  etc) and tried to prove it in an essay I wrote in English lit- it was not well received and I went on to study Australian History instead. It also loosely ties into the women writers who walked- whose writing about walking was not received in the same way as the writing about walking by men- and their writing is so different. I can't wait to read "Drifts" her most recent book. In fact I am having to wrest myself away from reading to do some of my own writing...but but...I love a well written book.

Tuesday, May 04, 2021

Time seems to be Bent

 A few months ago, one day seemed to just morph into another day without much distinction between the days. But the last month or so has gone crazy busy- or to be exact a bit more like it used to be, it just seems crazy busy. End of March I taught up at Ulladulla at a Slow Stitch Retreat and then last weekend at Amitie in Torquay. It was really strange getting together all the things for a workshop again and I had to write myself a check list. I realise we are incredibly fortunate to be able to do this in Australia at the moment as we anxiously watch what is happening in the rest of the world . Last weekend I taught at Mildura, about an eight hour drive from where I live.

Of course when busyness happens your head also seems full of ideas- I have to write them down, otherwise I forget. I am planning a small exhibition for later in the year and am still mulling exactly what I will do- although I know i want it to be more than things to be hung on the wall. I am wondering if anyone would be interested in coming to Gippsland to do some workshops with me- for example  2-3 day classes? I can access/rent some space to teach at ARC Yinnar which is an artists co-operative which has been refurbished this last year and now also boasts heaters to ward of the winter chill. I would need four participants to make it viable- preferably six. The range of things I teach are on my blog under workshops- but I can put things together to suit you. We can combine linocutting and stitch- or work on a traveller's blanket project  or tifaifai, anything is possible!

I said I had other colours of the coffee pot prints and here is another. It is for sale for $25 inclusive of postage.

I have also been stitching pods and seem to have branched out into pomegranates. I  can see more of these happening ad because a lot of people requested it , I am working on a class to make pods and other  poddie kind of things.

I am surprised how the seed shapes pop so much with just simple stitching through one layer of cloth. I am in the process of creating an on-line class for creating these pods and am playing around with variations.

Last weekend I went to Mildura to teach at Lesley May's Patchwork. I taught linocutting, but unfortunately did not take photos of some fo the great efforts made as my phone was low on power. I am kicking myself I did not spend longer up there, but with a cat it is hard to get away for any length of time, as it was I had to get my daughter to housesit. Next time I go up to Mildura I will spend longer- I love river country- it reminds me a lot of my childhood on a farm near Jerilderie- though Mildura is a thriving lively city. I did make a few quick stops on the way home at lake Tyrrelll , Australia's largest inland salt lake and also to look at some of the silo art.

How weird and wonderful are these little succulents amongst the saltbush?

There is still time to enroll in the Traveller's Blanket on-line class starting on 14 May. Email me for the information sheet or simply enroll. It is a class that lasts eight weeks with fortnightly pdf lessons delivered and with zoom sessions for question and answer. I also create a private Facebook group for discussion. there have been soem wonderful traveller's blankets made in the past!