What could be more exciting than an overseas holiday across the ditch! We are just about to set out for an (almost) month long trip around Australia, all centred around a trip on the legendary Ghan Railway. We start off in Adelaide, where we have several day trips planned to check out the area. Board the train and travel up to Alice Springs, where we disembark for a week’s exploring – can’t wait to see Uluru. Re-board again, and travel up to Darwin – lots to see and do there, too. Then finally we fly to Brisbane for our last week. I have a long lost brother living there, so it will be great to catch up with him again.
So I have been busy making blocks from Australian fabric to take away, together with my trusty Pigma pen. These will be a form of “fabric diary” and I intend to write down where we stay, things we do, and attractions visited in the white rectangles. Then I’ll sew it all together when we get home.
Blocks made with Australian fabric.
Rather like the idea behind these rail fence blocks I stitched to take away a few years ago when we travelled around the South Island on our three month caravan holiday. Prints used included Maori designs, water, paua shells, kiwis, pohutakawa flowers, in fact all sorts of New Zealand icons.
Tablecloth made with NZ fabrics to record our South Island Odyssey trip
Our Aussie trip was booked and paid for well before I received my upsetting breast cancer diagnosis, and we wondered if we would be able to go when we had planned. But luckily the timings have worked out, I’m over the worst now, just recovering from my radiation, which is getting better every day. We are looking forward and determined to make the most of our Aussie adventure.
Are there any blog readers living in Adelaide, Alice Springs, Darwin or Brisbane? If so, please do get in touch. It would be lovely to meet with a fellow quilter as we travel around.