We have been slowly making our way southwards over the last few days. And before we left New Plymouth Mt Egmont rewarded us with a glorious cloud free photo – and that doesn’t happen very often. Isn’t it a beautiful sight?
We traveled down to Stratford - named after the birthplace of William Shakespeare and many of the streets bear the name of the characters from his plays. Stratford's glockenspiel stands in the main street, Broadway, and is unique to New Zealand. Romeo and Juliet, emerge for the balcony scene, reaffirming their vows of love, four times a day. Well worth the time to stop and listen, if you are there at the right time.
Glockenspiel at Stratford
I called in to a “new to me” quilt shop, “In Stitches”, Stratford to make a few small purchases, as you do while travelling. The very friendly owner showed me a commission quilt she was making for a man who told her he wanted to sleep under the mountain. And what a great job she is doing. The mountain has been appliqued and is surrounded with an assortment of New Zealand prints.
Commission quilt featuring Mt Egmont
Inside the quilt shop
Lots of yummy cheese
Remember my candlewick quilt which I collected from Linda at Razzle Dazzle Quilter recently? Well, the quilt has been traveling around with us too, of course. I have it wrapped up in a big bath towel to keep it clean, and it gets moved around the caravan. During the day it is placed on our bed, out of the way, and at night it gets moved down to the seating area when we go to bed. It’s rather like a very big swaddled baby – although Robin tells me it’s like moving a dead body around!
When we return home in a few days time the quilt will be taken into my sewing room to get the binding stitched on. Then I’ll take some more photos and show it off in all it’s glory.