We had a lovely day with the Lismore Craft and Quilters meeting at Goonellabah. They put on a morning tea with enough scones to feed an army! There were lots of stories afterwards, which I love. For example, Jan always washes her new fabric before putting it away. Her husband calls the colourful bits on the line her “flags”.
From Lismore, we spent a night in Tamworth (the country music capital of Australia) and Gosford, where John caught up with a work mate he hadn’t seen in 20 years (hi David and Pat!). Then on to the Sydney area to stay with Kay and Ron.
Kay was a member of the Darwin Patchworkers and Quilters when I lived there in 1999-2000. She’s a Canadian originally, and a retired nurse. The next time I saw her was at the Victoria Quilters Guild in BC, my home quilt guild. She was living in Sidney (BC) to take care of her mother. And now they’re back in the other Sydney (Australia).
They are in Sydney helping their son and daughter-in-law with their ice making business. It is amazing: they make ice sculptures for weddings and receptions. Ron brought one home for us that evening – a beautiful swan that he made himself. It melted during the evening.
Being Canadians, they knew it was Thanksgiving time for us. We NEVER get Thanksgiving dinners, it seems, since we’re almost always on tour at this time of year, and never seem to be in Canada during Canadian Thanksgiving, nor in the USA during theirs. So it was wonderful to eat turkey and cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie, even if it is the wrong time of year here. Thanksgiving is a harvest festival, and it’s spring in Australia. Thanks, Kay and Ron!