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Adelaide Adventures…Part 2…

After the awesome blue sky and sunshine day the Friday in Adelaide, the Monday was the absolute and complete opposite! After packing up and moving out of the Inspired Stitches accommodation, waving goodbye to Mrs K & Mrs G for their respective trips back to Melbourne, how to fill in the day before returning to Glenelg in the evening?  My plan was spending the day in the City, taking a better look around the CBD, visiting the Botanical Gardens, maybe the Pandas at the zoo, whatever else took my fancy but it was definitely not a wandering around outdoors in the city kind of morning.  I rejigged the tourist plans in my head to go to Hahndorf and as I had all day, include a sightseeing drive around the general Adelaide Hills area.  Climbing higher into the hills the grey skies gave way to being immersed in the clouds….mmmm, not exactly conducive to sightseeing…I reached Mt Lofty National Park but there was no point in visiting the park or going up to the Summit when visibility was about 10 feet, so I continued on to Hahndorf.  While visiting the Beerenberg Farm shop it started to rain…well it started to pelt down really…and that set the scene for the next few hours…not only did it rain while I was having lunch in a German cafe in Hahndorf  it also hailed…twice…I got back to find Larry cold and wet…and almost marooned! not to mention still with hail on his windscreen, it was so cold it just didn’t bother to melt away…

 

I took a drive along the Onkaparinga Valley Road passing lots of water flowing fast in water courses, even having to drive through small sections of localised flooding on the road a couple of times, making my way to Woodside where Melba’s Chocolate Factory and Woodside Cheese Wrights share the historic Woodside Farmers Union Factory site.   A yummy souvenier of each visit duly purchased and with plenty of day left, I continued wandering up the road, the twists and turns taking me through Lobethal and out to Gumeracha where The Toy Factory has all sorts of wooden toys, games and other items and the world’s biggest rocking horse.

 

Enough of driving around in the rain! I wound my way back down to Adelaide, skirting the City via North Adelaide. The rain had started to clear by now so I was able to check out some of the beautiful buildings along the terraces while making my way back to Hindmarsh for a second visit to Hettie’s Patch to buy the fabric I had finally made a colour decision on.  Of course now that the weather has cleared a bit I’m driving and can’t take photos, mph!

Meeting my cousin back in Glenelg we decided on Mexican for tea.  Yummo!  I didn’t take either the camera or my phone…stupidly as we had the most amazing magaritas, raspberry for me, coconut for cousin…and I discovered something…margaritas are yum!  Yes, yes, the rest of the world already knows this but I don’t drink as I usually have to drive.  The chances of me being out and not having to get behind the wheel afterwards are rare but we had walked around to the restaurant so a margarita and a yummy yummy plate of mexican food for my last night of the trip…all good!

The last night in Adelaide….boo hoo…the drive back to reality the next morning…

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Adelaide Adventures…Part 1…

So what did I get up to in Adelaide aside from attending the Main Event Inspired Stitches?  Well, on the Friday Adelaide put on the most awesome day weather wise…20 degrees (celcius), bright blue skies, sunshine…simply magic.  I set off from Glenelg to tick as many things off my list of “local to Adelaide bloggy pals” suggestions as I could in one day.  First stop a tour of the Haigh’s Factory…

YUM!…I LOVE Haigh’s chocolates…there is a shop in Melbourne in the Block Aracade and when I worked in the City I would pop in for a chocolate frog or a bag of chocolatey goodness.  Isn’t their vintage vehicle just fabulous…

Inside for the 20 minute free tour…a history lesson of the company and a look through the windows into the factory.  I found it interesting and they give out samples!!   The factory is still on the original site of the family home of this 3rd/4th generation family owned and operated company.  It was so busy in the shop that it wasn’t possible to get photos that didn’t look like a crowd scene and as it was hot in the car I didn’t buy any chocolate at that visit.  Yes, that means there was a second visit – darn shame 🙂  Tuesday on the way home I went back to pick up souvenirs…and timed it perfectly for photo taking…which lasted just long enough to get a couple of shots before the shop started to fill up with customers again…

An Aladdin’s Cave of Chocolate…

Tempting chocolatey treasures…

From Haigh’s I took myself out to Hindmarsh and Hettie’s Patch

and more treasures…the patchwork and quilting kind…greeted me as I opened the door…

and it continued on…two shops and what I assume was originally a residence made into one lovely big shop…I was told it was a quilty heaven and it sure is.

It was such a nice day and I was on the Port Road anyway so I figured what was to lose by continuing down to Semaphore Beach…perfect for lunch by the sea…Adelaide has lovely coastal areas…I walked up and down the shopping strip, checked out all the cafes and decided that as I was at the beach I had to have fish and chips…and I learnt how to speak South Australian while I was at it…potato cakes (potato scallops in NSW & QLD) in SA are potato fritters!!

I then found my way into the City (not exactly hard) and North Terrace.  The car park lead through a major department store out into Rundle Mall – how perfect!   I had a lovely time walking around the Mall looking in the various shops and making my way down to Beehive Corner…such a beautiful building (and the site of the original and still in existence Haigh’s shop).  It was pretty busy at that time on a Friday afternoon and I couldn’t get a clear photo so I gave up trying.  Then up North Terrace looking at the beautiful buildings along the way.  I had intended to return on Monday for a better look and a walk around the Botanical Gardens but the weather was so unpleasant that I had a change of plans.  Next time.

I had covered a lot of ground and quite a few kilometres and it was only 3:30pm!!! I couldn’t believe it…if I had tried to do the equivalent in one day in Melbourne it would be dark by now!!  Mrs K had anticipated her arrival at Westminster College at Marion for the accommodation key collection at 4:00-4;30 and I was getting a bit weary so I figured I’d just drive out to the school and met her.  Even with a bumper to bumper traffic jam that only took me 25 minutes.  I love Adelaide…easy to move around, the drivers don’t tailgate, they are courteous and wait their turn…while I was in said bumper to bumper traffic jam I had a good squiz at the shop windows on Unley Road without the need to find a car park *LOL*…

Friday night I went back out to Glenelg to meet my cousin and we caught the tram into the City to the Adelaide Central Market…my oh my oh my…awesome!…loved it…fruits, vegies, smallgoods, bread, cakes, fish, meats, cheeses, spices, you name it,  there was a whole stall devoted just to mushrooms and truffles some of which looked very exotic…stalls that specialised in one product…the most we bought was a coffee…

but it was fun to look around at all the possibilities.

The next two days were spent at Inspired Stitches stitching, chatting, eating, drinking cuppas, shopping and just generally having a wonderful time…

There was more sightseeing on Monday & Tuesday…back with those adventures next time…

Westward Ho…

Thursday I set off for Adelaide to attend a stitchy event, Inspired Stitches, this weekend.  It was perfect travelling weather, clear blue skies, high teen-twenty temperatures, a really lovely winter’s day.   After a billy boil break at St Arnaud I made it to Warracknabeal in time for lunch.  Jindi had to stay home this trip but I did manage to find a kelpie in Warracknabeal…

Job Done!

I had a lovely visit to the local patchwork shop and picked up a sandwich for lunch before moving on.  The next town along is Dimboola and Swans Bear set up for a cuppa…

There was a flood marker behind this picnic table showing the January flood level…this was all under water then…

Swans Bear checked out the water level now…what a difference!…

Back on the road and at Tintinara we found a couple of kelpies hard at work…Swans Bear thought they needed a hand…

After boiling the kettle for a final cuppa it was back on the road and into Adelaide…

A day of sightseeing scheduled for Friday before spending the weekend with needle and thread…

More Inspired Stitching…

Day 2 of Inspired Stitches.  Another great day of stitching with some of the people we played with yesterday and some new playmates.  The tables were re-allocated and we were sitting with different ladies today including the other Victorian!…so funny as she lives not that far from DF Ms K and MF Ms G!  It’s a small small world.  More lovely South Australians as well who were there only for today.

Both Natalies spent time at our table giving us the benefit of their knowledge which was great.

I started my Natalie Ross project, Strawberry Frenzy…

There is stitchery to be done around the applique but I set out to do the applique this morning and finished that so moved on to Natalie Lymer’s stitchery.  Do you see the beautiful green satin stitching?…

Done by the very designer her very own self…satin stitch is not my very favourite and it was fantastic to have it demonstrated and a couple of tips passed along to make the process just that little bit better.  Today’s effort (by me) has been the green stitching…not a huge amount of progress but at least I managed some.

But DF Ms G (no blog)…well the star of our little group…Ta Dah!…one finished stitchery…

She certainly set a cracking pace…I can assure you, I won’t be matching it *LOL*.

So that is Adelaide, we leave tomorrow morning to power on home.  But, we will be back…this was a fantastic event, impeccably organised with great tutors.  Huge Kudos to Sarah and her team for putting on such a wonderful Event.  And, along with the very first visit to Inspired Stitchers, I also experienced my very first earthquake!  Yes, Adelaide was so excited to have us along that it put on a 3.8 richter scale earthquake – a very strange experience indeed and loud!!!

Back to Victoria tomorrow and back to work Tuesday….darn that reality check!!

Happy sewing…

Inspired Stitching…

Day 1 of the Inspired Stitches retreat … so much fun….greeted at the door with a lovely welcome…a bright airy room…bags of goodies on our chairs with patterns and starter kits, extra patterns, fabric, lollies, and more all in a hessian carry bag…two lovely designers in Natalie Ross and Natalie Lymer…first order of the day, morning tea…relaxation mode right off the bat…and Then…the projects were revealed…

From Natalie Ross…

Strawberry Frenzy…a bucket bag, a snazzy pincushion arrangement for the sewing machine and a lanyard to keep essential sewing helpers close at hand.

From Natalie Lymer…

Just Darling…a larger bucket bag with accompanying needle book and gadet bags in three sizes.

Are we just spoilt, they are georgeous projects from two very lovely ladies…

And what did I accomplish other than my usual class bobbleheading…

A good start on the large stitchery for the Just Darling bucket bag…the threads included in the kit are Cosmo and they are Sooooo Nice to work with and georgeous colours, really clear and beautiful shades.

Now to prepare the strawberry applique for the Strawberry Frenzy bucket bag for Day 2 – well, got to have a go at both projects, can’t be showing favouritism – he he he.

Happy Sewing…