Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Out.












The day was mild. Warm even! No coat required. With a few hours to fill in before collecting the 10yo, who was out of town at a maths workshop, my mum (known here as 'Oma') and I went for a little drive to Ballan where we visited the nicest patchwork shop I've ever seen! Seriously, if you are passing through you simply must stop and visit, no question about it. I could've spent hours (and lots of $$) in there but I exercised restraint, as hard as this was. Oma purchased some fabrics for her next project - a patchwork runner.

Lunch was just two steps next door in a renovated cottage that warmed our toes even though they hardly needed it. Tasty open sandwiches, excellent tea, and a comfortable atmosphere..with gardens too!

A beautiful day out with a beautiful person. xx

20 comments:

  1. Love love love red doors..... especially with a quirky red bonnet on top!! What a lovely way to spend a day with your mum - and I'm thinking you were very well behaved not to buy some delicious new fabric!?

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    1. There is something about red doors, isn't there Evi! Yes, too well behaved..kicking myself right about now. ;)

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  2. Thanks for sharing your lovely day with us, Chris! Gorgeous photos, particularly that last one of the maple in autumn colours! xx

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  3. Mill Rose is simply lovely and the food (not mention the home made cakes) are so scrumptious! Yummy.

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    1. Thanks Celia - the colours lately have been spectacular!

      Ohh, you've been Liz? Wonderful.. I could easily go again.. ;)

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  4. Looks like a lovely shop. I've been driving my Mum and Aunt who are visiting, from patchwork shop to patchwork shop for the last week or so. It's been fun.

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  5. We have a quilting shop around the corner from our home and quilting is one of those hobbies I really hope to take up when my children are no longer homeschooled and my time is my own...only a short 9 years away...lol.

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    1. You're a good woman, Chez. I don't think I'd be complaining either..there are worse things to be doing than visiting one lovely shop after another!

      Yes, I hear you Wendy. There IS a light at the end of the tunnel.. there has to be, right? ;)

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  6. Now I'm not a shopper, or even a good browser, but those 2 places tick the boxes for me. It's a dream of mine to make a patchwork quilt one day. Nice photos.

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    1. I'm with you, Sherri!

      A great dream to have, Busy Mum - do make it happen!

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  7. Gosh that looks like a lovely place and how nice to have a day with your mom!

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  8. Ohh I am not sure I could have held myself back. What a lovely day out.

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    1. It was just lovely, africanaussie. :

      It was preeetty hard, Fiona!

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  9. Oh lovely pics! send me the quilt with the leaves on it, it is stunning!

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  10. What a gorgeous place to visit!

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    1. Ha, I'll place the request, Racheal. ;)

      It was such a treat to have a day 'out', Linda. :)

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  11. Those photos Christine!! And such inviting places. The magic colours of the quilting material is enough to draw you in.

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  12. My first reaction was Wow - what wonderful photos - you have really captured the atmosphere of a wonderful day - well done. And the quilts and artworks are fantastic - how far is Ballen from Brisbane??
    - Kara

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  13. Thankyou serendipity - it was visual heaven this shop!

    Errr....quite a drive, Kara? Ballan is about an hours drive west of Melbourne. ;)

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Hi there, so nice of you to stop by! Thanks for sharing your thoughts, I love hearing what you are up to. Christine x

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