Where to begin….. what a big two weeks it has been since my last post…. I am so sorry about the minor posting lapse….
thought you wouldn’t mind too much…. this post will make up for it I hope… xxx Grab yourself a cup of tea… it’s a long post today….
Two weeks ago I hit the road from Brisbane to drive down to Melbourne to host my ‘Vignette Workshops’ with Megan Morton’s ‘The School’... I also had a little capsule ‘Travelling Wares’ market pop up at the workshops…
I headed out to Toowoomba, through to Goondiwindi, down over the border on to The Newell Highway, through Moree, Narrabri, then out to Gunnedah for my first evening stop.
I came across this very sweet cottage on sunset at Gunnedah …. the matching candy striped chairs made my heart sing…. I imagined a sweet old couple who come out at dusk, sit down on the chairs and listen to the radio together
or and watch the cars and life drive through their town… Slim Dusty
The next day was much of the same; out to Coonobarabran, down to Gilgandra, Dubbo, Parkes, Forbes, Narrandera, Jerilderie, Finely and Tocumwal…
I just loved how much the landscape changed…. Cotton country, cattle country and dairy country… so inspiring to see the changing colour palette of all these different regions…
One very classy Motel I called home for a night in Tocumwal…. even the 1970′s shag pile carpet was original in the room… eewww…..
The landscape just covered me with the goosebumps….. the beauty was electric….
Then I finally arrived in Melbourne Town… and was greeted by a beautiful array of autumnal colours…..
I arrived at my girlfriend Amy’s house which was such a comfort…. after being on the road for three days it was so welcoming to share a beautiful home cooked meal with her and her gorgeous little family of boys….
Amy’s rooftop at dawn….
I then made my way over to Small Giants in St Kilda which hosted The School’s Melbourne Roadshow by Megan Morton…. a stunning sprawling mansion in St Kilda, one of the last remaining, with grand proportions and extravagant art deco finishes….
An exquisite chandelier…..
Preparing the room for the evening ‘Vignette Workshops’…. it was so wonderful to meet so many people… thank you so much to all who came to the classes….. I had the best time and I hope you did too xxx
Foraged branches and flowers all made their way into the Small Giants residence… courtesy of my wonderful new foraging friend ‘A Floral Frenzy’ Phil….
The heady fragrance from the flowers was captivating…. and the sheer beauty of foraged wild garden roses
as opposed to farmed roses was breathtaking…. seriously…. I now want to plant a rose garden in the backyard… and maybe sleep in a hammock amongst them all at night…
Branches and branches of foraged crab apple for the classes….
Part of our market pop up…..
Timothy O flew down for the workshops and on one morning we had a few hours spare, so we went for a little walk around Prahran where we were staying….. we came across Wootten….. this amazing guy named Jess who makes the most incredible crafted leather wares…. more coming on that later…. he needs a whole blog post dedicated just to him….
Timothy O and I then headed over to see Sue from Trove…. we share such a similar eye…. I just fell in love with her shop on High street Prahran…..
Early the next morning Timothy O and I hit The Camberwell Market….. founds lots of treasure for home….
Then before I knew it Timothy O had flown out and I was back on the road…. me and my ute, being so in awe of the beauty of Australia….
Loved this little cottages’ nook out the front……
Some amazing sale yards outside Gundagai with early morning fog…
Dawn on a foggy morning near Goulburn amongst the golden gumtrees….
So, that was Melbourne….. the next School Roadshow with myself and Megan Morton is in July, I have just released another day after the first and second days have sold out. If you would like to come along click here.…. then The School’s Roadshow goes to Tasmania….x
Normal ‘Weekend in Pictures’ coming tomorrow;
Sounds weird, though I really missed you guys! Glad to be home and back to blogging.