I took the long drive up to Warwick yesterday to visit quilting friends who were staying at Glenrose House. It is in a lovely country location and they offer accommodation for quilting retreats and it has a great shop there as well. But I do have to drive there and back, 3 1/2 hours in each direction to get to and from the place. Seven hours of driving is a lot.
The drive took me through lots of traffic for over 1 1/2 hours, then I got out into the country side, along with a few big trucks, and then after a few glimpses, the border ranges suddenly come into view.
We have been bush walking up here and it always takes my breath away.
On this day I only had to deal with a few trucks on other days I haven't been so lucky. This road gives access to the New England Highway that runs all the way down to NSW and the big rigs are a constant hazzard.
Warwick is known for it's roses,
and the jumpers and jazz winter festival.
This was shopping and lunch day in town for my friends so it was back into the cars and into town. Country towns are always a bit different. In the fabric shop, which sells patchwork, dress and curtain fabrics, along with lots of other things I saw a sample for a Chicken Scratch Embroidery class. You can't buy that heavier weight gingham any more here that you can get in Europe so it was stitched on a light weight poly cotton. Not quite the same but the pattern was nice, they had even used the needle woven stars.
We had morning tea at Mamma Lucia's Patisserie where the cakes are to die for and they have all the national trophies they have won for baking on display.
Then more shopping and on to lunch at the garden centre. I did not buy one plant, I have to do something with the ones I have. But there were some beautiful flowers there.
I thought about this as a design for embroidery.
As to my own shopping, I was very restrained. Just 30cm (20") of each print for some more bags.
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