It is in the outback where it is hot and dry. I’ve been there once before. We went to follow the dinosaur trail when the kids were little. The area is rich with fossils. When I was there last time we saw emus running along beside the road.
These are the lorikeets who make daily – and all day long – visits to our yard at this time of year.
They feast greedily on the nectar in the blossoms of the Euodia and River Cherry trees that are native to this area of Australia. These trees also attract big, beautiful, bright blue butterflies and, at night…, they’re full of bats.
These birds are cheeky and noisy, they screech to each other from the front yard to the back yard. They generally ignore us and continue feasting and screeching if we are in the yard.
I took a little video footage, but my ipod has no zoom, so you might have to watch it twice to actually see the bird amongst the glossy green leaves. I was standing right outside my front door when I took this video. In fact, right at the end you can hear my Pete open the door behind me.
Now you can see why they are so noisy, even from inside the house!
First of all, let’s set the scene. Let me take you on a tour of the room once it was set up and before guests arrived:
(the forgotten quilt is called Hurry, Santa.)
There were lots of people who came to see my quilts. People I knew, who came to offer their support, and people I had never met, who came just to see my quilts.
They all snacked on delicious food:
(with better skills I would have edited the two videos together…)
I chatted to people, I spoke to the lovely Flo who surprised me with a call all the way from the UK and I made a speech which was funny and charming. I did not, however, remember to give Pip the camera during my speech, so you’ll have to just take my word for the funny and charming bit.
Thank you to Kirsty for allowing me the opportunity to exhibit at Pompom Rouge. Thank you to Ashy and Pip who cooked and baked for days to prepare a delicious peppermint treat table. Thank you to my mother who did some stunt quilting for me in the last few weeks when it became obvious that I would not manage to get everything out of my head and into reality in time.
Thank you to all of you for your ongoing support and encouragement.
After the exhibition I was exhausted. Four weeks of frantic preparations and one night of nervous energy caught up with me all at once.