In the words of Natalie Bochenski from Brisbanetimes.com.au "Seeing Smoke on the Water played live is one of those bucket list moments; that riff is so ingrained in our collective music consciousness, I can’t even imagine a world before it existed. It’s like the chords were always in the wind; Deep Purple just wrote them down". So what next for the holiday?
Today it's back to Ballarat where we've based ourselves over the past week, before we move on tomorrow to travel the Great Ocean Road. I've fallen in love with Ballarat and the area around here - stately old buildings, wonderful rolling hills, trees and vegetation so incredibly beautiful large and profuse! Fortunately, because I'm told it's not always like this, the weather has been very co-operative for a Queensland such as I and mostly has been quite warm! The Art Gallery is amazing and I've visited a few times now - currently on display is Next Gen 2013 - the annual review of VCE artworks and I can only say I just can't believe the talent in this area and the support they are given through this. If you happen to be visiting this area before 24 March it is well worth a visit.
|Entrance to Ballarat Botancial Gardens|
Since attending a couple of classes with Margaret McDonald at AQC a few years ago, I've kept an eye out for any mention of her work. I couldn't believe it when I visited Threadbear and she had two lovely quilts on display (where she teaches).
Sadly, I must return to the real world (which enables me to take holidays) sometime and can't do the classes!
Another huge highlight of my trip to date was being able to see the Golden Textures Art Quilt Exhibition at Maryborough. Sadly I wasn't allowed to take photos. It included works from Margaret McDonald, Brenda Gael Smith, Alison Schwabe, Diane Firth, Susan Mathews and more! Their work is truly inspiring, so again if you have a chance be sure to get to see it. Not to mention it's a delightful drive passing through Creswick & Clunes to get there. Incidentally there's a to die for lolly shop at Clunes (to help pass the time travelling).
Enough for now, I've got some exploring to do, I'll post in a few days. Hope everyone's doing well at home. Bev