A visual antidote to Red and Blue

We just had to get away from it.

The news is full of it. My phone feed is full of it. I keep hearing soundbites everywhere. We needed a break from the relentless meltdown. (And while I’m at it, my utmost sympathy to my US readers for having to live with the hype as well as the consequences).

We headed out for a little diversion. After a brief detour to the beachfront at Seaforth, we headed for lunch at one of our favourite places: The Old Station Teahouse. We held one of the outings of the 2018 National Rally of our motorbike club there, and it received rave reviews from the 80 members who attended.

Tasty food, whilst relaxing on the ‘platform’ of a preserved old wooden station building set down in peaceful, beautiful, tropical gardens. Birdsong. The rustle and rattle of palm fronds.

The scent of murraya and gardenia. Vines, huge leaves, brilliant flowers. You get the idea… We brought Mouse along, as he loves the place, and the staff adore him and present him with scraps of chicken, mugs of puppacino studded with flakes of beef jerky, endless strokies, and best of all in his view, permission to lie on the comfy sofa!

He took full advantage, of course. Most of the customer seating is around tables in the gardens or on the event deck. There are a couple of tables on the platform, and one three-piece suite of two armchairs and a small sofa. We got the armchairs…. of course. Mouse was ushered onto the sofa in person by the manager, from where he issued his demands requests for sustenance and we were granted an audience with His Exaltedness.

At one point, it struck me how perfectly he was placed against gorgeous bright colours. I can almost see a quilt growing from those: saffron, orange, magenta, emerald and black. Or maybe not so much of the almost!

 

It’s certainly more to my taste than Red and Blue just now…

Heaven for Beginners #1: Quilting begun

I’ve made a start.

Line 1 of 6 is sandwiched and quilted, and I’m happy with the effect. Just the usual wiggly line, but I was extra vigilant with the spray basting, the blocks are nice and flat and pucker-free, and I like the fabric I have for the backing.

I’m happy with the block layout now – a few changes since the last time I showed it, but I prefer the balance and colour progression I have now. I’m still debating the border around the outside. I think it might need one to bring the size up a bit, but adding a border in QAYG has its own technical difficulties. I’ll see how it goes.

We went out for a drive with Mouse yesterday, and had tea and scones at the Old Station Teahouse near Cape Hillsborough. I think I’ve mentioned this place before; it’s an old wooden station building, set in the middle of gorgeous tropical gardens, and among other tasty delights, their home-made scones and raspberry preserves are magnificent.

Is that my puppacino coming…?

They welcome dogs in the garden seating area, and no sooner did Mouse arrive than he was being fussed and admired and petted. Eventually, we humans were able to place our order. Mouse was not, of course, allowed any scones, but he did get his car quilt to lie on, a puppacino was ordered for him (frothed lactose-free milk), and one of the ladies brought him some doggie treats they keep for their canine guests. No, not spoiled at all….

A reminder that we are about to begin F2F once again, for the 5th year running (see my previous post). If you’re thinking about joining in, do get in touch with a comment or email me directly if you received the email I sent out about it.

Time for some more cutting. I need purple backing squares…

Morning tea in Paradise

We treated ourselves to the morning off.

By which I mean, we zoomed through the chores and deliveries, and then jumped on Miss Scarlett for a spot of therapeutic roaring around the countryside in the sunshine and fresh air. Our mission today was not only to get out of the house and away from all the jobs screaming for our attention, but also to rediscover a fabulous place for morning tea which we’d found when on an outing with friends from the British Vintage Motorcycle Club.

And find it we did. The Old Station Teahouse is a converted old wooden railway station building which has been set down in lush tropical surroundings, complete with huge trees, creepers, birds, flowers and shady verandahs. The lovely Michele very kindly agreed to share with me the recipe for one of the nicest cakes I’d had for a long time: Chocolate, Date & Almond Torte: exceptional and gluten free. The Husband of Chiconia wolfed down home made scones with fresh raspberry conserve and cream, and we also wolfed down some really good iced coffee. Oh, it was dreadful, and our suffering was extreme…. It’s a fabulous place, and I particularly wanted to find it again so that we can take future visitors there.  So any friends out there reading this: get your skates on and pay us a visit. I promise you won’t be sorry….

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And you have this just down the road at Cape Hillsborough. Copyright http://www.queenslandforeveryone.com.

I’ll be experimenting with the recipe soon, and when I’m done, I’ll post it. I want to play around with the texture and quantities a little first…