lovely melbourne

i've been in australia a few days now
staying with anne and tony
and sleeping in an eyrie
that has a hideaway 
porch, too.
 i love this little place
 a morning visitor
has not interefered
with me catching up: 
i'm no longer jet lagged (quickest adjustment yet.)
 beautiful old brick abounds
at their home
 and i like this little baby...
 their home has the perfect floor space
for rolling out
bolts of cloth
 for students at my grampians texture
master class
(master means lots more work,
right guys?)
anne shows the way the bolt's cocoon works.
 having a friend who is a kick-ass cook
means that she also knows the best places to eat!
(our neighbor took a selfie with her plate after being served)
 this salad was the world
and the chai was the best i've tasted.
these people understand food.
we've been very busy 
prepping pulp and materials.
i have not one photo
of making pulp at barb's house
from which we returned
happily exhausted
after having started a small pulp fire
that fortunately damaged only her outdoor cooker
not the neighborhood.
driving home the truth
that it's hard to concentrate when you have so much
wonder to share
with dear friends.


what a trip.
need i say that there was a glitch
in ottawa/toronto?
then an almost miss in LA,
after being the last one on the plane,
and 15 hours 50 minutes
and australia was here.
quantas didn't give me a snack all night,
but i'm not about to faint away!
trace willan's exhibition
and her friendship and naomi stevenson's 
a very very strong piece
 we did some errands in melbourne
ate tapas
 at naked for satan
 and still the luggage travelled.
to sydney
to melbourne
and finally to felicity's
where i was nurtured by a famous parsonage
 and some notes
 in the most friendly boy's room ever.
 the trip to the grampians was hot. 
we had weather in the 90's.
 three plus hours in a car
with the lovely anne newton
 arrival at #32
my home for 6 nights.
 first there was a 2 day class
sharing of skills...
 returnees and newbies and new skills, too
 mixing it up
 a ring of shifu
 words and mitsumata and walnut
 stitching on inked pages
there were 15 students in each class.
did i say it was hot?
 new learning.
 shifu appears.
 first viewing of the classes works.
a hot hot HOT wind blew mightily.
eventually rain came after more teasing of heat.
a dad and his five kids 
traveled through each morning.
 my cabin kitchen where
i made much tea.
 then the four day class came along
and anne, well anne drove me everywhere.
thank you so much my friend.
see her wee leather weights?
(and more to come...)