Monday, 16 February 2015

Secret Southwest Garden

I used to live in southwest Western Australia and i miss the people, the forests, the flowers and the amazing diversity of wildlife. Where tall karri trees reach far into the sky and people travel from far and wide to see the wildflowers in bloom each spring.

The Hurricane and i recently visited our good friends Adrian and Julia who still live in Smithbrook, not far from Manjimup in the southwest. The forests were crackling, cicadas so loud, average daily maximum temperatures above 35degC and the depths of a long dry summer were not nearly close to ending. 

A highlight of our visit was the most amazing summer storm. The smell of rain falling on the dry summer earth is one of my favourite smells. The storm was electrical and the thunder boomed on and off for hours. Despite receiving rain, the large number of lightning strikes started a plethora of fires in the dry forests and are still creating havoc and keeping locals and firefighters on their toes.

Adrian and Julia's property in Smithbrook is like an oasis this time of year with peaches, plums, avocado, lemons, grapefruit and potatoes all in season in abundance. Their house and the old school house on their property have a huge amount of character and i especially love the surrounding karri forests and the beautiful blue splendid fairy wrens that come visit each day.

My wonderful Mum, made Adrian and Julia the most beautiful quilt.

Mum said....'I've been collecting these beautiful and bright batik fat quarters at our annual quilt show in Sydney and when I saw the pattern "Secret Garden" by Wendy Whellum, in my AP&Q magazine, I knew I would have fun placing all my materials together.' 

'It's a cheerful quilt, made to brighten up any room and I hope it gets lots of use in their lovely home in southwest Australia'

So, Adrian and Julia, thank you so much for sharing your summer with us. We hope the fires will settle down and give you a break and that you'll soon be able to snuggle under and rest underneath your quilt.

Linking up with:
- Amanda Jean for Finish it Up Friday and
- Lorna for Lets Bee Social


  1. Beautiful quilt, just glows in the sunshine. Looks like a lovely trip too.

  2. Great to hear that you visited the West again :) I hope your friend's property is safe from those fires, they were massive. The quilt looks right at home there, I'm sure it will be very well loved.

  3. What a lovely quilt and gift. It sounds like you had a wonderful visit.

  4. Stunning photos and gorgeous quilt! Smiles from South Africa :)

  5. Your mum's quilt looks like a jewel in the sunshine! Glad to hear you had an enjoyable visit with your friends. Such lovely pics!

  6. Beautiful pictures and sounds like a great trip. Your mum's quilt is so lovely - those fabrics really shine.

  7. Gorgeous quilt! The batik's are stunning together!

  8. Absolutely stunning use of batiks. It's amazing how choosing the right fabrics can really make such an amazing piece of art - beautiful!

  9. You used to be a sandgroper like me??


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