Monday, November 9, 2009

What a lovely week-end

Saturday began with a one on one class at a White Dragon Papercraft where my talented student made The most beautiful harleguin Handbag embellished with crystals. I wish I had taken a photo. It was elegant and spectacular all at the same time.

The afternoon saw us driving over the big hill to Burra to visit 'Tijara Iris Garden' the beautiful garden belonging to wonderful Len and Shirley Pain. This incredible garden is nestled under the brow of Warri Hill and has commanding views over the Burra Valley and over to the Tinderry Mountains. The 23 year old garden is a mixture of cottage garden perennials, annuals and over 700 varieties of tall bearded iris which frame the specacular view. There are also some beautiful speciman trees and shrubs. This garden relies almost totally on natural watering from rain. The steep paddocks are kept under control by heards of cheeky goats and apart from the abundant bird life singing away, the only other sounds are from the ducks and chooks. It is always a wonderful experience and I look forward to returning in August next year to collect my iris order.

Sunday we got up early to buy our weekly vegetables and fruit from Fyshwick Markets and have our morning coffee at Deli Planet. Then after a long session of weeding the drive area, I set off to St Paul's Angican Church Burra just down the road, for a discussion about Landscape Architecture, Heritage and Gardens. St Pauls is a tiny church which was built in 1868. Unfortunately, the lecturer must have lost his way but it was delightful to just sit under the huge elm and robinnia trees in the church yard and talk about the future of the church garden with Rev.James Wood and the other visitors. I then watched a demonstration on building a mud pizza oven - it looked like fun but I don't think I will be doing it any time soon. Back home to do some sewing.

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