Tuesday, 14 October 2008

Glen Harrow Stitch-In

What a lovely weekend I have had at the Glen Harrow Spring Stitch-In. My dear friends and I flew to Melbourne on Friday morning. Hiring a car for the weekend we ventured into the inner city of Melbourne for the day. Bronny navigated and Gina drove - what a wonderful job they did between them. We wandered a little and then caught the inner city tram and did the loop around the city. What a beautiful place to visit, I hope I can go back soon and explore some more.

In the afternoon we drove out to the Dandenong Ranges to Glen Harrow. What a beautiful place it is. Something to look at and admire on every turn.

The vegetable/herb patch with the delightful dovecote was beautiful.

On Saturday morning we woke to the most lovely day and I was excited at the anticipation of our day to come - Stitching with Rosie and Leanne. Beautiful breakfast ingredients had been provided in our room. Oranges to squeeze, bacon, eggs, lovely coffee, sourdough bread. What a wonderful breakfast.

We slowly wandered over to the room where our day of stitching was to be held. Stopping along the way to admire unusual plants and flowers, taking pictures at every twist and turn.

So much thought and preparation had been put into our day. I felt so spoilt by the attention to detail by these two clever girls. It was almost surreal being there and seeing the samples of the patterns that we all love creating.

In each place a lovely little bag holding our two projects and patterns for the day. A sweet little bedside project from Leanne, a doiley, a stitchery to frame and a cover for a journal.

From Rosie a delightful little needlecase with a sweet stitchery on the front.

The food set before us all day was just wonderful. All manner of cakes, sweets, fruit and cheese for morning and afternoon tea and the most beautiful luncheon of cold meats, small quiche and the most devine salds were served.

We stitched and ate and stitched in the garden some more until late in the afternoon.

My dear friend Bronny and I stayed in the Gardeners Cottage. Even when arriving the dark and making my way through the gorgeous gate with the wisteria tumbling over it I sensed the attention to detail in this lovely place and was certainly not disappointed on arriving in the cottage.

The mountain air was cool and the fire was lit for our arrival. The cottage was decked out in the most wonderful antiques and old treasures. I was in heaven! The bedroom was in the attic and was just beautiful. Wonderful white embroidered sheets and pillowcases - fit for a princess - I certainly felt like one.

Morning certainly did not disappoint when peeking through the curtains for the first time - everything just as I thought it would be. Beautiful.

I so enjoyed wandering in the gardens - the gates were just beautiful - paths leading here and there - blossom trees in full bloom - roses with big fat buds - chickens, peacocks and peahens wandering and trees that would have stories of the last 100 years or more to tell.

Birdhouses, beautiful old fences, dovecotes, gates and places to sit at every turn. I am truly blessed to have been able to go for the weekend and have such a lovely time.

On Sunday we wandered through the mountains to such lovely little towns. We had the most delicious lunch at Miss Marples Tearoom. What a sweet little place, with wonderful food and a great atmosphere. Then it was time to find our way back to the airport.

Thank you to my friends for sharing such an adventure with me and to Barb for having a dream to share and making it happen.

I had a little stitching time last night and am so looking forward to finishing my projects.

It certainly was a most wonderful time at Glen Harrow.


Janellybelly said...

Hi Leisa
I am so glad you had such a wonderful time on your stitching adventure. Miss Marples is my FAVOURITE place to visit in Melbourne :)
Janelle xx

Sal said...

What a fab time..and gorgeous photos!!I drooled all the way through looking at them ;-)

On my Verandah.. said...

Leisa what a Gorgeous Post you have done on Glen Harrow...Love the way you have done your photos they are wonderful....Glen Harrow looks just Beautiful & to stitch in such a Lovely Place would have been just Bliss!! Glad you had a Good Time.

Maryjane - The Beehive Cottage said...

Hello Sweet Leisa!

So good to see you visiting my blog! Your flowers and gardens are as beautiful as ever! Such a lovely post and glad you had a grand time. Now have a wonderful week!


Renee said...

What a fantastic post :) Don't you love Miss Marples? It is a sweet little place for afternoon tea. Thanks for sharing all those photos!

Angela Louise said...

Wow Leisa....what a wonderful place! I wish that I could have been there with you to see all the beautiful things. I bet that you have come home very inspired indeed. But where to start.....the garden, stitching, decorating....oh well, have a go at everything!!!
Thankyou for the lovely comment you left me the other day. I have been in the garden this morning and I think everything has grown AGAIN. What a differece a drop of rain makes in Spring.
Almost forgot to tell you what a pretty job you have done with your photos. A feast for the eyes!
Happy stitching, Angela.

nicky said...

Sounds like you had a great weekend! I live up near Glenharrow and sometime I forget how lucky I am to live in such a pretty part of the world!
Glad you could make it down here!

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