Tuesday, June 08, 2010

Congratulation to Penny!

I just found out that Penny (who sent Liam one of her beautiful quilts!) was a winner in Quilting Gallery's weekly quilt contest. head over to her blog and have a look at some of her creations, and also look at her family's website at Harmony Hopes - they are working hard to make the world a better place....

Friday, June 04, 2010

A fantastic sewing retreat....

After a break of a few months, I am finally getting around to publically raving about the last place
we stayed on our fabulous Tassie holiday .......
 The Old Cable Station in Stanley.
I decided this place was so beautiful for so many reasons that it deserved an entry all by itself.

This little gem is tucked away just outside of Stanley proper, a short distance from the Highfield homestead and is the site of the cable station that enabled a telecommunications link
between Tasmania and the mainland.
We were lucky enough to be placed in the self contained cottage containing the old telephone exchange....

Out the window of the photo below, there is a covered courtyard the holds a beautiful timber table,
large enough to seat 10-12 people. A gas heater and barbeques are also provided, so even on a cool day,
it would be possible to sit and sew or relax in comfort.
Upon arrival, we were provided with tantalising foods of the highest quality for breakfast the next morning.
Several smaller but really lovely rooms are located on the other side of the courtyard. I could imagine staying here with a few friends for a weekend (or even longer!) relaxing in the fresh air
and sewing to our hearts' content.
The cottage has several bedrooms, and at least 2 have their own ensuite, as well as
a self contained kitchen and lounge with a TV and DVD player.
We were given the main bedroom which had its own massive bathroom
complete with a luxurious spa.... it was heavenly...

The icing on the cake was dinner in the restaurant in the evening. Mic is a top class chef who created a memorable meal for the two of us. I had been hanging out for the
wood oven roasted Stanley 1/2 crayfish with baby potatoes and a fresh side salad......

while Steven enjoyed fresh salmon served with locally grown vegetables.

We finished off with a platter of Tasmainain cheeses and loccal produce.....MMMMMMMM!
You couldn't ask for better hosts than Mic and Charlotte - they are genuine people who are passionate about providing their guests with the best of everything. Would anyone be interested in going down there with me for a sewing retreat?