Monday, 28 November 2011

Braidwood Weekend

After planning for several months, the weekend finally arrived for a group of ten of our friends to visit the Braidwood Quilt Event.  I shared our previous visit in 2009 here.  I had also visited before that with one of my friends.

As you can imagine, we were rather disappointed when looking at the weather forecast last week.  However, we all decided to go anyway, it was a good excuse for a weekend away.

It was rather a slow trip down with driving conditions like this all the way to Goulburn.

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After Goulburn we started to see just a little bit of a milky looking blue patch of sky in the distance.  It had actually stopped raining by the time we reached Braidwood and we didn’t need the brolly at all.  What a relief for the organisers.  However, it was too late to hang quilts from the balconies, which is usually a main feature of the day.  The market stalls moved out of the park and down the main street.  Numbers of visitors, unfortunately, were way down on our previous visits.

Was it worth the visit?  You bet!! There was still lots to see.  I think my favourite exhibition was “For the Love of Wool” by a lady named Caroline Ogilvie. Just lovely work.

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There were just a few quilts hanging outside.  Notice the colour of the sky now.

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The museum hosted an exhibition of art quilt Waggas inspired by the make do nature of the originals.  They were all made by a man.

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There was a display of Asian Textiles in the beautiful Courthouse.

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Just look at that sky!

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A few more quilts made it outside.

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The Anglican Church is a lovely backdrop for more quilts.

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Isn’t this quilt gorgeous.

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Next door in the Masonic Lodge there were more quilts.

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There was even an exhibition of wedding dresses owned by a local lady at the Services Club.

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After so many things to take in we all gathered at the pub for a well earned relax in the beer garden. There were a couple of these little fellows buzzing around. Does anyone know what it is?  It was like an oversized, iridescent  mozzie. 

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We finished off the day with a beautiful meal at one of the restaurants.  I can’t believe that I forgot to take a photo of us all together.

While we were in Braidwood we heard that there was also a Quilt Show on in Bungendore on the weekend, so made a detour over there on the way home.  We haven’t been to Bungendore in years and years, so it was a great excuse to have a look around.

The weather was so much more pleasant on the way home than yesterday morning.

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Yes, I did take some photos of the main quilt exhibition in Braidwood and the one in Bungendore, but I’ll share them in a separate post.


Ali Honey said...

Great post! I enjoyed that outing and the quilts and wedding dresses. How far did you travel?
The old buildings are lovely too.

Melody said...

Thank you so much for sharing your trip with us.

Fiona said...

thanks for sharing these.. I love looking at quilts and sharing roadtrips!

Chookyblue...... said...

lucky you..........sounds and looks like a great day out...........shame the weather put a bit of a dampener on the day for the organisers and others attending.........

Anita said...

oh what a bummer about the weather!! AT least you still got to see some quilts, they are both lovely little towns.