Thursday, April 24, 2014


I've been out and about lately.
We bought a new car -  a Subaru XV, a bright green one. I had photos but I don't seem to be able to find them. Ah well another photo shoot for Bubaloo ( a play on its number plate).
We just had to get some kilometers up before her first check up. LOL

 DH and I went to Murwillumbah  to the Tweed Regional Gallery. This is a first class gallery with a wide selection of paintings, sculptures and other installations. Some of the finalists' works from the 2013 NSW HSC Art Studies course were also there. These are only 18 year old students. Their works are incredible. This link might get you to some of their work.
The main reason for the trip was to see the  new Margaret Olley Art Centre. The gallery was the main beneficiary of Margaret Olley's will. As well as being able to extend the gallery, they have also been able to have an artist-in-residence studio, a  new research library and a multi-media drawing activity. They have recreated part of Margaret Olley's home, particularly the Yellow Room and the Hat Factory (where she lived and painted). The main part of her home was rented out. Everything was bought up from Sydney, except the dust. The curator said they did dust. While we were there, I overheard some elderly ladies who had been in the actual house; they were very impressed with the overall effect. Of course, there were numerous still life  paintings of hers on display.

Mum, Dad and I went for one of our day trip - to the Maleny Botanic Gardens. This is actually a private garden, despite the name. It's huge and a delightful day out if you like gardens. Just a couple of notes. The driveway is VERY steep. The gardens flow down the side of a mountain. There are only 2 toilets and they at the top of walks. So don't get to the bottom and want to go, especially if your mother is 80. The views are stunning. Take a picnic; you are encouraged to stay. The devonshire tea was the best one I've had for a long time.

We went to Hervey Bay for Easter, but I'll save that for next time.

Take care,
Cheryl (aka Kayly)


Noela said...

Looks like you have been having fun touring around. Hope you are getting some Gossip in the Garden done. LOL. hugs.......

Susan said...

Sounds like a lovely lot of touring around.

Janice said...

A couple of wonderful days out. how can anyone ever say they are bored when there is so much to see and do around the place? Are you enjoying the new car?

Grethe said...

Hope you will have many lovely trips in your new car :-) Love the two bags you have made, nice presents! Must look for the book one day, looks interesting to make that almost hidden zipper. Happy sewing , Cheryl .

Jenny said...

Sounds like a great day. I love galleries but can never get Mr Bird to go with me.