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September 10, 2019
Sydney to Auckland from Romany Quilting

It was time to leave Australia, so off we went, pulling our wheelie cases behind us.  Robin has a new case with four wheels, and it certainly is much easier to manage than mine with two wheels.  My “I Love Quilting” tag was a gift several years ago from pen friend Elaine from Oregon.

Yes, I do love quilting!

Our trip through Security at Sydney Airport was a little stressful.  Both of us were directed to the body scanner, stand there and hold our arms up we were told.  Nope, that wasn’t right, and a female officer was called ...

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September 8, 2019
Several Days in Sydney from Romany Quilting

Hello Sydney, its great to be back.  Here we are back again,  fresh from our glorious time aboard the Indian Pacific train ride.  We arrived at big and bustling Central Station, and more importantly, our hotel is just across the road.  Oh look, they’re expecting us.  We were looking forward to a good nights sleep, the bed on the train shook and jiggled about as we bounced along the rail track.  Robin was pleased that he was not expected to climb the ladder any more.

Looking forward to a restful night’s sleep

So what have we been doing ...

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September 6, 2019
All Aboard the Indian Pacific from Romany Quilting

At last, the day had arrived, it was finally time to board the Indian Pacific train for our trip from Perth to Sydney.  Our 4352km journey would take 4 days and 3 nights, and would be pulled by a diesel loco, immediately behind was a carriage carrying several vehicles.  The train consisted of guest carriages, Platinum Club Car for the well-to-do, restaurant and lounge cars, crew quarters and power vans.

The adventure begins

Would you like a peep in our dinky little cabin?  It looks like this.  Comfy lounge seating during the day, which is turned into two bunks at ...

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August 30, 2019
Kangaroos, Koalas and a Wombat from Romany Quilting

You know you are in Australia when you can get up close and personal to these iconic animals.  We’ve spent a busy day on board a big blue Adams Coach, doing a full day trip.  First stop was to the Caversham Wildlife Park where the tour guide took us around to check out the animals.  The morning was a bit drizzly so we were pleased we had taken our rain jackets.  Some of the kangaroos had Joey's in the pouches so we could see legs or heads sticking out as Mum hopped around. 


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Kangaroos galore

Next stop was ...

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November 10, 2018
Our Aussie Adventures from Romany Quilting

The binding is now stitched down and I’ve added the label, so it’s finally finished, a quilt recording our Aussie Adventures.  Made with fabrics showing Australian flora and fauna,  these blocks, together with my Pigma pen,  came with me on our rail trips over three years.   We boarded the Ghan rail trip from Adelaide to Darwin in 2016, and returned in 2017 to ride the rails on two vintage rail car trips out from Cairns.  Then earlier this year, 2018, we returned to Australia to do the other great Aussie train ride, the Indian Pacific, which runs from ...

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October 31, 2018
Binding Time from Romany Quilting

It’s binding time – with two quilts collected from local quilter, Paula of Rabbits Patch Quilting.  One is a quilt I’m making for a friend’s grand-daughter and the other much smaller, my Aussie Adventure quilt.  I had every intention of quilting this smaller wall-hanging myself.  But my attempt at machine quilting was disastrous, puckers underneath which meant I had to spend some time with my quick-unpicker.  So in the end, I decided to bundle it up and take it to Paula to do as well as the other one – I had decided on edge to edge meander patterns ...

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September 7, 2018
It’s been a long slow week from Romany Quilting

It's been one of those weeks.  Robin has come down with some sort of lurgy, coughing, spluttering, aches and pains.  According to the Medical Centre when he went for his (unrelated) blood pressure check-up last week, it seems lots of patients who have recently returned from Australia have been presenting with the same symptoms.  Probably something picked up in the air flights, we all know that the circulating air picks up all sorts of bugs from travelers.  With a lot of TLC he is slowly coming right.  And then, wouldn’t you know it, the bugs jumped over to ...

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September 2, 2018
Aussie Adventures Top Finished. from Romany Quilting

I’ve been pinning, stitching and pressing for the last few days now.  And I’m so pleased that I have finally stitched all the blocks together on my Aussie Adventures quilt top.  The borders are on too, and I used two different prints for these, making use of what fabric I had remaining.  One print for the top and bottom borders, and a slightly darker on for the sides.


I took these blocks away, together with my pigma pen during three different Australian holidays, all train related, writing down places we stayed, sightseeing adventures, and memorable meals eaten.  So ...

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August 23, 2018
The Train Trip that wasn’t from Romany Quilting

Don’t let this happy photo fool you.  Although we started off with happy anticipation, our long awaited four day trip on the Indian Pacific railway didn’t happen.  The Indian Pacific train pulled way from Perth Station bang on time at 10.00am, leaving Australia’s most remote capital city behind.  We went slowly through the suburbs, soon reaching the outskirts of Perth, and the countryside.  The train stopped for some time at Avon, full of huge wheat silos at the siding, and we were called into the Queen Adelaide restaurant car for a very enjoyable lunch.  Back in ...

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August 17, 2018
Cute little Quokka from Romany Quilting

When is a rat not a rat?  When it is a quokka.  And what is a quokka, you may well ask?  A quokka is a marsupial the size of a hare or domestic cat, and as with other marsupials, such as the kangaroo and wallaby, the females suckle their young in a pouch. Rottnest Island, off the coast of Perth, Australia, has quokkas galore.  Rottnest Island was named by Dutch explorer William de Vlamingh in 1696, meaning rats nest, mistaking the quokkas for huge rats.   It wasn’t long before we saw our first quokka, there were plenty around the ...

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August 14, 2018
Hello, Perth from Romany Quilting

Another adventure –we are now in Perth, Australia  – and the Indian Pacific train journey later in the week which has been on our bucket list for some time.  As it was a reasonably long seven and a half hour flight to Perth, we decided to treat ourselves and upgrade to Premium Economy.  A good decision we felt, a lot more legroom, comfy seats, beautifully presented meals chosen from the menu, hot towels, and great service.  If this is what they do in Premium Economy, goodness knows what Business Class passengers get. 


I must admit that I’m always happy to ...

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