I have been getting emails and messages resounding with worry and some with symptoms of “cold turkey”, seeing I have missed two Fridays of blogging. To all of those who missed me…the normality of the Friday Ixchelbunny blog has returned and here I am ! I had good reasons to do miss two Friday blogs..the first Friday I was at Bothwell at their fabulous spin in weekend! and the next Friday I had just returned to Melbourne that morning from Tasmania on the boat where I ..well..I will get to that later..lol
I left the “mainland”, as Taswegians call it, on Wednesday the 26th of February and hit Tasmania after a very smooth sailing and a good night sleep in a shared cabin, on Thursday. I had a great time on the boat, saw Ice Age with all the other kids on board, and was very relieved that I made it to the boat in the first time and I didn’t drive in the bay with my Tardis… I was asked , before driving onto the boat, to have my car and contents inspected by quarantine. This was just after they asked me if I had any live animals on board (no, just a stuffed toy bunny), if I was smuggling any alcohol (ooops I did bring a celebratory bottle of Scottish whiskey with me to enjoy with my good friend Juleen while in Tasmania) and the ultimate question: “Did I have any arms, ammunition or…here it comes…missiles..in my car”……huh?…sorry but I just had to laugh at that one and ofcourse made a joke..which ofcourse I shouldn’t have…because quarantine people are very serious. So all the doors were opened dangerously displaying puffed up bags of fluff about to explode onto the quai and then the back had to be opened as well, with a stuffed bunny toy popping its head out frantically hanging on for dear life before the rest of the fluff tried to escape, before being whisked away to far away Tasmania. In the end, all was well and could be poked back into my Tardis, and off I hobbled with the car onto the loading dock.
Early Thursday morning I was able to disembark at Devonport Tasmania, and was again subjected to Quarantine questions..this time they were a lot more relaxed (rightfully so, what could possible have been smuggled on board in the middle of the Bass straight into my tardis?)..they thought I was moving to Tasmania seeing my full car..I might as well have been..all the essentials were packed : lots fibres and yarns..lol
and yes, it all fitted in my Tardis!
The Bothwell International Highland Spin in would open on Friday the 1st Saturday the 2nd and Sunday the 3rd of march. It was going to be a super special because this is the 35th year reunion event. There are going to be heaps of fun stuff: sheep dog trials, show and tells, lots of workshops, fashion parades and demonstrations and ofcourse there will be heaps of stallholders offering lots of fibery goodies.
I met the most beautiful people at Bothwell. Some who I have known for years and years and have become family, although I have never seen in real life (the wonders of the world wide web) and lots and lots of new faces and lovely fibre fanatics who were very happy to be enabled by me.
(still going strong on the last day, sunday, of the event!!!)
It was extremely busy at Bothwell and ..hot…warm..and did I say hot? It was so hot I almost fainted in the tent where it had climbed to about I guess it was 40C and I called it the Sauna tent. Still people ventured in and haad to cuddle and buy my fluffy warm bunny fluff and yarns, some people just cannot be held back even by a heatwave. I want to thank everybody at Bothwell for organising such a great event and hope that in the future it will just go from strength to strength and gets bigger and bigger. Bothwell is a beautiful little town and the highlands in the middle of Tasmania and the only regret I have is that I was so busy I didn’t get a chance to visit the NANT whiskey distillery there. Oh well, there is always next time!
They also have the most amazing Obis and vintage kimonos and..they are online as well !!!!
This is one of the smoke grey baby bunnies coming over to the mainland to join the IxCHeL bunnies here on the farm. So excited !!!!! Thank you Maree for your wonderful hospitality!
I had one free day in Tasmania and I desperately wanted to see the Museum of modern and new Art or MONA in Hobart so off we went on the ferry and had a brilliant day. It is a very eclectic mix of art and very inspiring! I was very happy to see some art of the Belgian Jan Fabre there as well..eerie but such a big impact and ofcourse there was also the CLOACA I ahd already had the “pleasure”to see when I was in Europe years and years ago…I had a quick peek and clamped my nose…once is enough. I am not going to explain what the CLOACA is, but google it and be amazed…lol
After that day I had to go back. So, on the Boat I went and I treated myself on a good dinner …after retreating to the reclining chair area(cabins were booked) where I found that the chairs did not really recline and every 24 seconds there was a loud irritating high pitched BEEP!…………………… BEEP!…………………… BEEP! It was Chinese water torture.. It is probably a plot by Spirit of Tasmania to wreck the reclining area and replace it with high class cabins where they can charge a zillion $…..BEEP! I didn’t sleep…BEEP!….Why 24 seconds?..because I counted to 24 ALL NIGHT…….BEEP!……….BEEP!…
The Spin in day at McClelland was a load of fun! Thank you ladies for having me over and being enabled ! you have a wonderful group and seeing so many people there visiting from groups like Foster and Gembrook and Montrose just goes to show what a beautiful place you have there at the Gallery and what gorgeous people you are to share ! Thank you for your hospitality and the lovely bunny themed day !
On offer on this weeks shopblog is a new batch of Blue faced Leicester bunny and silk tops that are amazing to spin and some lush merino and silk 4ply sock wool!.Enjoy !
How To Order from this Shop blog
Blue Faced Leicester Bunny Silk Tops
Merino Silk 4ply sock weight yarn
IxCHeL Club sign ups are Open !
IxCHeL Fibre Club april, may and june 2013
The IxCHeL Sock Yarn Club April, May and June 2013
IxCHeL Mini skein Club April, May and June 2013
IxCHeL Funky Bunny Batt Club April, May and June 2013
this event is a MUST and an absolute fabulous way to catch up with fellow fibre fans ! I will be there with heaps of new hand spun, art yarns, lace weight, sock yarn, bunny mink and angora yarns adn much much more...like....silk/angora ! shhhhh don't it s a secret....lol
also a special pressie for all who come dressed as a bunny....ofcourse!.. and ...a chance to win a very special IxCHeL basket full of goodies ! yeah!
Gembrook Spinners and Weavers Guild Spin in day
A wonderful get together with heaps of spinners and weavers in the beautiful Gembrook.
BENDIGO SHEEP AND WOOL SHOW!
Friday 19th of July, Saturday 20th of July and Sunday 21st of July
There is a woolcraft schedule available at the farm or you can email Dot : Dotv5@optusnet.com.au. Entries for your fiber art closes on June 14th and there are lots of prizes to be won! Our little IxCHeL fibre farm is sponsoring sections 24 and 25 so get started on your entry to win some very yummy stuff !
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