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Tuesday, 27 December 2011


Hi everyone
Well Xmas is over
We had a quiet lunch at home with James our youngest son and for dinner (tea) we had our other son Ben and his wife Sarah over with us - it was the first time for many years that we were together as a family. It was a low key Xmas but very special. This year the boys were both in Adelaide.

Holly and flowers from our garden
Our first Xmas dinner in our  new outside area - not quite finished but great for those breakfasts
James and Ben our sons on Boxing Day - first time in years that we were together at Xmas

Thursday, 22 December 2011

Aldinga Beach - a visit

Aldinga Beach - Not open - bad luck - couldn't spend any money

Hi - I am back. I have been so busy over the last year that I fell
in a heap (blog wise) since I finished work last week. I have been
 spending time with my youngest son, James who has moved in
with us for a short period of time until he moves into his new
home in late Jan/early Feb - we hope!!!! Those who have bought
 a house know how stressful it is getting every thing organised etc
and I have spent time with James helping him - it all takes time
but I am back no .

I am on holidays for the next five weeks and am trying to do my
 own Art work each day but unfortunately I cannot share it with
you yet.

Today we went for a drive - of course with a purpose to Aldinga
Beach about 65km from Adelaide. We visited a second-hand
caravan place to look at of course caravans - we may buy one
later next year for tripping around Australia.
Above and below are some photos of the beach etc...

Sunday, 4 December 2011

Details at Angkor Wat

Here are some details shots taken at the Angkor Wat complex - carvings, windows, elephant terrace etc....

Saturday, 3 December 2011

Angkor WAt - Cambodia

We visited Angkor Wat which was totally amazing - it was a dull and very hot day and the complex is huge!! You do not have any idea of the large scale of the complex before visiting it.

Angkor meas literary "Capital City"or "Holy City". It is a Hindu temple complex built for  King Suryavarman II in the early 12th century as his state temple and the capital city.
It is architecturally and artistically breathtaking. It is a massive three tiered pyramid crowned by five lotus-like towers rising 65 metres from the ground level. This is only one of the temples in the complex.
The moat surrounding the Angkor Wat is 1300 metres X 1500 metres. The temple itself is 1km square.

We also found a sculpturor - a very old man who had survived the war - one of the few artistians who  survived the war and he had made a full miniature  of the complex - it was so fascinating and not many tourists visit this place - even the tuk-tuk driver did not know where it was and we had difficulty finding it but what a place. It was great to see the complex in a small size and as a whole and as it is SO big you cannot take photos of the whole only bits. This was excellent to view before going to the complex.

The miniature of Angkor Wat - a great way to see it from up above
Our tuk-tuk driver who got us very lost but we found it in the end
Entrance to the sculptor's house and display
More of the miniature - beautifully carved to scale
Part of the real Angkor Wat

Friday, 2 December 2011

Wednesday, 30 November 2011


Last year we visited Cambodia which was an eyeopener - it is still a poor country trying to rebuild from the war. It is a country trying to rebuild without much foreign money but it will slowly, slowly do this - I knew little of the countries history and found the buildings themselves interesting and different to Vietnam. So here are a few of the photos from that trip.

A variety indeed - old, rebuilt, repaired and new.... and wonderful carving and sculptures


Sunflower Sunburst

Below are photos of my 'Sunflower Sunburst' that I entered into the NSW Quilters Challenge 'Purple and Yellow'. There was a wide variety of quilts entered and the interpretations were extremely diverse.
All these small quilts (60 X 40cm) will be on display at the Sydney Quilt Show which I and some of my students will be attending in June next year. The quilts will then be exhibited at various sites as a 'suitcase exhibition' for the next 26 months. The Sydney Quilt Show is fantastic - loads of quilts, art to wear, quilt exhibitions, demonstrations and shops and more shops etc...
A day is not enough - two or even three days are needed to have a good look.
All the quilts have been published in the 'Template' - the NSW's Guild magazine.
The photos below are the progressional stages as well as the finished quilt.

The 2012 challenge is "PEARL" as it is the Guild's 30th anniversary which "Pearl' is the anniversary stone.  Now this title has me stumped!!!!! I will have to do some very creative thinking...

I know some of you visit my blog regularly but I do not here from you and it is good to be in contact with all of you!!!

Enjoy!!! I hope??

Suzanne Gummow "Sunflower Sunburst"   - 60 X 40 cms

Above and below - pen drawings of the sunflowers
Above and below - purple random pieced background - hand-dyed
and commercial fabrics
Above- Sunflower applique - before stitching - hand dyed fabrics
Below - Sunflower stitched Applique

Monday, 28 November 2011

What happening?

Hi everybody

I have not posted for a couple of days or more but be patient!!!
Been SO busy at work - end of year marking etc...
Enjoy the earlier posts and if you have not been 'watching' lately have a good look!!!

Also just booked our trip to Sri Lanka for next year - more great photos and inspiration

Have a look at Pam Holland's blog - in Dubai at the camel races - so exciting!!

See you very soon so keep watching


Monday, 21 November 2011

Collage workshop

More examples of the students work in the collage workshop

Sunday, 20 November 2011

More Collage

More examples from the Collage workshop - these are works that the students completed in the second week (for 'homework'). So if you were in the Collage workshop please send me photos of the finished sheers and circles so I can share with the world on this blog. Your work was fantastic - I was very impressed with the finished pieces - well done!!!