It had been absolute ages since I'd seen my aunt. Not since my Mum's funeral back in March. I just get caught up in the day to day busy-ness of life but always thought about my aunt. She was Mum's younger sister and my godmother. Mum and I would often catch up with her like the time we visited the strawberry and orchid farm last year.
We collected my aunt and headed to the Rolin Strawberry Farm at Elimbah, just north of Brisbane. You can purchase the freshly grown strawberries or pick your own, which is what we decided to do.
The strawberries were in abundance and there were heaps of delicious, in season, fresh strawberries to be picked. At $10 per kilo, they were pretty good value. At least we know they are fresh!
The kids had an absolute ball, checking out how the strawberries grew and eating them at the end. It was a beautiful day for the first day of spring. Not too hot and a gentle breeze blowing. When we dropped my aunt home, she said she had a surprise for me. It was a birthday present she hadn't got around to giving me (my birthday was back in February). She made a pansy quilt for me with her fancy, schmancy embroidery sewing machine. I was in tears. Its absolutely gorgeous.
I'm so tired, I just threw it on my bed to take a quick picture and didn't use a flash so the picture isn't the best. Each one of those large flowers took an hour to make on her machine. There's so much detail in it. The colours are so vivid. I just love, love, love pansies. (She embroidered Mum a couple of pansy cushions a few years ago and they are still on Mum's bed and I might just have to go over to my sister's house and pinch them.) I feel so lucky to have such a clever aunt. Once I get my 'creative space' organised, I can't wait to start quilting projects and spend time with her, just crafting and quilting.
A wonderful day out, spent with family, enjoying the Spring sunshine and strawberries. (I can't believe my daughter was wearing this exact same top last April when we went. One good thing about her being a fussy eater is that she doesn't put on much weight quickly!)
Strawberries & Orchids
Rob and Linda Trost
124-190 Rutters Road
Elimbah QLD 4516