After our delicious lunch in the palace we were taken to a historical village. This had no signage at all and so it was hard to work out what era this was from, but some of the conference attendees who had grown up in various countries in Eastern Europe (and now live in the USA) commented excitedly that the school room looked exactly like the ones they had attended in the 1960s and 1970s.
In contrast to the palace we had just come from the houses were much smaller.
To be honest, I prefer this to the palace. Inside was very bright and cheerful.
Picture does not show the beautiful folk art painting on the chest of drawers. Another of the houses on display.
The pictures on the walls and rafters are made from cutting and gluing paper.
To my excitement there was a spinning wheel (and weaving and yarn associated equipment) in every room.
I was quite taken with the village church. This was a functioning church until it was relocated to the museum site.
I was also very taken with the windmill.
I love my orchids in Papua New Guinea, but I miss spring flowers. I enjoyed seeing the wide variety of irises blooming. Here is a particularly fine (and easily accessible) specimen.
We are currently half way through our two week stay in Cairns. Seems odd to be blogging about one trip while I’m on another one…
We’ve all had haircuts and are enjoying the relaxed atmosphere here in Australia. Today I picked up the gazillion photos I’ve taken over the last 8 months which I finally got around to printing. With three weddings last year there are some gorgeous shots of Gorgeous Girl that I’m itching to turn into scrapbooking pages. I just hope I can do them justice. I’m also enjoying not having to drive for 2-3 hours a day doing the school run.
I was lucky enough to be here for the monthly Cairns knitter/crocheting group and got to meet with those lovely ladies again this year. One of them runs an indie-dyeing company and I got to fondle her very beautiful yarn. You can check it out here: Solar Flair Fibres
My thumb is doing better. I’m managing a bit of knitting, but am being very careful not to overdo things.