South Africa

Last week I taught at South African Guild’s Creative Energy Conference near Durban. There is so much that I could write about it, and so many photos.

It was set in a boys school out towards the mountains

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Where do I start……I met some fabulous students and some of them did some beautiful work

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As you can see from the number of panels made here the classes were large – no some of them were huge – teaching upwards of 30 students in a class, on my own, was a challenge. This is not really something I really want to do again!

I taught a disable young girl who used her foot pedal with her hand – she managed to make a couple of wired flowers in the class

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The school is one of the top schools in South Africa and I did enjoy walking around the grounds- there were some very inspirational quotes up around the school, and some beautiful flowers.

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I listened to a talk by an expert on the Schwe Schwe fabric from South Africa and of course bought loads of fabric.

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We did have a lot of fun in the evenings, with Rayna, Hilary, Sheena, Brandon and Kaffe!

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After the conference we visited the Hillcrest Aids centre – they are doing amazing things working with local communities and helping aids victims (more to write another day) where, amongst other things i bought 50 beaded traveller beaded dolls to sell and will send the profit to them.

Here is a painted one, that was one the wall of the centre

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Following the festival we stayed on the outskirts of Durban and had a fabulous time shopping and visiting some of the Durban attractions.

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Here is us causing chaos in the fabric shop

I took masses of photos at the botanical garden in Durban

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A visit to the Nelson Mandela Memorial was inspirational and an incredible piece of art work

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and a visit to Ardmore afterwards was somewhere i could have spent hours

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We went in to the traditional African Fabric shop in the centre of Durban to buy the proper 3 cats fabric

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I guess the highlight of all the places we visited in Durban has to be the Phansi Museum

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We finished our day with a meal by the beach and a visit to see Odette Tolksdorf – i just love her quilts, and her house is really beautiful – full of African artifacts

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Rayna and I then took a plane to Cape Town, where we now have, for the first time Wifi!!!

The weather is damp which is a shame and this is the view of table mountain from our beautiful guest house

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The weather may not be good but the shops are, and look what I have been out photographing

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Last night we went for some food – I don’t really enjoy eating meat but in the traditional African restaurant we had to try some local food. Don’t think I will eat it again – Springbok, Ostrich and Kudu

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I hope today to be able to go and visit the penguins but as the weather is not brilliant they may not be there!

So many experience, some new best friends, and more inspiration for more quilts.

Now I need another 24 hours in every day!

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