Come with me to the post office.

"I'm putting on my bow ties, brushing off my top hat..."

That's the song I was humming as I sewed bow tie blocks for a swap organised by Barb of Fun with Barb.
Barb has organised 81 quilters ( that's a lot of quilters!!) from all around the world to make bow tie blocks. We send them to her and she sorts them out so that everyone gets a mix of blocks. It's a great way to get a variety of fabrics in a number of blocks, but mostly it's about being part of something fun in the quilting community.

Silly me forgot to take photos before I packaged the finished blocks up to send. To make up for my scatterbrain lapse I decided to take you along with me on the scenic route to the post office. When my fellow swappers get their blocks they'll know their blocks from me were carried along a green leafy path, under the trees in the land down under.

Okay, off we go, down to the bottom of the garden where there's a path edged by rocks.

It seems as though there are a zillion stairs leading down into the lush green valley.

If I need to stop to catch my breath, I can lose it again looking at the breath taking view. Every time I walk this way I feel so lucky to live in such a beautiful area.

We keep following the stairs, 
step by step
down and down. 
You can see the bridge in the distance.

And here we are at the bridge. We haven't had much rain lately so the creek is just a trickle. It's amazing how quickly it starts flowing again with a shower or two.

Once on the other side the leafy path leads along the creek, through the ferns and under the gum trees.


There are always things to stop and look at, I hadn't noticed this fallen tree before. I loved the beauty in its decay.

When I reach this point where I have to duck beneath the crooked tree growing over the path I know I'm halfway to the shops.

I say hello to the Cousin It grass tree as I pass by.

Photos don't capture the sounds that can be heard on our journey. You'll just have to imagine big noisy Aussie birds yelling and squawking, while others twitter and chatter as though they are telling me the latest gossip.
Unseen frogs croak and make wood block sounds. One day I hope to see one of those shy amphibious fellows.
In the tree tops branches creak and their leaves whisper shhhhhh.
The creek trickles and there's a point the watery splashes get louder as I pass by a waterfall. My heart smiles because Mr Daisy and I had some of our wedding photos taken on the rocks there.
My boots stomp as I walk with heavy steps to let the snakes know I'm coming through and to get off the path.
Occasionally there's a rustle in the bushes but I scurry on, I have no desire to meet a bunyip, and I have important mail to send!!

Before too long the path escorts us upwards

 and onwards.

Soon we're on a road...

that leads to the town car park.

From there it's just a hop skip and a jump to the post office.


Hello posties!! I did plan to get a photo of the parcel as it was being sent but my mail lady was super efficient and whisked it away before I had time to say goodbye. Knowing my parcel was in good hands and on it's way I continued on...

to the newsagents where I bought myself a copy of Down Under Quilts...

because on page 74 and 79 are my quilts in a show and tell article about the 2015 Australian Modern Quilt Show.

The featured blogger in this edition is my blog friend Karen of Pieces of Contentment. It's always a pleasure to visit her blog for her beautiful photos of daily life and nature, and read her thoughtful posts about her sewing, especially as she explores organic fabrics, threads and batting.

So there you are, now you know what my walk into town looks like. Thanks for coming along and keeping me company. When I get my package of bow tie blocks back from the swap I promise I'll share a myriad of photos of them. 
Come with me to the post office.

50 comments

  1. That's some walk Rachael! I'm wondering about the trek back up the hill! At least you have the fern fronds to cool you down!

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  2. I will go on a walk with you any time. Beautiful!

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  3. Thank you so much for letting us share your walk and your beautiful scenery!!!

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  4. Darn, I signed up for the bright bow ties this time. It would be lovely knowing the blocks' journey. I'll have to use my imagination this time. Thanks for sharing!

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  5. My walks to the post office on Long Island are shorter but not nearly as lovely. You are truly blessed!

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  6. How to make walking to the Post Office a real treasure!! What a beautiful setting you do live in - pleased the snakes get out of the way.

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  7. What a delightful walk with you. Nice to see where you live and the beautiful scenery. Wishing your bow ties an easy and happy journey.

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  8. I think you live in heaven -- your surroundings are certainly heavenly. I can't wait to see what you do with your bow ties!

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  9. What a lovely walk to the post office. I love your photos and the descriptions of the sounds you hear. And thanks for introducing Karen, I hadn't seen her blog before. I am going to see if I can find a source for that magazine here in my area of the US. I sure hope I can get my hands on one!

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  10. What a lovely story post, Rachel!!! I'd be holding tight to your arm after hearing about snakes though....and stomping for all I was worth. I can picture you walking through here with a red hood and a basket over your arm!

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  11. Thank you for this little trek "over the river and through the woods." You live in a most beautiful place. I loved your story, complete with imaginary sounds. I can almost smell the gum trees.

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  12. Oh, and congratulations on your quilts in the magazine! I'll enjoy looking up your friend's blog.

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  13. I LOVE your walk into town! You live in the most beautiful spot.

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  14. Oh Rachael, you have the most delightful walk I have ever seen to the post office! I'm thinking it would take me twice as long as you as I'd be stopping too many times to look, listen and take photos....
    Thank you for sharing by story, I'm very touched.

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  15. Hi Rachael ,wow your walk is absolutely amazing I love it,Thankyou for sharing this beautiful place with us,I so love the bush,I hope you also have a wonderful day my friend xx

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  16. Thank you Rachael, for that lovely guided walk through to your post office. It was extremely refreshing, I could almost hear the Bower birds!

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  17. What a lovely bush walk to the shops..I would be worried about the snakes as well..we are so lucky that there are none here in NZ

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  18. With a walk like that I'd be happy to go to the Post Office nearly every day, its lovely, thanks for sharing it with us. Must keep an eye out for the Down Under quilts mag, they seem to take ages to get to us here in South Australia.

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  19. Rachaeldaisy thank you!
    Lovely walk with you. I can almost imagine the chittering if birds and tiny wet creatures. Gorgeous quilt, you must be so proud!

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  20. Rachaeldaisy thank you!
    Lovely walk with you. I can almost imagine the chittering if birds and tiny wet creatures. Gorgeous quilt, you must be so proud!

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  21. Rachaeldaisy thank you!
    Lovely walk with you. I can almost imagine the chittering if birds and tiny wet creatures. Gorgeous quilt, you must be so proud!

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  22. What a beautiful post of your walk to the post office! Really looking forward to the swap; my blocks are on their way to Connecticut, too. Yours look great!

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  23. All I can say is that my walk to the post office is much shorter, but nothing to write about; yours is so pleasant :-)
    xx

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  24. You have a wonderful and inspirational walk to the post office (except for the snakes and bunyips!!). I can't wait to see what you do with your bow-ties when they arrive.

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  25. Thank you, Rachael, for sharing your beautiful walk with us. Walks like this are disappearing everywhere so it's nice to see that you can still enjoy such a beautiful area. I also appreciate that you were willing to participate in the swap from all the way Down Under. I participated in the Modern Swap so, sadly, I wont be able to say that I have one of your blocks. But, maybe, someday, in another swap. I hope so, I love your work!

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  26. Darn! I'm in the modern section as well. I would love to have 'talked' with your 'ties to hear about their journey. What a clever presentation! I appreciate your heads up on the magazine piece on KAREN/pieces of Contentment. She has a beautiful blog.

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  27. Sembra il paradiso!

    Buona passeggiata!

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  28. What a lovely trip and a wonderful activity in the quilting community. Will be watching to see what you get back and how you finish it. Thanks for the walk.

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  29. Oh...You always make me smile. I loved going to the post office with you..I so wanted to join that swap...but my energy was sooo low...seeing that you did it and how they got there...so great

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  30. What a beautiful walk you have into town. Funnily enough I was hearing those bush sounds in my head as you showed us the pictures. Gotta love the Australian bush. Congrats on another magazine entry!

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  31. I would love to do that walk. Only one problem - the snakes! I would be terrified of meeting one and my eyes would be swiveling in every direction, all at the same time, if that was even possible!

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  32. Wow! I can't believe you live in such a wild place but within walking distance of town!! What a beautiful place: you truly are blessed!! I loved your trip! :-) Hugs, H

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  33. What a lovely walk you have through the beautiful bush. It looks gorgeous.
    And there is a another quilt photo is APQ that arrived here today.

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  34. What a lush and lovely walk. i love all the steps, stairs, rocks and bridges. They all blend in so well with the forest. I guess you call it the bush there. It is all so pretty and tidy. Funny, I like to see snakes - as long as they don't get too close.
    What a cute post office! I'm so happy to have had a a little trek with you and can't wait to get your blocks.
    All the civil war blocks look great.
    Congrats on the new magazine publications. I wish I could get your magazine here. Thanks for sharing the photo.

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  35. the lush fern shots are much like finland. made me smile.
    and i'm all in for going down steps but i'm whining when i have to go back up. my knee hates it! :P

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  36. Wow -- that's quite a walk Rachael. I was right there with you until you mentioned snakes -- they I turned and ran back home LOL!!! You lucky girl -- I was too late to get in on the bow tie swap -- plus time is a bit of an issue -- maybe next time for me!

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  37. What a delightful trip for an ordinary errand! I'd be stomping my boots too--just to be sure every little creepy crawly thing knew I was coming. I can only imagine the cacophony of all those sounds.

    Thanks for taking us along!

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  38. Oh what a lovely walk. Magpies, currawongs, rosellas, wattle birds, little whitter birds, anything else? (A lyrebird?) Am feeling jealous and a bit homesick just looking at it, and the Blue Mountains are not my land.

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  39. A lovely walk to town. The bush is much nicer than up and down on the bitumen. Swapping blocks is a nice way to connect with other quilters.

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  40. Thanks for taking us along - I thoroughly enjoyed it! Would love to join you again sometime :-)

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  41. What a beautiful walk! I can see the inspiration everywhere!
    Congratulaltions on your quilts in a magazine, I am not surprised!

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  42. What a lovely walk, how long does it take? Congrats again on your featured pictures.

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  43. I sure didn't expect to see all the lovely pictures of your walk to the post office when I opened your blog about the bow tie swap!! I just love a walk through the woods like that. You are so lucky to have that special walk so close to you. I have some lovely walks like that kind of close too, but most I have to drive 5 minutes or so to get to them. Or longer. Thanks for sharing!

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  44. Très belle promenade aménagée. Elle est bien tracée, elle aide à franchir des passages pour les personnes moins habituées à la marche et puis, la beauté des fougères. J'aime ces plantes et les utilise beaucoup dans mon land art. Merci pour ton beau reportage. Amitiés.

    Roger

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  45. Rachael what a lovely walk with you...I thoroughly enjoyed it! Good on you for stomping through to let The snakes know that you are on a Very Important Mission!

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  46. What a marvellous idea for a craft along. It has got me thinking and all the different ways we craft together in the different crafts... Spinning, knitting, sewing.

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  47. I can't believe that's where you live!! It is so very beautiful.

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  48. What a beautiful place you live in! I had to look up bunyip. Never heard of it before, but now I know:)

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  49. I've had a lovey time visiting your blog! Thanks for taking us on the scenic walk (wish I was there) and congrats on teaching at MO this year. Will be adding you to my Bloglovin' feed so I can visit more often!

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