Saturday, 16 January 2016


A walk with the camera down the main street this revealed lots of activity starting up.  There are a number of gift shops that have opened towards the end of last year and one that just opened on thursday.  There seems to be a shift in the energy here ad all the creative people who've recently moved are really livening up Darling Street, and the makers group is a real part of that.

The op shop was open on a saturday morning which surprised me.  The Curly Tree was the first shop i visited, Maree and husband Howard Hankinson moved into the lovely old bank building last year and she opened her shop while i was down in melbourne for xmas.

light shade made by maree, a rice paper light with
applied paper d'oyleys. she also had one made
from coffee filters, both lovely

Next i crossed the road to the arcade, two new businesses in there, a gift shop run by newcomer lesley bell, and indigenous artist clair bates' gallery of her own work, painting, great baskets (large multi-coloured) and jewellery made from
local seeds, pods, emu feathers etc.  she had a basket making workshop on the go.

Lesley's shop has a lot
of china, manchester
and other gifts and 
she serves tea and
coffee and cakes

Clair had five people at her workshop in the arcade

on down the
street and i 
Bird Nest
on Darling
which opened
on Thursday 
proprietors kate and fiona

THEN across the road to visit glenis in her lovely 
studio workshop Went Weaving

Finally about an hour later i arrived at artback for a coffee.  so good to have things to see down the main street, it feels like a really positive beginning to the new year

anne's great textile art on the wall at artback

librarian peggy with her gorgeous dog kenny

on the way home, the beautiful black swan was spending 
some quiet time at the lock

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