Today was spent soaking up the poetry that is autumn. There is no better place to do it in Melbourne than in The Dandenong Ranges & this is where we spent the day today. In an attempt to find places that appeal to the unique stylings of each of the artists staying with us, I created an itinerary that had a smattering of all kinds of things. First stop was our lovely local quilting & craft fabric shop, which has a fabulous range of fabrics all arranged in colour & type. It is a FEAST for the eyes, here’s Debbi with an arm full of treasures – no one left with their purse intact! From there we checked out the local thrift shop where Jo was excited to find some foriegn text & Kasha got a fabulous old dictionary……… we then drove up the hills to the picturesque hamlet of Sassafrass. The deciduous trees were at their glorious best, putting on a dazzling show for our enjoyment, enhanced by the sprinkling of sunlight, that illuminated there colour -ranging from Merlot to Buttery Yellow. Just Delish! We lunched at the quaint Tudor styled ‘Miss Marples Tearooms’ which is almost iconic in the area & serves amazing food. We then drove on to Olinda & Mt. Dandenong, & wandered through some lovely shops & galleries Each of us picked up a few treasures along the way, & we managed to amass all of this for the day! Despite lots of preparation & prompting, everyone seemed too tired to ‘pARTy’ hard when the evening came around…….more artists joined us for an Indian banquet & the plan was to art well into the wee hours. In reality, most people just talked & swapped their pages & shared their art treasure. Everyone said it was a good night, just not how I thought it would turn out!