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Saturday, October 11, 2014

Road Trip!

We just love a little road trip and today I satisfied my hankering to visit the Tweed River Gallery which encompasses the Margaret Olley Gallery. Margaret Olley has long been an Australian artist that I love. Her beautiful work always fills my heart with joy! Her home/studio with a myriad of her possessions was bequeathed by her to the gallery and has been reconstructed in the gallery just as she left it.
You would swear that she had just left the room. She was a woman after my own heart...who cares about housework when there is creating to be done!
Her only interest was having close at hand things, that she could make a pleasing grouping of to paint.
The photos I took of her "Yellow Room" which she painted many times was too blurry...sorry!
Unfortunately no photos allowed of her art but I took a couple from my book. I adore her riot of colours!
and oh oranges!!!
The lady herself in her Yellow room....
The Gallery and Cafe sits atop a hill...
with marvelous views across the Tweed River and Mt Warning...
This was our view from our lunch table in the Cafe... yours truly feeling very happy with herself!
Unfortunately because of burn offs in the valley Mt Warning was not too clear.
I really loved this bird sculpture in the grounds...
as well as beautiful native blossom...
and just to show you I did not actually go beloved rocking out on the way in the car LOL!
This was a truly lovely experience and our lunch was so very delicious.....if you feel like a visit you can find it at 2 Mistral Road Murwillumbah...Just follow Tweed Valley Way off the M1.
Loved you Margaret and you have left us such a beautiful legacy.... hope you have enough light wherever you are now xxx
Namaste and Blessings,
Michelle xxx


  1. Wow what a beautiful post and a very clever lady,Thankyou for sharon your day MIchelle.xx

  2. So happy that you found your way there, Michelle. Isn't it just lovely? xx

  3. What an interesting's now on my "must visit" list, thank you!

  4. A lovely day out, and one that obviously meant a lot. The recreation of her work area looks fascinating.

  5. Looks like a most enjoyable outing Michelle. That lady sounds amazing, her work area is just perfect :-) Thanks for sharing

  6. Fabulous. What a lovely place to spend the day out. Hugs,xx

  7. What a wonderful day out Michelle. I so enjoyed her story when it was on TV so I understand your feelings.
    Great idea for a road trip! :)

  8. Sounds like a lovely day out. I'd love to see the recreated rooms day

  9. A beautiful post Michelle. Looks like you had a wonderful outing with hubby. Hugs.....

  10. A very interesting post Michelle; I loved seeing your photos of it. A great outing! And I Loved your blossom photos as well.

  11. looks like a lovely day out...

  12. Thank you for sharing such a lovely day out ... love finding out about new places to me :)

  13. What a wonderful place to visit, Michelle. Her work was so rich and she was a true treasure. Thanks for sharing your lovely day out!

  14. I hadnt heard of Margaret before this but through your pictures and story I got a real sense of who she was and how she liked to work. She sounds like a lady after my own heart - my sewing stuff is scattered everywhere so I can find the right thing when I need it ( yep- thats what I tell myself !)

  15. What a beautiful and creative lady Michelle. Sounds like the perfect day out to me

  16. The Margaret Olley Gallery looks fabulous. Would love to visit it one day.Thanks for the photos --a delight to view.

  17. Wonderful Photos Michelle, and lovely sentiments of a great lady.
    P/S I agree about the housework bit, my theory is Clean enough to be healthy...Dirty enough to be happy.
    Hugs R.

  18. What a great post I want to come up and see the Centre!


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