As we departed Auckland, we stopped in Gordonton to visit one of New Zealand’s leading patchworking and quilting stores. You would not believe the smiles on everyone’s faces at the prospect of visiting this charming shop.
We were primarily in search of New Zealand style fabrics. When the group found the fat quarter tables, they could hardly contain themselves.
I contained myself until the others wandered off to other parts of the shop and then I jumped right in. I purchased several New Zealand style prints to make a new vest!
The shop also was home to a lovely cat and few darling dogs. This one was not at all upset about the shop being invaded by 40 quilters. He just too refuge under a quilt.
Everyone in the shop made us feel so welcome and were just as warm as they could be. We enjoyed a lovely morning tea in the workshop area where we were able to admire even more quilts.
When it was time to load the bus and leave, everyone came out to send us off in style, waving their fat quarters. What a fun time was had by all.
We traveled along the New Zealand country side and stopped at Longlands Dairy Farm in Matamata for lunch. We were given a tour and learned all about dairy farming in New Zealand. We then were treated to a lovely family style lunch.
Lunch was a lovely porch setting . As they brought out the food, we admired the lovely colors and floral decorations.
The group of vegetables were almost too pretty to eat.
Next, we are off to Rotorua to learn about the Maori people.
All the best,