Swellendam and Oudtshoorn

Our days have been so full and interesting that I have had no time to write a blog. Today is Friday and last Wednesday was a long and fascinating day. We left Stellenbosch to drive to Swellendam to visit the Drostdy ( magistrate) museum. A local quilter, Dione gave a funny presentation of her quilts, some of which I videoed and uploaded to Facebook.

We spent sometime looking at the rooms which featured 18th and 19th Cape furniture. The local guild had draped quilts in many of the rooms especially for us.

A short walk away was the conservation room, full of old embroidered and quilted clothing as well as some quilts.

We then drove on to Outshoorn, crossing a dramatic mountain pass into the Klein Karoo which reminded me of Arizona. On the way we saw groups of zebra, a giraffe, many different types of antelope, the cape blue cranes, hundreds of ostrich and much more.
The Queens hotel where we were for the night is so named because our Royal family stayed here in 1947. Wilma from the local Outeniqua quilters guild (name of mountain behind the town of George) gave us a very warm welcome and we spent the early evening with her group as they did a Show and Tell. We were served delicious canapés, including ostrich carpaccio with a local sparkling pink wine.

Thank you Wilma and friends!

About Karin

International quilting teacher and author. Enjoying semi-retirement after 23 years owning Quilters Haven shop/online in UK. Works with www. arenatravel.com and organisers of several international quilt shows.
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2 Responses to Swellendam and Oudtshoorn

  1. Wilma Smit says:

    We are so happy you came to the Queens in the Klein Karoo. Quilting friendship crosses all borders.

  2. Judith says:

    Thank you for taking the time to blog about this special day! Isn’t quilting wonderful?

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