|Aerial view of Alstonville and the (now finished) Bypass in yellow.|
Our family moved to the Alstonville area at the beginning of 2009. My husband was the Project Manager, and later the Authorised Delegate, for the long awaited bypass of the town. So when people asked us why we here - we were greeted with lots of thanks yous and cheers. Afterall they had been waiting some 40 years! The bypass was opened in May 2011 (after rain delays) to much local appreciation.
This town has a history of settlement dating back to the 1860s when it was established by families of farmers who made use of the rich volcanic soil cleared by the earlier red cedar loggers.
Crawford House is the town's Museum and the centre of the Historical Society. Each year it hosts the 'Airing of the Quilts'. You can read more about it here. I was able to go and check out this year's event which showcased about 80 old and new quilts.
Here's a snippet of what was on offer and some of my favourites.
And here's my friend Elaine who served me tea and baked delights. She is the lead carers for the babies at the local MOPS group - and she was the Altonville Baptist Preschool Director for some 30+ years. She is a true local treasure and she volunteers at the 'Hysterical Society' (her words not mine).
Do you have a local Quilt show?