Sunday, May 9, 2010

Happy Mother's Day!

Happy Mother's Day to Mothers whoever and wherever you are - I hope you are all being spoiled! This is for my Mum! Ed and I have enjoyed a lovely couple of days away visiting the town of New Norcia, 190k away from where we live in Perth. It is the only monastic town in Australia filled with history, heritage and serenity. It was first established by Don Rosendo Salvado in 1847, beautifully maintained and preserved.

A beautiful Abbey Church - one can really feel the European influence in the architecture!



Paintings by local indigenous people - very inspiring and meaningful!


Long verandahs - part of the 2-hour walking tour! It was quite a warm day and lots of walking, so I was very thirsty and nursing one very sore arm last night!

More beautiful paintings!



We stayed the two nights at the Avalon Homestead - beautifully spoiled by Delveen and Peter and then drove home this morning!
Bushfires ravaged the area of Toodyay there a little while back - so sad to see the devastation of the houses and land, most of it cleared away by this stage.

My girls and their families have phoned to suggest they come over to cook dinner this evening - wonderful! - I will pop over to get some sparkling wine to celebrate, this day only happens once a year!
Enjoy your week ahead!

23 Lovely People said ...:

Nancy, Near Philadelphia said...

What a lovely place! Thanks for taking us along, Lurline!

Notjustnat said...

Happy Mother's Day Lurline. Thanks for sharing the photos from your trip. I like your new profile pic too - Hugs Nat

Maree: said...

Glad you had a Lovely couple of days...Great that the Kids are cooking you Dinner..a Lovely way to End your weekend...
cheers

Sue-Anne said...

What a beautiful old monastery! Have a lovely dinner with your family. Lucky you - no cooking!!!!

Cardygirl said...

Happy Mothers day! Lovely pics of New Norcia brought back memories of my time in WA. Have a geat evening!

Talin's Corner said...

Have a Happy Mother's Day. Pictures were lovely. I woke up very early this morning (unusual for me) so I am waiting on my family to wake up. They have promised to pamper me today, can't wait.

*karendianne. said...

Enjoy the day. Happy Mother's Day. You surely deserve this special day. Enjoyed the pics of New Norcia.

Margaret said...

Happy Mother's Day to you and yours! Enjoy your day with your kids! I'm glad you had a wonderful time in New Norcia. I love the pics -- those paintings by indigenous people are spectacular!

Terry said...

Happy Mother's Day to you too Lurline! :0)

Darlene said...

Beautiful, Lurline. Happy Mother's Day.

Darling Millie said...

Happy Mother's Day!

Mary Grace McNamara said...

Nice trip there Lurline! Gorgeous church and paintings! Enjoy your dinner tonight and time with the family! Happy Mother's Day!

MGM

Rae Ann said...

What a beautiful time you must have had! Thanks for sharing all of the beautiful photos. Hope your day is filled with sunshine and love. Happy Mother's Day!

~ Phyllis ~ said...

Happy Mother's Day to you too.
Thank you for sharing your photos.
The monastery photos were lovely.

Barb said...

I truly enjoyed the pictures....have a wonderful day!!

Bev C said...

Hello Lurline, So glad you enjoyed New Nocia, it really is such a special place. Hope that wine went down a treat. Happy Monday.
Bev.xoxox

Nedra said...

Happy Mother's Day to you too. I'm so glad you and your husband have had good enough health to take a little vacation. Looks like a lovely place.

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

Hope you had a wonderful day Lurline. I love the cathedral. I'm so intrigued by architecture.

Kim said...

Okay I'd say you did very well with your new camera! Lovely pictures!
How is the arm today?

Happy Sewing

Nikki said...

Looks like a lovely day - and a great way to test out the new camera!! Beautiful photos. I hope the day ended with you smiling yourself to sleep.

Shiree said...

sounds like you had a truly wonderful time Lurline! Good on you,and enjoying that new camera I see...

Dena said...

What a great way to spend a lovely day. Your pictures of the church are beautiful. Thank you for sharing.

Mel said...

WOW! What a beautiful church - and other pics!!
I love touring the world though friends' blogs!!