Please cast your eyes over the sea trunk at the bottom of the photograph. It arrived in Australia nearly 60 years ago along with my in-laws on the Johan Van Oldenbarnevelt from a port in Europe. (I was originally going to say from Switzerland - for that is from where they hail - however it is a landlocked country?)
The butterflies originate from a less exotic location. I bought them at the Craft & Quilt Fair which was held recently at the Melbourne Exhibition Centre. I thought they were an ideal decoration for the tree when it wasn't in celebration mode.
One astonishing find at the Fair that I would love to share with you is the inspiring work of Cheryl Bridgart. It is one thing to be a talented artist who can represent depth, perspective, shading and colour using paint; but to utilise a sewing machine as your medium is beyond my wonderment. So I'll just finish off with a splash of colour, if you don't mind . . .
Butterflies are self propelled flowers.
- R L Heinlein