The Epic Journey
After establishing Paddock to Garment in the beautiful Noosa Hinterland, it was time to move to cooler climes – Cygnet, Tasmania. It was always going to be hard in a lot of ways. To leave so many friends, the alpacas, and the chickens. The friends we have made will remain firm friends forever. The chickens and alpacas have gone to a great farm nearby – four of our best alpacas will follow us, once we get settled.
Within the space of three months we put our property on the market, sold, packed all our belongings, and started the ‘epic journey’. The ‘boys toys’ were loaded onto a semi. The remainder went into a shipping container – with the exception of my precious loom & spinning wheel, which accompanied me on the journey in my little car.
We set off from South East Queensland to Melbourne in tandem (not unfamiliar, as it is a journey we have done 19 times before) with two Staffies and a caravan which will be my home for the foreseeable future. After an uneventful ferry crossing, we arrived in the beautiful Huon Valley and were greeted by snow on our first day. Quite a contrast from Noosa, which had no winter, nor rain to speak of.
Things are moving a little slower than I would like – we are still in a caravan, in a caravan park, waiting for necessary electricity and permits which may take some time.
On the other hand, things have moved fast – I have found a ‘studio’ less than two kilometres from our 15 acre block. The Studio/Gallery isn’t quite ready yet, however it will be in the next couple of weeks. My fingers are itching to get back into spinning and weaving. The Paddock to Garment concept was all about taking material from our land, i.e. alpaca and silk, and creating one-of-a-kind garments. Once we get settled, my fleece & fibre producers will still be within 2000m of me – a good effort I think.