Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Montsalvat, 1930s artist colony

Yesterday I met up with Lindsay (another Blogger buddy) and his wife Anne, and Gina who I've met previously. They live in Eltham, a lovely suburb of Melbourne, but had not met each other previously. We had lunch at a cafe next to the Eltham Library (yes, I did get there early to borrow some books), and then we went on to Montsalvat, an artists colony that looks like it could be in Europe. Artists in the 1930s gathered here and built an interesting collection of buildings, using materials from houses and buildings that were being demolished in Melbourne. They tried to be self sufficient by growing their own food, and had cows and poultry for milk and eggs. Artists in residence are housed around the place in quaint little cottages which form a village like atmosphere. It was a fabulous day, aided by wonderful weather and great company - my blogger buddies!

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12 comments:

Kerri said...

Aren't you getting clever?...well, cleverer I should say.
What a great place to visit. It does indeed look like something you'd find in Europe and you've taken some lovely pictures.
What fun to have an outing with blogger buddies!
Thanks for the happy birthday wishes. I'm sure I'll enjoy being 60 :)

Gwen said...

Hi Val.
Great blog,thanks for your comments
yes I thought the project came up well.

lindsaylobe said...

Hi Val
A splendid summary of the excursion, complete with some deft photo images a la courtesy of Image shack! ~I must learn to use it!
Best wishes

Jeanette said...

Hi Val.
Great Photo's of another happy blogger meeting in Eltham.Take care ((((Hugs)))).

Steve G said...

This is super. I have to check it out.

PEA said...

That village certainly does have the European flair in it's buildings....beautiful!! I so enjoyed seeing your pictures...it's certainly a place I would love to visit:-) What a joy to also meet up with more blogging buddies!! xox

catsmum said...

I wanted to get married there in the early 70s but my late DH's tradional Italian Catholic mother raised hell so we had a church wedding instead. Not a Catholic one though !!

Susie said...

Loved seeing your pictures and lucky you to meet even more blogging buddies. You seem to be getting such joy out of your retirement (and life!)
xo

Sonia said...

Wow! Love this video, Val! Well done!

Merle said...

Hi Val ~~ Great photos and well done on displaying them as you did. You are a very clever lady. I have always been interested in Montsalvat.
The craft exhibition sound great also. Thanks for your comments of the
photos and I just love the fejoa flowers. Carn the Blues!!
Take care, Val, Love, Merle.

Granny said...

I'm so glad you met Lindsay. He's been a good online friend to me for some time.

Lovely pictures.

Kali said...

wow...i think i want to move into Montsalvat!