The last post about any holiday is always the hardest for me. I think that's why it's taken me so long to write about Old Tailem' Town, a pioneer village in South Australia's eastern fringe. Tailem was the last stop on our month-long journey that spanned over 5000km.

Old Tailem Town is a reproduction village made up of original historic buildings that have been shifted to the site, as well as some newer buildings made to look as they would have in Australia's 1860s to 1960s. We went for the inspiration and eye candy and got more than we bargained for.

I was excited about the crumpled linoleum, kitchenware and train cars. Craig was excited about the faux grocery store stocked with old tins of some of Australia's most iconic brands.

I don't carry a purse. Instead I shove my oversized phone, keys and men's wallet in my jeans much to the chagrin of my husband. It looks tacky, and I have a tendency to take things out of my pocket and leave them lying about. When I go to the shops, the wallet and phone exit my pants and land in whatever bag that I'm carry home.

There's a lot of work to be done and things to sort out when you're purchasing a caravan. I've got my priorities straight. I'm making bunting.

Dear Melbourne,

Less grey weather please.

Sincerely yours,

Melbourne-area bloggers.

The Plague of Eucla

The town of Eucla is set about four kilometers off the coast, but this wasn't always the case. Now a roadhouse, caravan park and hotel stop for Nullarbor travelers, it was once a telegraph station and a port for supplies coming from the sea. The town thrived for a few decades, until the plague took its toll.

With all of Australia's venomous spiders, poisonous snakes and strange animals likely to kill you; it was a hoard of feral rabbits that undid the seaside town.

If you've spent much time reading blogs or on Instagram lately, you'll recognize these blocks as the start of a Flowering Snowball quilt. It's a design that's increased in popularity in the last few years and is definitely on-trend at the moment.  I made some last year for @jennappleton as part of a quilting bee. I stumbled on her templates while digging through some drawers and realized it was an ideal pattern to use with the Maker fabric that I received from Polka Dot Tea.

The world's longest golf course lies along the Eyre Highway across the Nullarbor Plains. Spanning 1365 kilometers from the mining town of Kalgoolrie in the west to Ceduna in the east, the 18 hole par 72 course is one of the toughest you'll ever play. 

The Nullarbor Links is a cooperative effort where the holes are maintained by small towns and roadhouses as a means of drawing tourists to the area.

The photos are untweaked. We stopped at a string of intensely saturated beaches, but we almost missed them. Esperance had long on my visiting wish list since reading about it in a caravan magazine. The article talked about vibrant beaches and fishing at the shore.

Caravaners we've met over the years confirmed those tales, but warned us that the town was growing too big for it's boots. We rolled in expecting paradise, but landed in an over-built non-notable harbor. The town felt very dense.

After deboarding the Indian Pacific and a few restful nights at an AirBNB south of Perth, the camping leg of our Nullabor Crossing began in earnest. As the crow flies, we were 3500km from home, but our route would take us much further. 

In Australia, your travels are often dictated by weather and bush fires. Given the fires south of Perth, we decided to break through inland Western Australia and make our way to Munglinup, or as the locals call it, Mungy.

I've had some pretty great fabric roll in since I got home from our Nullarbor trip including Maker, an in-house designed Art Gallery Fabrics collection which arrived this week from Polka Dot Tea. I couldn't resist the urge to share some photos before I dive in and cut it.

Polka Dot Tea is a online fabric boutique, co-owned by two quite clever girls.