these two photos are of a plant in the Gardens a Callicarpa pedunculata, which doesn't have a common name as far as I know. It is an Australian native, not often grown in horticulture, but I love the rick colour of the berries which follow the flowere.
I have just been checking out the Thread Studio website and all the entries in the Connections embellishing challenge are there. They look fantastic, I am so looking forward to seeing them all in real life at the Textile Convention in two weekends time. I really hope the weather in Brisbane improves from what they are experiencing today. Once more they are having gales and flooding and generally appalling weather conditions. The only good thing is that their dams are filling up fast and for the first time in 5 years, Brisbane is officially out of drought.
We have had a gorgeous Autumn day up here, the sort which makes you feel really glasto be alive. The river looked so blue when I drove over it, and there were plenty of fishermen out trying their luck.
I have finally caught up with the ironing and all the notices which I have had to send out so tomorrow afternoon I hope to sneak into my workroom for some play - and the start of some new pieces.