Once the quilting bug took hold there was little I could do to shake it. However as a writer with a powerful calling to pen a memoir, I traded a weekend at the machine for a visit to the Blue Mountains for the annual Open Day of Varuna, The Writer's House. The sprawling 1930's home, painted deep saffron yellow, is nestled among towering gums and pretty gardens at the bottom of Katoomba's Cascade Street. A wooden plaque staked into the front garden signified its purpose, "SHHH, QUIET ZONE, WRITERS AT WORK." Bequeathed to wordsmiths of Australia in 1989 by Mick Dark, the son of its original owners, novelist Eleanor Dark and her husband Dr Eric Dark, Varuna is Australia's only dedicated writer's retreat centre, hosting novelists, poets and memoirists for residential stays.
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