Sunday, April 27, 2008

Weekend musings.......

Anzac Day on Friday has made this weekend a long weekend........but Anzac Day is not just another public holiday...........this year was especially poignant for me as it was the first Anzac Day without Dad (who served in WWII) - Dad always enjoyed coming to Adelaide and catching up with old mates on Anzac Day and joining in the march..........he hadn't felt well enough to come in the last couple of years and he passed away in January this year......the Prince and I stayed in the city on Thursday night - (we were surprised to see our room on this floor.....it was like being home....)... well sorta.....

...........and the next morning we went to the dawn service at the War Memorial - we walked from the hotel joining a large and quiet crowd ..... the atmosphere was one of silent reverence - a very moving experience......the father next to me explaining the significance of the dawn service to his small daughter in whispered tones adding to the atmosphere......the haunting rendition of the Last Post and the silence which followed.....indeed.....Lest we Forget!

After the service we caught up with the kids who had also attended....Rhi said "I bought Pa with me".... and produced from her bag a photo of her beloved "Pa" and her taken some years ago.... .... she knew how much it meant to Dad to be there!!
We all adjourned to the hotel for breakfast and it was great to catch up with everyone and see them all enjoy a hearty breakfast! The boys especially! Mark's phone (wake up alarm) went off during breakfast and he made the comment that it was unusual for him to be up (and eating breakfast) before his alarm went off! I would say very unusual! After breakfast we ventured out to watch the Anzac Day march - I particularly wanted to see the boys from the 2/10th who Dad served with - there weren't a lot of them, and I am sure Dad was there in spirit........

After the march we went back to the hotel, to pack (I always take way too many clothes - and it was only for a one night stay!??) and drove home.......Chelsea was pleased to see us - she was waiting patiently on the front porch.....actually she was sound asleep in her chair....... we watched the dawn services from Gallipoli and France and the football........and had a "nanna" nap! (not necessarily in that order - lol)!

During the week I received my scrap swap parcel from Melanie......thank you so much Mel - it is fabulous.....
One of the things on my "to do" list this weekend is to start sewing some of the scrappy blocks........

Yesterday I went here for a class - Emmy's Braids - with Carolyn Fuller. I even cut into one of the jelly rolls I have been collecting!!

Below is a photo of the applique which forms the rows between the "braids"...... after coming home and thinking about it I have decided to order some more of one of the green toned fabrics as my applique rows......so will make up the other "braids" while I am waiting for that to arrive....it is such a pretty quilt.....or it will be when it is done!!
Carolyn will be teaching another class in May which I have enrolled for as well......classes are fun! Hello to Sue who I met yesterday....the MIL of one of the guys I work with.....small world. Speaking of work.....I have taken an extra day off work tomorrow (Monday) which is a dedicated sewing day.....yay!

We have had some wonderful rain over the past couple of days and it is quite cold here today which is great......bring on winter!!

If I don't post anything in the next little while it may be because we are having a few problems with the computer and the prince has offered his services as "computer tech"....whilst he is many things "computer tech" is not one of his strong points.....so whilst I am thinking positively about this (or trying to anyway) it may not all go to plan and his day off tomorrow may be spent taking the compy "off site" to see a real tech!! I will keep you "posted"........

Before I go today I would like to thank Donna and Carey for choosing me as a winner of one of their giveaways.....I love blog friends!!

'Til next time........Lorraine

7 comments:

Chookyblue...... said...

my pleasure to draw you out.........need to get your little parcel in the mail........

Rachelmp said...

What a lovely post! Your sewing is looking amazing too x rachel

Jo Jo said...

I love the simplicity fabric you have used...It is my favourite range at the moment. Cant wait to see more.

Leanne said...

Your quilt looks lovely looking forward to seeing it complete. Good luck with the computer tech LOL.

Jo said...

Looks like you had a great weekend and love those fabrics in the quilt.Have a great day JO

bronwyn said...

Lorraine love the braid quilt. Is the pattern available or was it just for the class? I would love to do the design.What a great use of the jelly rolls.

Levin (and Emily) said...

actually - i think carolyn fuller is my quilt teacher! what a small world. we are about to start a quilt sampler with her. i'm hoping to gain some better skills.
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