Saturday, February 14, 2009

I've been away without going anywhere...........

It' been a while....a week........one which has been a dark week for all of Australia and particularly Victoria......while some fires still burn the huge effort to help those who have lost everything continues.

I haven't felt much like blogging this past week......I almost feel guilty that my life continues in it's normal routine while the routine of others will never be the same................! I have donated cash and hopefully my small donation along with those from all over Australia (and the world) will help ease the suffering of those affected.

This past week has also been a busy one for me at work with long days and a vice regal visit to help organise.........all went well with the visit and next week should return to almost normal! Well...that is the plan........!!!
Today is Valentine's Day.....we don't buy gifts for each other.....but the Prince bought me this beauty from the garden this morning..........the cooler weather this past week has seen a few buds come out.....he couldn't have given me a better gift!




During preparations for the vice regal visit this week I was busy with the "big" things.......changing clock batteries...................


........and making sure everything was set up for the morning tea................

The guests were representatives from volunteer groups in the area and I thought it would be nice if we gave something back for the work they do in the community......so I asked for volunteers from the staff to help cater for the morning tea...................the girls outdid themselves..................home made goodness!


Any left overs were accounted for by the rest of the staff!!

Along with cooking cupcakes and lamingtons ...........I managed a bit of stitching at night and have finished the three wool blocks I showed in my previous post. I am really pleased with them and am looking forward to getting the next block.........for once I am up to date with a BOM........!

I spent the afternoon today with my stitching group and it was great to spend time stitching and catching up since the last time we were all together.....this afternoon was a little "tamer" than our previous get together which featured a snake sighting......and a chook death by misadventure........among other things!!!

Take care.....take nothing for granted......life is fragile!

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

18 comments:

Kris said...

It has been a terrible week and I have felt the same as you. I read a news report which said that Marysville had lost one in five of it's citizens. A heart breaking thought in and of itself, but how will a town in that situation ever be "normal" again? A week of introspection for me this week. Sick kids and sick at heart news stories have kept me still and silent. And then someone pulled the plug on the Torrens! So now we are a smelly, dirty, muddy kind of people too! (Went to see it today. It stinks.) Ahh. Perhaps next week will be better.

clare said...

Yes a very sad week . Nice to see those blocks and the homemade goodies , yum !
clares craftroom

Nancy said...

Hard to say which is more lovely, the wool blocks or the tea!

Wishing Australia a better week to come.

Maree said...

Feeling Pretty much the same Loz..A Very Nice Gesture for the Volunteers...Your Blocks are looking Great...
cheers

Pat said...

I love your blocks. You did a great job. I enjoy working with wool too. People around the world have had Australia in their hears and thoughts. It is very sad. Now, I would like to know just what kind of stitching get togethers you are having with such goings on??

Pat said...

I love your blocks. You did a great job. I enjoy working with wool too. People around the world have had Australia in their hears and thoughts. It is very sad. Now, I would like to know just what kind of stitching get togethers you are having with such goings on??

Leanne said...

I have given up on radio, TV and papers it is all tooo depressing. The afternoon tea looks very scrummy was it all low cal LOL. You are lucky to have blooms in the garden mine is very sad.

Quilt Hollow said...

My wool BOMs are still wrapped...I have guilt.

Oh how I would have loved that tea party!

Levin (and Emily) said...

it is hard, getting on with it, when so many are suffering. i almost feel guity that it's not me - but then i realise that one day it could be. the buddhists live each day - it's a good lesson for us all.
the morning tea looks yummy :)
l
x

Suzanne said...

The refershments looked yummy...what are the little pick ones?

I feel awful for your countrymen...we have sent money too, but I feel it is just not enough!

Suzanne said...

Thanks for posting on my blog...I'm trying the fix the "no reply" problem.

Stina said...

Hope this coming weeks will ease the horror you all have been going through... you are all in my thoughts!!
Love your new header...makes me smile and you know why...lol..
Gosh what a lovely table filled with all the lovely homemade cakes...
Take care...

Stephanie said...

Your blocks are looking so pretty. Now that is quite the spread of goodies. So what are lamingtons?

mellyandrosie said...

Hi Lorraine! Thanks so much for your bids on our auction last week =]
Those BOM blocks look fabulous and I hope your "return to normal" will be a relief after such a busy time!

Andrea said...

Yes -truly terrible. I recently found out I have quilting cousins in Oz. I have family in Tasmania and my auntie came over for a visit.

Cheryl said...

So heartbreaking all that has gone on in your part of the world.
Lovely blocks you have there!

Red Geranium Cottage said...

OMG those desserts look just yummy!!!! And all the tea cups lined up is so pretty.

joolzmac said...

Hello Granny Loz

Dropped by via Kris' blog. The fires have been horrific, so much devastation and sadness and loss. I have barely followed the disaster of flooding in Qld and I feel a bit guilty about that. Through our own company, we have donated generously to Red Cross Australia so I guess that RC will be helping out the flood victims also. I felt a guilty about blogging about day to day things, but then I thought, yes, life goes on and just thank my heavens above that we were spared this horrible fate this time. Anyhoo, enough of my ramblings - I will back track through your blog which looks rather interesting. Drop in and see me too.

Cheers - Joolz