Tuesday, October 29, 2013

The weekend to end women's cancers

Dearest Mom and Dad
Debs and I felt so privileged to have been part of this great cause. With the donations from family and friends the 1350 walkers raised a whopping Three and a half MILLION dollars!!!!
We decided to sleep in a hotel the night before - as usual, it was Debs who did all the organising!!


We had a wine and a light dinner - most disappointing meal !!

 
Next morning a bus collected us from the hotel..................


Arrived at the start and to a delicious breakfast.


A few people were dressed up - some wore t-shirts with photos of loved ones.................


Debs and I.................... ready to go!!


The route was well marked...................


Brisbane looked beautiful...................


Still looking and feeling ok - no blisters....YET!!


Honestly Mom, it was such a special event, the people along the way - children baked for, sprayed water on us, men had ice cold water for us. And I have never been so happy to see a Bikie at a intersection with a jar of Vaseline!!!!
The volunteers at the stations cheered us on, fed and watered us, and saw to our every need....................


We arrived at base camp - we were treated to facials, massages, stretching, food and the feet doctors - I needed them desperately!!
Our luggage was also waiting for our collection.


All the tents were set up.....................


Dinner, breakfast (both delicious) and the evening entertainment was held in this huge tent.
It was wonderful to hear from the researchers who will have the money at the disposal, to hear the moving stories from survivors............................my words are not enough.......................


Debs and I completed the walk in good time, together and very emotional. We enjoyed a vegetarian German sausage (who knew) and coke.  We then had a little rest on some bean bags provided by one of the sponsors.


We received our T-shirts....................


Participated in the very moving (we cried AGAIN) - in fact we did a lot of crying - and then we went home!!!!!
Debs and I recovered well - we were not stiff - but my blisters are shocking and I think I will definitely lose a toenail - if not more!!

 
I cannot begin to tell you how extraordinary the weekend was.
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Jenny

Thursday, October 24, 2013

All packed.....

Dearest Mom and Dad
Debs and I are doing our 60km walk this weekend!!!!
I wii call you on Monday!
Wish us luck!!!!
Xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Jenny





Saturday, October 19, 2013

Twins, a special gift, a quilt show and a pig on the beach..............

Dearest Mom and Dad
So, I popped into Marie and she informed me that she had a gift for me...................It was this beautiful vintage chenille bedspread............................


Oh my gosh...............

 
I was so taken aback - what a lovely, lovely unexpected gift - as you can see it is perfect condition.


We headed off to the Brisbane craft and quilt fair.................


Started off with a delish brekkie...................of course.


Lots to see and buy..............


This mini quilt out of Shweshwe fabrics - I loved..........


Jane and I posing for the camera.......................


This quilt is made of thousands of half in hexagons - I don't know how I felt about it.......................notice the stuffed shopping bags!!!


Jane multi tasking

 
 Came home with a few interesting goodies - especially the recycled sari yarn - turns out that the owner of this stall was from Durban.....................


Sue is now a NANA - to twin grand daughters - Georgia and Harriet - beautiful names - the babies were 6 weeks early - but they are doing so well and breathing on their own. So I HAD to pop in with some champagne.....................


Vaughn and I went to a market on Saturday - I wanted to buy all the baskets...........


I know I shouldn't say this - but I am quite partial to graffiti - especially if its good.............we saw this one near the markets...........


We shared a pretzel...................


On Sunday - as usual, we went to the beach...................


And we saw the most unusual sight - a pig swimming in the sea. George was quite fascinated - I mean, when do you get the chance to smell a pig's bum on the beach????

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

My busy week...............................

Dearest Mom and Dad
So, I got all my stuff back just in time to do a talk - The "Fat Quarters" in Maleny invited me to give a little chat about Crazy - Thanks to Cathy!!!!!


Debs came along to help me......................... for moral support......................not that I needed any as "The Fat Quarters" are the friendliest group of women...................

 
 .............................and to set up my stuff....................


........................more stuff...........................


I absolutely LOVE to show off my students work................... as Eleanor lived in Brisbane  I was never able to nab any of her work.  Now that she lives in Buderim, she was easy pickings!!!!!


Marie's wonderful runner is always a hit.....................


This is what I love about crazy - it draws people in...................


 .....................no wonder - look at Eleanor's beautiful stitching  ........................


Gwen's heart shaped cushion and Sue's bag.......................


As a thank you gift I received a potted plant - lets hope I don't kill this one!!! Debs was given this sweetest bunch of flowers - it looks perfect in the little jug I gave to her for her birthday. HMMMMMMM maybe I should have kept it....................


Mom and Dad, I must admit I was so surprised to see the email from Amazon showing my book on the watch list..................................... I was all alone - no-one to celebrate with.................

But then Debs sent me this photo of her having a celebratory drink for me...................and I felt better!

 
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Jenny

Sunday, October 13, 2013

I got my stuff back....

Dearest Mom and Dad

After being with the publishers for a whole year - it's lovely unpacking all my stuff - 3 boxes arrived on Friday - it felt like Christmas.......................

 
I had forgotten how many threads I sent over - no wonder I kept having to replenish my stocks........


Yay, I have missed wearing my Zulu bracelets...............


My Indian "influences"


Cushions etc.....................


Thimbles, scissors AND the elephant pincushion...................


Beading threads and coffee cup ....................


Pipe stand recycled ...........................


More threads and beads.......................


The African wall hanging Merryl gave me .................


My work..............................


I had forgotten how much time went into packing for the book - remember, it took TWO days!!! Absolutely everything had to be packed into their own bags and marked. Thank goodness I had Vaughn to do it for me - there were no mistakes!!!!!

 
 
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Jenny