Five lovely Aussie Hero Friends met for the first time in Perth for morning tea yesterday, four of them staying on for lunch. From left to right we have
Stephanie, Jo, Liz, Beth, and Nancy.
Isn't it great to put faces to names!
Do not post them to me please.
For some reason Caroline doesn't want her address plastered all over the internet - chicken!
Please email Caroline for the postal address. firstname.lastname@example.org
All blocks need to be in the post in time to reach me at PO Box 248, Cherrybrook NSW 2126
So just to reiterate - SSAE to Caroline - email her for the address
and finished blocks to me - PO Box 248 Cherrybrook NSW 2126.
And now for the Happy Mail.
My name is XXXXXX & I am currently based here in freezing cold Tarin Kowt in Afghanistan. I am in the Australian Army & have been here for nearly 3 weeks.
Today I received some mail from you with your fantastic hand made quilt & some other goodies in it. Thank you so very much for the quilt. it is getting really cold here now with much snow on the outlying hills. I was just speaking to my partner XXXXX about how chilly I was getting at night, then I got your great gift. So it was great timing.
Both the hat & stubbie cooler will come in handy for Christmas as I believe that we will get to have 2 beers for the day. The Tim Tams however , will be lucky to make it through to next week. Its amazing what you miss when you are away.
I normally live in adelaide with my partner & our 2 lovely kids. I know how hard it is to be away from family at this time of year as it is my 2nd away in 3 years. I hope you get to see your children & grandkids & spoil them rotten.
Thank you once again, the quilt will come in very handy indeed. I will try & get a photo of all the boys here in the workshop with your wonderful gift. I know it will keep me warm & will return home to Australia with me as a treasured gift.
Thanks once again,
The next two ladies both heard from the same lovely sailor and received very similar emails so I am just sharing the first one.
Hey Cat, my name is XXXXX but everyone calls me XXX. I'm the sailor that you made the quilt for, and may I say I think I've received the best quilt on our ship so far. As your aware I'm currently serving on HMAS ANZAC on patrol in the Middle East Area of Operation. In addition to my main job I'm also a member of the ships Boarding team, which involves our ship boarding and searching marine boats in our patrol area which we believe could be used in illegal activity. All in all I have a very busy 5months away so far. I live in XXXXXX and will be returning to Australia in late Jan.
I would just like to say thankyou very much for the quilt that you made for me. I love it. Fits my rack perfectly. As I said earlier in my opinion its the best one I've seen on our ship. Love the Australian theme. In addition thank you for the treats that you sent as well. It really filled my day with excitement receiving your package. I understand that it must have taken you a while to make this quilt and I just want to say that it really does mean a lot to hear from people back home saying that we're making a difference. Its really nice knowing that people back home are thinking of not just our sailors but the whole Defence Force that is serving up here. It really does mean a lot so Thank you Cat.
Hopefully you haven't been waiting to long for this email, I hope you enjoy the photo as much as I enjoy your quilt.
Thankyou once again Cat.
This is the laundry bag that Cheryl R made for him. Perfect for a sailor huh!
My package arrived today. I had been told that when I first ordered a quilt and laundry bag that a lady I knew had taken on the job. I had no idea it was Donna. And to think she had already decided to do this when my order arrived - within 12hrs.
and another for Donna
As there is no Thursday post this week here is the list of those who have, according to my records, posted something off so far this week.
Caz and JMB
As always - if you are not on the list and should be please let me know. Also, photos need to be in no later than 9pm Thursday to be included in the Friday post and this week I will not be sitting in a hotel room with unpredictably slow internet so it shouldn't be a problem to get them loaded.
Till next time ....................keep spreading the word and happy stitching!