Well, I am back in Sydney and back to a normal routine and I did promise to tell you about the weekend away so here it is in brief. Most of these photos were shared on Facebook while I was away so if you have already seen them please bear with me. Now I will fill in some of the details.
This was my in flight reading. I waited till I got to the airport to grab a book, mainly because I got distracted as I was getting ready to leave and also the taxi came early so I forgot to grab one of the many unread books I have sitting at home. I actually really like to read books about Afghanistan. As one mother said, it is an interesting read when you have a family member deployed over there, and I know just what she means. I am half way through this book and really enjoying it. The reason I have a good selection of unread books to choose from at home is that I have not read a book since I started Aussie Heroes - no time - and my challenge will now be to finish this one.
As luck would have it Angela found herself (or positioned herself) next to a fellow in Army uniform while she waited for me. Turns out he was there to collect a Brigadier and he didn't know anything about AHQ ..........until Angela filled him in. I passed him one of my business cards while we waited for our luggage............you just never know who might be interested.
Once back at Angela's, I checked into my accommodation - Angela's Chook Shed. Jealous much? Me too! This is her sewing cabin!!! Complete with very comfy sofa bed, TV, coffee (or in my case hot chocolate) making facilities and an ensuite! Naturally her stash, sewing machine and cutting table are in there too. The perfect accommodation for a travelling quilter!!! There were even chocolates on the pillow - my very favourite ones too! YUM!
I am not going to tell you everything we got up to as I did actually have some time off from Aussie Heroes while I was away, but we managed to squeeze in a quick trip to East Coast Fabrics where I met the Manager, Jenny, and where I managed to snap up some bargains! If you live anywhere near this shop, CHECK IT OUT!!! The staff are so friendly and helpful ........and the prices!!! Wish it was closer to me!
After visiting East Coast Fabrics, Angela and I were visited by Sammie, Sandra and Jan. I cannot believe that I did not get my camera out but we were busy talking, admiring babies, quilts and laundry bags. Sammie is the wife of one of our recipients and it was so lovely to meet her and her two gorgeous little ones. I can just imagine how much Dad misses seeing those two little cherubs! Sammie's husband received my ANZAC Day Challenge Laundry Bag.
Sandra's quilts have started to appear on the blog in recent months. She was reading through the Australian Patchwork and Quilting Magazine when she found our article and she has been sewing for us solidly ever since! These are two that she brought along on Saturday.
Oops, can't imagine how this photo got in there! This is our young Aussie Hero Friend, and Angela's daughter, Amy.
And finally I did promise you a photo of us in our 80's costumes! I actually remember wearing tops like the one Angela is wearing, complete with the shoulder pads and beads. Oh the horror. I do not remember ever wearing shirts like the one I am wearing but I am sure other people did.
I am actually quite grateful, having researched the era in order to find something to wear, that I spent the bulk of the 80's, from January 1982 in UNIFORM! This is what I really looked like in the early 80's - check out the perm. Thankfully wearing uniform meant no horrendous 80's fashion for the office every day and so no photos of the same! And for those of you in the know, look! I was just a little boggy or bog rat! That means Pilot Officer to the uninitiated! LOL
I received a few messages from other Brisbane-ites who would have liked to meet up while I was there but there wasn't time. I will be coming back however! I have travel plans for late November which will include being in Brisbane on Saturday the 30th of November. Note that date in your diary if you are anywhere near Brisbane, or if you can get to Brisbane, as we are going to have an Aussie Heroes Dinner! Venue, time and details to be confirmed but that date is set so make note of it. There will also, POSSIBLY be a dinner in Sydney but that date it yet to be confirmed.
And now it is back to work for me. There is a sewing day tomorrow and I have lots to do to get ready for it so I will bid you adieu.
Till next time ................keep spreading the word and happy stitching! JMxx