and lovely spread of tea and cake was offered. Bridget, Joan and I were given a tour of the ship by Glenn S, a very informative and knowledgeable seaman. It is really quite an experience to see how the personnel and hardware go into making it all work and pull together. They are all exceptional men and women. It makes me very proud to be Australian!
The CO told us how morale boosting it was when they received our parcels and thanked AHQ profusely for all of our contributions! Jan- Maree was on form as usual and was warmly thanked by all the recipients as she handed out the laundry bags.....
lots of hugs....and some tears!
The visit encourages me to do my 2-3 quilts and maybe laundry bags each year. It was good to meet other quilters too and from such a wide area of the Eastern Coast.
Hot coffee and tea and hot pastries and biscuits were available and much appreciated as it was quite a cool day.
They just can hardly believe it and it means so much to them - you can see it in their faces and with the respect that they treated us. The captain said there is such an increase in productivity and moral when the parcels arrive, that he is very grateful to us for it.
They showed each other what they had received, including a letter, laughed and cried and clutched those bags to them closely. If you made a laundry bag for this purpose, know that you could have hardly done anything better with your time!
the joy, the smiles, the expressions of “look at mine” “what have you got?” was heartwarming. My escort was kind enough to express his disappointment at not receiving a bag made by me but was full of joy and appreciation of the bag he received.
Till next time..... keep spreading the word and happy stitching!