and Kaye Grey who is on holidays from Melbourne...
One of the nicest surprises I had was the visit by one of our recipients from 2013 with her cute little fellow.
Jess even brought her gorgeous quilt to show me. It was made by Ann V and quilted by Belinda! She just loves it and said her boys use it to snuggle with all the time on the sofa.
Some of the people who really understand and appreciate what we do when they hear the story of Aussie Heroes are our Vietnam Veterams. On Saturday I had the pleasure of telling one of them our Aussie Hero story. We had a great chat and at the end of it he shook my hand very warmly and thanked me for what I do and then handed me a donation. It was a very special moment for me.
On Sunday these two lovely ladies dropped in, Val M on the left, and Marianne on the right. They both surprised me with little gifts.
Val's gift really made me laugh though. If you are not on Facebook you would not know that the entire Broncos team was on my flight!!! and there I was with no patches, no pigma pen and not even a piece of paper to ask for their signatures. Bummer!! I could not believe it!!! Val has made sure that I will never again be in the same predicament. She has made me a special pouch, with my name on it, that contains some patches already cut and a pigma pen!! I should never again be caught short!
Great Job Val!!
I also missed getting photos of another recipient Tanya and her gorgeous boy, Fionn. It was so lovely of them to drop in. Tanya will be attending Exercise Stone Pillow this year and will be promoting Aussie Heroes there so I have given her a quilt to use as a display and will be sending her some patches and pens to gather signatures for a quilt.
Sophie is another of our quilters who popped in to say hello and to my shame, I forgot to get her photo. I can't tell you how nice it is to be able to put faces to names when you have only dealt with people by emails. Sophie was also the first person to respond to my request for some family military story posts and her post about her mother will go up this week.
One of the serving members I met on the night has also "volunteered" to do some writing for me as well and has already sent me his first post. Awesome!
Lenore, one of the members of the Rosewood Quilters Group, sent me home with a quilt for Aussie Heroes. Her's is the one on the left in the picture below.