Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Kind people

Wouldn't the world be a wonderful place if we were all kind to each other? I was reminded of this today when I received a package (Yes, Australia Post actually delivered!). This gift was an unexpected reward from the wonderful Superior Threads company and all because they had seen my post about using their threads and needles here! I mentioned a few other brands too but what an incredible surprise to get an email from one of the company bosses to say thankyou! I was offered a $5 voucher but within a few hours it was upgraded to a $50 one!! So I have my most favourite needles stocked up and a brand new Superior Thread holder. I do like to use thread stands for my quilting and appliqué and this one is multipurpose so I can't wait to put it to use. Thankyou so much 'Dr Bob' (and I have your thread therapy DVD as well!), and to 'Mother Superior' and vice president Todd……you have one very happy appliqué girl 'down under' and I am proud to share it here……….


 So as I was enjoying the warm feeling of someone being kind  it made me think of all the kind people I have met in my life. It was my late Mum who always told me to treat people as you would like to be treated and it is a practice I do try to uphold…...
So then I started looking around and everywhere are gifts that have been given to me purely as "random acts of kindness" or simple thank you gifts from students in classes to people I've showed around Adelaide. Thank-you to each and everyone of you who have been so kind. I know there are more tucked in drawers but this was my first brief look…….
 A lovely lady from New Zealand who made knitted rabbits for Beau and Maisie - but guess what…they are living with me for when the little ones visit!!
 This is my most recent kind gift which some girls purchased right in front of me and I did not know about (and behind it a treasured gift of a finely stitched lace doily) ….
I've received several thimbles as gifts (Morris of course!)…...

 Kind cards in the mail some months ago to wish us well in our new home……...
 an incredible kind award from dear friends in my Guild………..
 Then there are the kind shops who stock my fabrics and books……

And a kind shop owner who even made me a purse from my fabrics which I use everyday for my 'lippy'!….
 The kind people who come and listen to me rave on about my Morris obsession…..
 no matter how disabled they might be………
And when they take the trouble to bring quilts they have made from my books - I think that is kind…..
 A cushion in my fabrics from the other side of Australia which adorns my bed every day…..
 The kind people that make Sanctuaries so others can have time out and just chill….well keep warm here in this pic!

 Art Gallery curators that are kind and make time to share our love (of all things Morris!)…..
Maple syrup from our friends in Canada and also from their trees!!……..
The kindness of friends making me a surprise quilt on my 50th birthday eight years ago (goodness a 60th in two years - yipee!). 
A recent kind gift from Ann-Marie of Beautiful Stitches……
 Now this has to be the most heroic act of kindess that my late Dad shared.  As many of you know I am a proud daughter of a man who served in the Pathfinder Force of Bomber Command in WW11 and survived more ops than he should have. Captain Ted Swales photographed here did the ultimate act of kindness - he saved his entire crew, including my Dad but sadly lost his life in the process. Little comfort to his family but he was awarded a posthumous Victoria Cross for that act of kindness which you can read about here.
 I recently purchased a replica model of the Lancaster plane and Beau was entranced by it all and the photos. So I found some more and they are now displayed in the hallway. I did not know that Dad had written on the back of one of the photos though…….incredible………

 He had written on the back the following: 
"Our crew had a phobia about having our photo taken while on operations. At 11am on the morning of February 23rd 1945 the squadron photographic section talked us into having a crew photo taken in front of our aircraft, M for Mother. At 2306 that evening, we were dangling at the end of parachutes with the exception of the pilot who went in with his plane and was awarded a posthumous VC. That photo has now become history and appeared in numerous books and publications. It has even been blown up in size and is an exhibit at the Bomber Command Museum at Hendon in the UK" 
 And I am so grateful to Dad for taking the time to keep the photo and also record this important piece of history. And of course to Captain Ted Swales - the ultimate act of kindness and he was only 29…...

So to continue this theme of being kind it seems only right to share the kindness of Helen from Whitecroft tours who recently sent me left over mugs from the tours so some lucky people have received one as a gift……
 She also sent me some of the silk scarves with one of my Morris patterns on it. So to return a kind act I am giving away one of them. They are of the highest quality silk and hand rolled and stitched and you hardly feel like it is on you as it is so light. They are made by Beckford Silk in the UK, suppliers of scarves for museums and galleries and retail for 45-55 British pounds which today is about $90. So leave a comment and Larry will do a lucky draw. The rest are for sale if you are interested - there are only three so make me an offer and highest bid receives! (And thanks Helen for your true kindness) xx

So lets make the world a better place by all being kind and thanks Superior Threads for starting the ripple!






Monday, 6 October 2014

A hectic week

Am I home and slowing down? It would appear not but at least I am home! A couple of weeks ago I had the privilege of showing Alison and Malcolm from New Zealand a little of Adelaide to see some of our William Morris sights. It was a wonderful day and this past week I did it again three times! We start at the Art Gallery of South Australia to see a small selection of our Morris collection and then if Carrick Hill is open we head there with a quick visit to view the Morris stained glass windows at St Augustines on the way. During the past week I've escorted 8 more interstate devotees of Morris and the most recent visit to Carrick Hill included some interior photos which I did not think we were allowed to take. Much of the furniture dates back to the 16th century and to see that in Australia in this setting is sensational with the original Morris wool curtains of course………...




 The highlight is the three different embroidered John Henry Dearle designed panels. Photography was a little tricky as it is all behind glass but you can see a little here…………











Last week I had a wonderful reunion with the May Morris embroidery devotee Nicola Jarvis from the UK. Nicola was our teacher at the Royal Needlework School on the recent May Morris tour and she was here in South Australia for an embroidery event. So Carrick Hill was on the agenda (for a meeting for the 2017 event!) so some photographic memories were mandatory…….. 





 We also had a full day with Nicola and David yesterday concluded with dinner at home. The weather was beautiful so with Spring in the garden all was well………



My late Mother's irises have to be at least 30 years old. I dug them up when she died 6 years ago and they bloomed for 26 years in our previous home, for 2 years in the townhouse and now they are settled and blooming again in our new home!…..
 So it has been a very busy but rewarding week showing off our wonderful home town. I will conclude with the latest photo of Miss Maisie and the little shoes that Auntie Sophie found for her at a market yesterday……and made with William Morris fabric as well!
Hope all is well in your world xx