Friday, 1 May 2020

A time of reflections

It has certainly been a great time of reflection these past few weeks during this period of semi-isolation. I say "semi" as we have never had total lockdown in our state. Life is certainly different and one day we did visit one of our major shopping centres to get some essentials. It was quite eerie and incredibly sad to see so many businesses shut and one wonders how they will ever recover. The car park was strangely empty as well and often we drive around for up to 10 minutes looking for a park. It was rare to see a shop open but with strict rules for entering it was nice to see.......
 

 We feel so blessed to live in Australia and our hearts go out to friends overseas especially in the UK and US who aren't so lucky. We have had 8 days straight with no new cases in our state and in fact our total number of national deaths (as of today), seems minuscule compared to the rest of the world......
I can't seem to get my head around 63,000+ deaths just in the US alone. One can become desensitised by the daily statistics but it does leave me with a feeling of despair. So while we reflected on this current world heartache we were also reflecting a different kind of loss. April 25th is Anzac Day in Australia and New Zealand where we remember the loss of life from war. My late Dad has been mentioned often on this blog for his service in Bomber Command and he often shared the devastating loss of over 55,000 just from the Air Force alone during WW2. So I decided the night before Anzac Day to make a poppy wreath from felt and a coat hanger (thankyou Jude - I knew this felt would come in handy! x)........
Because Anzac Day events were cancelled this year we were all encouraged to light candles in remembrance and to meet on our driveways at dawn. Emily got the kiddies involved too this year and the end result was very reflective adorning their home.......

 And Anzac Day meant Emily was off to her nursing job......
 Helen in the UK always remembers us on Anzac Day as well as she flies the Australian flag from her home in Devon (and what a lovely view she has too) - thankyou Helen x............
Larry and I are quite well adjusted to having time on our own and I have continued to be productive having now made 13 quilt tops for hospice. They only need to be 48-50 inches square so not too enormous! Faye sends me photos after she has quilted and bound them so I feel very lucky. It is so easy to just make the tops when someone else does the quilting. All the fabrics have been from my stash so that has been great. Someone gave me some panels some years ago so that was a quick way to whip up a quilt............

 Some quick and easy piecing.........



 And the donated panels are now assembled and the quilt complete.......
Below is one quilt top I am not so fond of. I decided to pick out a couple of the colours in the busy print using the orange and blue but it doesn't really do it for me now they are together! It will hopefully keep someone's knees warm.....
 Yellow and blue seem to always work and I'd been missing my appliqué so I drew up an orange peel design.......
I had some leftover pieces from a quilt I made many years ago so I cut up multiple squares and triangles and I am really happy with this result. I have now cut out another batch of random brights to make one or two more similar quilts.....amazing how random and unplanned blocks can work.........
 But I have needed some help with the fabric cutting as my jolly hand is still misbehaving. I am so lucky to have such a willing cutter! And the hand let me down twice this past week during my cooking endeavours.  I forget that the hand is still so numb and has no strength so the cookies one day and then dinner one night took a dive downwards!!......

 While life is different we have still be caring for little Wade one day a week so we feel very lucky to have continued this precious time with him. I still can't believe this little chap arrived 12 weeks early and weighed just 1kg! I snuck a reflective peek through the window of the two of them at the sand pit.......
The reflections at night have changed in our new kitchen now that we have spotlights installed and I love how the mirror opposite adds to the mood......

I'll be back again in a few days as I have some wonderful quilts to share from others and also some gifts I received in the post. I will leave you with these final reflections that are evolving in our garden right now. We are seeing the entire life cycle all at once and it is so nice to see nature surviving through the current sadness in our world............


5 comments:

  1. I'm glad your country was not as bad off as the East Coast of the US and the major population centers there but so much of the rest of the US was more like your whole country. In my state of Arkansas we have had slightly more than 3,000 cases now and about 60 deaths, I don't remember the accurate amount and this coming week we will start to have some places opening again. In my county alone we have had 43 cases at the most so far and most have recovered and no deaths. Still I will be hesitant to get back to normal. Some things open on Monday with limited contact and amount of people in buildings and then each week more join the list - and all this will depend on what happens and hope there won't be steps back.

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  2. And your monarch photos remind us some things do not change.

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  3. Thanks to your recommendation I'm doing semi isolation with Fiona MacCarthy's William Morris biography. I ordered it from the library and it arrived the day the libraries shut! Almost 1/4 of the way through (he's just built the Red House) - I can see why you think it's good. Many thanks.

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  4. Michele you always have an abundance of pictures and that is wonderful. Wade is a doll
    Actually, the blue and orange quilt is very attractive/ the lighter fabrics kind of make the orange and blue spots sparkle/ I was immediately attracted to it.
    I adore reading your blog.
    Here in Northern Virginia, we live far west in Loudoun County, near Harpers Ferry. I have to say our county has been spared. Everyone here has been so obedient, so careful. I am grateful because I could not handle my dad or hubbs getting sick at all.
    Keep on going. I just so much enjoy reading your blog

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  5. You have been busy Michele, there has been a positive side to this situation, by not being able to go out as much I have been able to catch up on some unfinished projects and have started the William and May sampler quilt. Wade is growing so fast and we have all watched him grow from a tiny little baby to a gorgeous boy , you are wonderful grandparents to your little ones.
    Take care and stay safe xxxxxxx

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