My Poppy Weekend …

On the weekend I was lucky enough to take a mini road trip to Warrnambool with my bestie.  We left Melbourne early on Sunday morning (well in  truth not too early) and then had a nice leisurely drive down to Warrnambool (about 4 hours from Melbourne) and then on Monday morning I met with the poppy knitters at Warrnambool Library for a couple of hours.  We had a lovely morning, chatting, knitting, crocheted, exchanging stories and ideas.  So a big thank you to Lisa McDonald for organising … I look forward to seeing lots of pics of you poppy making exploits.  We came back though Hamilton with a short visit to  the library there … they are also organising poppy making workshops and collection through Jacinta Wareham.  It is so heartening to see so many local communities taking up the gauntlet and running with it.  Enjoy your poppy making ladies and gents.  Looking forward to seeing your contributions in due course.

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About 5000 Poppies

The 5000 Poppies Project is a community tribute of respect and remembrance for our servicemen and women, their families and their communities. Created in 2013 by sisters in law Lynn Berry and Margaret Knight in honour of their fathers service in WWII, the project has been closely aligned with the Centenary of Anzac 2014 to 2018, and has consisted of a number of small and large scale installations made from handcrafted poppies from many thousands of contributors from all over the world.
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4 Responses to My Poppy Weekend …

  1. Vera Rayson says:

    Love the photos. Looks like you all had a lot of fun. Great.

  2. Pauline James says:

    They are looking beautiful ladies ,our Inglburn Sub Branch women’s auxiliary have now made a 150 they are selling like hot cakes

    • 5000poppies says:

      Hi Pauline.
      Glad you are enjoying the poppy making. I am a however, concerned about selling them. The whole idea behind the project is to display our poppies as a community tribute to our service men and women for Anzac Day 2015. Marg and I decided that selling them (even after the display) would cut across the fund raising of those organisations who sell poppies to raise much needed funds for their support programs. So we agreed that we would not offer them for sale or allow them to be sold and would work at handing them on as an art installation.
      Lynn

  3. Vera Rayson says:

    Hi Lynn,
    regarding the sale of the poppies- I have to agree with you Lynn. Also handing them on as an art installation is a very good idea. I would stop the poppy making if they were to be sold. After they (the poppies) done their job of respecting and remembering those who made this country what it is today, they should then be enjoyed by as many people as possible.
    Regards
    Vera

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