Marg and I have had a wonderful overnight stay in the incredibly picturesque Bendigo working on the display for Fed Square for next month. We also called into say hi to Ann at the Bendigo Woollen Mills (who needs any other reason to go to Bendigo) who had sent her first batch of poppies in only last week … so we were really pleased to meet another one of our sisters in craft. For Bendigo locals, Ann is handing out patterns left right and centre so we really want to thank Ann for being a brilliant 5000 Poppies Ambassador. While we were there we had a chat with a few of her customers which was also lovely. Dinner at the Dispensary was definitely a highlight … but the main aim of the weekend was to get away to finalise the installation details.
So … this week’s poppy haul was massive : 518 poppies in total with contributions from Karen Boulden of Fitzroy North Vic, Jennifer Luscombe, Sandra Marczenko, Anette McRae, Lucy D’Ambrosio, Patricia Strong of Caulfield East, Murial Harmer from the Combined Lower Templestowe Ladies Craft Group, Diane Collyer of Ferntree Gully Vic, Nance Dawson from the Tongala Womens Auxiliary RSSAILA, Kerang RSL Ladies Auxiliary including Susan Watt, Kerang Vic. D. Gardiner, Kerang Vic, Ann Thomas, Bendigo Vic (Bendigo Woollen Mills), Valerie Zegers, Wallan Vic, Debra Fitzpatrick, Thorneside Qld, Diane Spoiers, Aisha Mary Ryan, June Fillingham, & Jacqui Piper from the Willows Branch QCWA, Ingrid Beatton of Rochedale Qld, Mary Pearson, Eaglehawk Vic, Lynette Willey, Drysdale Vic, Lindy Newton, Sandy Bay Tas and my wonderful mother-in-law Setsuko Berry.
Marg and I cannot thank you enough for your wonderful (and in many cases continuing) support. Keep them coming. We are having delusions of grandeur here.
The image is of Marg and our first of many strings of poppies for the display.