What an amazing, enormous day we had yesterday putting up our display. We were so tired by the time we got home that I just could not lift a finger to the keyboard. It was so much fun …. and we are thrilled with the result. Marg and I must acknowledge Sue Egglestone and Anette McCrae for their help. Many others offered but the area was simply too small to accommodate more … and as it turned out … despite being a very big and very full day … it was enough.
So … firstly … we must thank all of you who contributed poppies … large and small amounts … all incredibly heartfelt and all very much cherished. This is your project … your tribute … your contribution, and Marg and I thank you from the bottom of our hearts. There are also special thanks due to Ian and Pennie Cornwell, Margaret Battisson, Tim Lewis and Stuart Todd for the props and also Norma Gallacher for the loan of the wonderful memoir written by Janet Woolhouse which is sitting on the table. We must also thank Fed Square for getting firmly behind the project … and giving us the space to show off … and they are thrilled with the outcome as are we.
We also had a visit from Ted Baillieu, Member for Hawthorn who is also Chairman of the Victorian Anzac Commemoration Committee (forgive me if I got that wrong). He heard about the project from a friend of his (who had contributed poppies to the project) and just had to come and have a look … he phoned his good friend Neil Mitchell at 3AW and we did a very brief interview on the project which ended up giving us a massive amount of hits on the blog. Ted thinks we are thinking too small and expects that we will have 500,000 poppies for ANZAC Day 2015. That would be an interesting outcome to say the least. So a fantastically successful day in all.
Last but certainly not least, we have Poppy Playtime in Fed Square on Monday. We would love it if you would come along and join us for a couple of hours to knit, crochet and chat … and of course see our handiwork first hand. It really is worth the visit. 12 midday until 2 p.m. See you there.