The days seem to be rushing by in a flurry of Chelsea related activity. The minutiae involved in pulling this all together is astonishing … for the most part it’s Vaughn, Phillip Johnson’s project manager who is juggling all the balls. So with just on a month to go until we head off and 38 days I believe until the show opens … there is constant movement.This week we had a wonderful turnout for the farewell from the Victorian Parliament for the poppies. In stunning sunshine … we sat for the cameras on the steps of Parliament House. It was fun for us … who have worked with the poppies for so long now, to be able to enjoy our day in the sun … and to see the poppies weaving their magic on our politicians and the general public. There were tears shed … it is a very moving tribute … and the Parliament House backdrop was amazing. And it was a huge bonus that there was a reception at Parliament for our Vietnam Veterans on that day so we had an opportunity to talk to them about the project … although most of them knew about the project … to see them close up was wonderful.
Our photographer Clare Takac’s images are spectacular and I can now tick another dream off my poppies list. Shrine of Remembrance 2013 … TICK, Anzac Day 2015 Fed Square and Princes Bridge …. TICK and TICK, Melbourne International Flower Show … TICK, Parliament House steps … TICK. RHS Chelsea Flower Show …. COMING SOON.
And then there is the ongoing dream … Western Front …. WATCH THIS SPACE, Anzac Day match, MCG Melbourne 2018 … STILL A DREAM and Australian War Memorial Remembrance Day 2018 … STILL A DREAM. Lots of planning and scheming yet to be done post Chelsea. Of course in between those times we have loaned our beautiful poppies to a number of organisations to support their own local commemorative efforts, and will continue to do so where we can. That’s all part of the dream too!!!