At times it felt like we would never make it …

And then all of a sudden we are here.

Day one of planting has been amazing and quite surreal.

When you have worked towards something for such a long time, and then it is upon you … you feel strange … really weird … it’s like an out of body experience.

The reality hasn’t hit yet … but yesterday nearly 16,000 of 62,000 poppies were put into the ground, … calculations were checked and rechecked and found to be perfect … that’s down to our Phillip (Phillip Johnson Landscapes) and Vaughn.

Our volunteers are absolutely committed to the cause, and were incredibly grateful to be part of this wondrous event … I wonder if they still feel the same way this morning … the day after day one.  There will be many sore, stiff and aching bodies … the ground is like granite in some places.

Day 2 is about to begin … limber up those joints at exercises this morning people … another three hour shift ahead of you.  Take it easy … it’s not a race … we have plenty of time to get it done and plenty of volunteers itching to be here with us.

P.S.  Sunscreen mandatory … it’s hot out there even when it’s not … that sun is ferocious and …

P.P.S.  highly recommending a visit to our resident Masseur and Exercise Physiologist  Frank who has also volunteered his time to be with us … and who does wonderful work with sore hands, sore feet, sore backs, sore legs ….

P.P.P.S.  And not forgetting the fantastic breakfast rolls and coffee from our resident barista Jon Ling.  Most of us would not have survived the day without him.



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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