It was a depressing day at school on Friday……school camp had to be cancelled due to the unforgiving monsoonal rains, and the students were not happy!
Floodwaters rise in the north Queensland town of Cardwell, just weeks after Cyclone Yasi hit the region. March 8, 2011. (Supplied: Lindsay Hallam) Photo courtesy of http://www.abc.net.au/news/
We had planned to travel to Lake Tinaroo on the Atherton Tablelands in Far North Queensland on Monday, in two buses with sixty-five 11-12 year old children. They were quite unhappy when we told them, but we’d checked the weather……more than ten times and the road conditions had been studied carefully, and whichever way we’d planned to go, the roads were cut in at least 3 or 4 places. I was not happy either, because I love school camps!!….despite the ‘being on duty 24 hours a day’ tiredness that sets in after about 2 days, they are always so much fun……after 20 years of teaching and with at least 10 camps under my belt, I haven’t got bored with them yet! So to ease the disappointment (for all of us), I told my students to imagine how terrible it would be being stuck on the highway due to the floodwaters, and then trying to turn back and finding the roads had flooded behind us. Not only that, but they’d be stuck with 6 grumpy teachers, no food, only the water in their bottles, high humidity, wet bodies and mosquitoes!!!! They soon realised that it was the ONLY decision that could have been made and they’re happy we are now going in October!!!……It made me feel much better about it too!!!!
Ah well, it’s probably a good thing….I have so much work to catch up on!!!!! And then I got home and was blessed with some parcels that the lovely PO lady had put aside for me!
These are just a few of the 8…..aren’t they super gorgeous!!?? I had initially thought these would make a couple of special tote bags but when they arrived…..they spoke to me and said….”we want to be made into a cutesy table topper!!!!” Who could argue with that??? LOL
The other parcel contained some wonderful fabric I’d purchased online from the US of A. A half yard set of mixed fabrics…some Wee Woodland by Keiki for Moda, Robert Kauffman’s Daisies and Dots, Metro Cafe and Wild Friends, Michael Miller’s Ta Dot, Baby Safari by Benartex and Alexander Henry’s Caitlin Stripes. There were some more but they weren’t labelled and I don’t know what they’re called!!!!!!
They came packed with a couple of special yummy goodies…. a pen, ribbon and…
…the most beautiful hot chocolate mix…..it didn’t hang around for long…. it was yummmmmmmmm…….burp!!!!!! LOL
Because I didn’t have to pack for camp, I finished my first set of birthday gifts….remember in my last post, I showed you these??
Well, here’s the rest of it….
This apron is from Leanne Beasley’s pattern “No. 072 Apron Strings”.
….and yes……my mother-in-law loved it!!!!
XXX Wendy :0)