Saturday 12 March 2011

Unlucky for some….


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!

A woman holding an umbrella stands in floodwaters as rain falls in Cardwell. March 8, 2011. 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 

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!

The lovely Sandy sent me these gorgeous panels as a prize I won in the Blog Hop.




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… 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!!!!

sugary hugs

XXX Wendy  :0)


Joy McD said...

What a shame the trip didn't work out - I can't believe you have had yet more rain! It seems to be never ending...
Love the panels and the aprons :)

Quiltingranny said...

Wow! That fabric sure looks familiar! I love your humor with the kids, aren't they awesome??

Jess @ Scrappy n Happy said...

Pity about the trip not going ahead, but the lovelies at the post office must have softened the blow!

Marilyn said...

Oh dear! They would have been so disappointed, but your handling of it sounds like it convinced them October will be better.
Love your panels, and well done with the apron.

Allie said...

Awww....stupid rain. I'm glad the kids understood, though. You sure got some lovely mail Wendy - love those panels! The apron is gorgeous, I'm not surprised she loved it!

Vickie said...

hindsight says glad the rain came before oyu had left to go to school the fabric win is gorgeous and yes I believe it spoke to you,cheers Vickie

Peg - Happy In Quilting said...

The kids would have been all those panels Wendy.....and the apron is gorgeous....

Joy said...

Wendy it's a shame the camp was postponed ... but now the kids have something really exciting to look forward to in October .... AND, you get to catch up on some quilting fun :o)!!! Just love those panels you won, they are just adorable, they will make a gawjus tabletopper!!!
Love the apron too ... bet your MIL just loves you to bits :o).
Love n hugs,
Joy :o)

Gloria J W said...

Happy days...the apron is just so sweet...and I love the panels to bits.
Hugs Gloria

Vicki ♥ said...

Its such a shame the camp was cancelled...maybe soon it can be organised again.
Love all the goodies you got...lots of yummyness. I thinka table topper will be just the thing for those panels. Lovely!!
hugs Vicki xxx