A Great Weekend

We hope y’all had a great weekend wherever you are. We certainly did…due to a sudden invitation to do a Show and Tell about Laos Women’s Business as part of Kallaroo Alpaca Farm’s Open Weekend at the Kingscliff Nursery…and what a fantastic spot that is. Up there on the ridgeline looking across to the Pacific Ocean.Gotta love Australia !!Owner-operators Judy and Greg Barlow have been strong supporters of our Laos Projects since the very beginning…and I don’t think they would object to being described as a salt-of-the earth hardworking couple.

The place was brimful with couples with their small offspring…enjoying the autumnal weather…and of course the long-lashed, exquisitely soft-furred alpacas.

Gaggles of under-tens showed great interest in the operation of the spinning wheels patiently explained to them by members of the local Spinners and Weavers group…many of whom also use local plants and flowers to dye their hand-spun yarns they go on to weave, knit or crochet.The similarities with village life in Laos were so apparent to us.

And...over five hundred sausages!!! expertly bar-b-cued…were consumed…along with platefuls of a large variety of cakes and baby quiche.

Also...$300 was donated to the Rural Fire Service…and we did rather well too! with sales of fabrics and apparel…plus donations…adding $1350 to our severely depleted funds…all of which will go towards paying the soon to be required rental for the shop-house housing the Women’s Business School of Textile Arts. No sooner had we arrived home, somewhat tuckered out, than our dear friend and magic textile artist Ally Rubenstein turned up with two superb big cushions she had created from two pieces of fabric woven by the students at the School the sale of which will also help the funds. I find it impossible to remain calm while describing to you how she has transformed the weaver’s seemingly unerring eye for design and colour into pieces of beauty that have an immediate cross-cultural appeal brimming with authenticity.Immaculately lined, fitted with strong zippers then completed with top-class new filling the two pillows are a fine example of what we can do when we all of us work together.A JOY.

There is more good news but it has to wait as I have run out of words allowed by my in-house editor!BIG hugs….trish

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