25th April Anzac Day, which in Australia and New Zealand is a national day of remembrance. Services were held here, in our town at dawn this morning as well as at 10am. We attended the 10am service along with several hundred others of all ages which was so good to see. Serving members of the army, navy and air force carried the flags ahead of retired veterans. Children from all the local schools followed behind. Wreaths were laid, prayers were said and hymns sung. The vets were off then to enjoy a lunch at the local RSL and probably exchange stories and remember friends who are no longer with us. They are remembered!
I've been MIA again for a week here on the Blog.......It's been a busy month with visitors, Easter, Quilt Shows and the Soccer!
The Quilt show was good, with a really good crowd over the three days. A couple of good charities will benefit from the sale of raffle tickets for two beautiful quilts, so that's great. I did get a 'little' award for my quilt which was a huge surprise.
The Central Coast Mariners, our soccer team (well the team Walshie's Company sponsors) got through to the Finals again this year. They're a small club without a 'big name' player in the team but with a real family following. We 'had' to go back down for the Final which was held at the Allianz Stadium in Sydney. We drove down to the Central Coast on Saturday and met up with friends to catch a train down for the game on Sunday. What a fabulous day it was, so much fun to be in the packed stadium with an atmosphere that was like being back home! The Western Sydney Wanderers supporters were great, very vocal, singing and stamping, generally making a big noise. The Mariners supporters turned out in good numbers with quite a few children along as per most of their games.
Even after the Mariners won 2-0 most all the supporters stayed behind for the presentations and the party spirit continued until we boarded the trains for home. Whilst Ian worked Monday and Tuesday I managed some hand sewing and a little retail therapy :)
Home again Tuesday evening........... Now I need to settle back down, spend a little time in the garden tidying up before the winter settles in. I came home to some yummy new stamps, so I'll be busy with those .....for sure!
Back here tomorrow with AnnaBelle Stamps Friday Feature and this week we're featuring one of my favourite sets so I hope you can call past.
PS. I've added the Bloglovin button to my blog ready for when Google Reader finishes. I've switched all the blogs I follow over too. Are you getting ready? Will you go to Bloglovin? I hope you'll continue to follow this little corner of the blogersphere :)