Sunday, February 8, 2009

200th Post

I'd intended to celebrate my 200th post with something cheery - a bit of eye-candy and a giveaway - but I've been watching the news with tears on my cheeks and a sickening knot rising in my stomach.

I feel that for me to NOT acknowledge the tragedy of this weekend's bushfires (and to prattle endlessly about craft) would be fraudulent. My heart breaks every time I see or hear the news about the continuing devastation and the rising death toll, and I find it hard to get excited about trite things like my nearly finishing a pattern.

Safe in my inner-Melbourne home (and today in my studio), my weekend looked mostly like this..

and this...
I've been working hard at it and getting some results. Eye-candy will follow. Oh, and a giveaway.
But right now I can't think much about anything except heartfelt sympathy for people who have lost everything, including family members, neighbours and friends.

11 comments:

Nikkers said...

Awful news. Your heart just goes out to those living such a nightmare of devastation and loss.

Bloom said...

I am feeling just like you. It somehow seems inappropriate to talk about stitching today when others are suffering so much.

Helen said...

It is just terrible isn't it? So sad to hear of all that loss and heartache.

trashalou said...

So sad.

willywagtail said...

You are right. I think all Victorian bloggers (and some others too) feel the same. Cherrie

Columbia Lily said...

I follow 8 or 9 Australian bloggers and have been thinking about you all since I saw the news. Hope you and yours stay safe.

Marty said...

We get to experience that in Montana during our summer, too. One time I could see the flames from my house! Too too sad-hopefully you'll get some rain soon.

Tinniegirl said...

A lovely post Nikki. I haven't been able to go near my blog. What can one possibly say?

mayaluna said...

I've been watching the news and thinking about you. Glad to hear your safe. So much loss. My hear goes out to everyone touched by this tragedy. Stay well.

Kirsty said...

It's just heartbreaking.

Anonymous said...

Great post Nikki. Not a dry eye anywhere. These fires have consumed everyones lives in one way or another. I know it's hard to think about but have an idea for a comp. We bloggers make and send to you a bag or soft toy which you could then donate to Red Cross to distribute???? Some how you could choose one that inspires you as the winner?? Thanks for your little rays of blogshine! ox