Well, it's all over. A week of family celebrations and the unique joy that brings. The photo above is me and my sister, Tricia. The photo was taken yesterday just before she flew back to Sydney and I went to work. We spent a week together and I thoroughly enjoyed every second of it. I wrote recently that with age comes confidence but age also brings with it the need to draw your family and friends close and to celebrate important milestones. I am lucky to have the family I have and with each passing year, I realise with more certainty, how blessed I am to have them.
Tricia gave me some beautiful birthday gifts - one of them is pictured above. It's a 1940s sewing basket and it will now sits beside my chair in the loungeroom holding my sewing and knitting. We replaced the lining, as it was worn and tattered, but used the same colour pink satin fabric. Inside the original lining was this cardboard. It's from a box and on it is typed: "18/3/36 Mr Brierley, 3rd Fl, 109 Pitt Street, Sydney." The box was from Rogers Bros, Dyers and Cleaners. What a lovely find! Obviously, nothing was thrown away during WW2 and this cardboard box from 1936 was given a new life inside the lining of a 1940s sewing basket and now it sits in my loungeroom. Naturally, Tricia tucked the old cardboard inside the new lining.
I love finding things like that, real pieces from the past that remind me to recycle, save, be frugal and wise with the resources I have. And I love the basket. It's practical and beautiful and a constant reminder of a non-disposable world.
I have to apologise to everyone who is waiting for a reply to an email. I will reply but I'm hopelessly behind with them. And that reminds me, I received an email from the producers of Wife Swap asking if I'd like to be on the show as a "worm farm owner"! You all know what my answer was. LOL!