In times of adversity human nature and compassion become very close companions. Being without power for much of the crisis, Tony and I had no idea that our State had the eyes of the world on it. We drove to the city this morning and although the Brisbane River is still high and very muddy, the heart of the city is again beating strongly and life does indeed go on.
On the other side of the world in Tennessee (home of my great great grandfather) my favourite fabric designer Anna Maria Horner was moved by Queensland's plight.
This quilt, a mix of her cotton voile and cotton quilt weight fabrics, has special meaning for Anna Maria, but she has put it up for auction, with the successful bidder sending the entire amount to the Queensland Premier's Flood Relief Appeal. At last count the highest bid was $1,000 - thank you so much Anna Maria.
Down in Canberra Jennie McClelland, whose blog Posie Patchwork has a huge following, is auctioning a quilt as well as holding a raffle in aid of the flood appeal and has raised over $600. Jennie's soldier husband has been on duty in the Lockyer Valley where the most heart-breaking flooding took place with far too many lives lost, so in my eyes they are both heroes.
Meanwhile our own BrisStyle Hanmade Ark Flood Appeal has raised over $3,000 for the Queensland Premier's Flood Relief Appeal.
Mon Petit Poppett is organising shipments of softie dolls for children who have lost everything in the floods. I will be sending off something to her this week, if there is still room in her house!
There are so many wonderful people out there who are doing it tough, so it's heart-warming to know that so many care. Thank you.