Marg modelling her special Christmas hat
Jo had a spectacular hat
We had a swap that consisted of something to wear, a tree decoration and something to eat. The present opening was very enjoyable, lots of oohs and aahh.....lots of photos were taken.....the paparazzi were there in large numbers
Here Margaret is entertaining everyone with her box! We were told that bad Santa might turn up, so Marg was cleverly trying to tell us that her present was just a box and nothing else!
See what I mean by turning out in large numbers!!
Marg and I had made some blankets of love for Cheryll aka Dory who came to join us this time, it was lovely to see her again, she is such a fun person, and does a wonderful job organising and delivering the Blankets of Love to various hospitals.
And so let the present opening begin........believe it or not I have culled lots of photos.....but had to put in these ones
a beautiful apron
Ann with a lovely decoration
Lyn with Christmas towels
Cheryll with lovely Christmas slippers
Tracee wearing her Christmas necklace.....but do not get too attached to your gifts ladies Bad Santa is lurking......once we have opened the present it is very hard to swap it or to go, and take something someone else is attached to!!
Ann, who has the most infectious laugh, Elyte, Marina and Jo
Super model Elyte!! Wearing the latest in Xmas aprons!
Marg made this apron and I opened the present and decided to take a photo because of the lurking Bad Santa....I knew it wasn't going to stay with me!!! The apron was beautifully made and reversible. ....so nice, I so wanted to keep it!!
Mel with the beautiful owl garland
she opened but didn't get to keep
Look who is quietly working away over the table from me
And now for some present opening.....watch out Marina Bad Santa is lurking......
The lovely Annie
Ann opening her gift
mmmmmmmm....maybe this is a gift we could grab later on???
Jo wearing her Christmas apron and opening the next part of the present Timtams I think
Kim with the Christmas apron she received....temporarily ! Lol!!
We thought we were through with swapping presents but Bad Santa turned up again and announced we had to pass our presents once to the left and then twice to the right, much laughter and confusion reigned, finally we got back the present we had started with and passed twice to the right, those who ended up with their own gift swapped between themselves.....finally peace returned and it was time for lunch!
A couple of lovely ladies dressed for Christmas!!
Off to lunch, this was the noisy table of course......the other table was far more refined, that was until
Bad Santa turned up and said she was going to swap our plates around like she did with the present swap!!!!!! It was suggested she return to her own table and stay there!! Lol!!
After lunch I thought it would be a good idea to try and get a group photo...well it was a bit like trying to herd cats.....moving forward moving back....finally I said stand on this spot...so of course that was a challenge to these two wasn't it! !!!
Trying to stand with one leg each on the one spot!!!!!! Some people!!!!! Lol!
Ok after a couple of false starts and after missing three people I think we are all here!
I feel very lucky and grateful to know this wonderful group of women, we have so much fun and you can be as silly as you like and it is ok, probably someone will join you being silly too!!
My good mate Shez, back to Shez again!! Lol!
Marina's, beautiful hexie quilt, amazing fussy cutting! So nice!
Annie (behind the quilt and invisible! !) was given this quilt for a special birthday it was beautifully made by her quilting group in secret! Fantastic surprise for her huh!!
Elyte made this beautiful quilt for her daughter......isn't it amazing?
And this is Ann's quilt, I think it was a block of the month....just stunning!
Wonder what this lot are up to? So being Miss Nosy I went to have a look......is was the 2007 calender made in Lancefield in the style of the Calender Girls as a fund raiser for the Relay for Life......great photos.....and they raised $10,000!!!!!
The city girls saying their farewells to the lovely Cheryll
And time for more eating........afternoon tea in the cafe...
Woohoo!!!!!! Things are friendly over at that time table!! Lol!!
The lovely Jackie, Tracee and Marina
That is one huge afternoon tea for you Annie!!!!!!
To be fair she was cutting up and sharing between four!!
When I got home I opened a birthday present the lovely Shez had given me today, have a look at this...just beautiful Shez, thankyou!
A lovely sewing kit, complete with pincushion, beautifully stitched and lovely fabric, spots to remind me of Shez!!!!
And finally, yes, you can breath a sigh of relief now nearly finished, when I switched on the tv, there was and Oz v NZ rugby league game.....I love watching the haka and always get a bit misty eyed...silly huh!!!!
I have had the best day, with great company, lots of laughs and silliness, it is so good for the soul to be with such a wonderful group....you come home feeling all is good in the world!!!
I am off now, have to do some more gardening and then I am back into the sewing
have a great day!!