A lot has happened since my last newsletter in December, and we have been extremely busy so this newsletter is somewhat late, and will be somewhat short, with some glad news and some sad news.
We had a joyful family gathering for Christmas at my eldest daughter's home a very glad time had by all.
Two days later I and my two sisters Naomi and Noralyn, arrived in Blackall in time to farewell our dearly loved father, who passed away the following morning 28th Dec.
The extended family arrived, and we had wonderful reunions with family cousins we hadn't seen since we were kids. Dad's was a beautiful and very musical funeral- Dad loved music, and Mark (my brother) and Naomi sang The Holy City and The Lord's Prayer accompanied by Noralyn. After the family had all gone we stayed with Tessie another week before returning home and preparations for our next LEST WE FORGET exhibition in Morpeth.
While in Blackall- on 2nd April, I became grandmother to gorgeous little Violetta Elise. (isn't that a lovely name) I haven't met her yet, but after we return from Morpeth I shall devote May to being Grandma!
Then on 21st January we got a phone call that had us on our way in the caravan to farewell Ron's cousin Norm in the Taree hospital. He had been battling cancer for some years. We were gone 3 weeks, but we both managed to do a little painting between hospital visits. Although the situation wasn't particularly inspirational, we did do some surprisingly good work.
I did this portrait - a commission and "Looking Out"
LEST WE FORGET Exhibition,
Morpeth Gallery Thursday - Sunday 16-19, and 13-16 April this year.
All up we have 12 new Australian Light Horse paintings to add to the collection. There is a great variety and I have done 3 of Gallipoli.
Here are a couple of them:-
Ron's Cooling Off, El Arish
and my Despatch Rider, Gallipoli
We are awaiting a new scanner so no prints are available yet, neither have they made their way to the website.
Some words of wisdom appropriate for this time of rememberance...
Greater love has no man than this,
that a man lay down his life for his friends.
Jesus Christ, John 15:13
The living owe it to those
who no longer can speak
to tell their story for them.
- Czeslaw Milosz
A hero is an ordinary individual
who finds the strength to persevere
and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles.
- Christopher Reeve
Courage is almost a contradiction in terms.
It means a strong desire to live
taking the form of readiness to die.
- G. K. Chesterton
The ultimate test of a man's conscience
may be his willingness to sacrifice something today
for future generations whose words of thanks will not be heard.
- Gaylord Nelson
To live is to choose.
But to choose well, you must know who you are and what you stand for,
where you want to go and why you want to get there.
- Kofi Annan
We who lived in concentration camps can remember the men
who walked through the huts comforting others,
giving away their last piece of bread...
They offer sufficient proof that everything
can be taken from a man but one thing:
to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances,
to choose one's own way.
- Viktor E. Frankl
But God demonstrates his own love for us in this:
While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Paul the Apostle, Romans <http://biblehub.com/romans/5-8.htm> 5:8
That's all for now. If you can get to the LEST WE FORGET exhibition, I hope to see you there.