As I am sitting finishing off the second issue of Vignette my mind and heart are distracted with thoughts of the approaching cyclone in FNQ (Far North Queensland), particularly Cairns. This is one of my favourite parts of Australia and one of the most beautiful places to visit. Of course, as with many beautiful parts of our country, it also has its dangers and one of these is cyclones.
So to all of you up there, especially Buttontree Quilts in Cairns and Tinkers Cart in Townsville, I am thinking of you and praying that you and your family, friends, and customers will all be safe. When I look at photos from teaching there in the past it is hard to imagine what you are about to face.
I am due to teach in Cairns in June and in Townsville in July and I pray that the stories I will hear when I arrive, and share time once again with all you great ladies up there, will be stories of courage and love and not disaster.
It is being reported on the news that the government has evacuated all the hospitals in Cairns and are about to put the city (where Buttontree Quilts is) into lockdown as Yasi is now a category 5, the most serious of categories.
Now is the calm before the storm but rest assured that we down south, and all over Australia, will be here thinking of you and hoping that you will all be safe once it hits in the upcoming hours.
Leanne Beasley xxx