My sister-in-law, Rose, arrived home on Monday and the pent up energy of Matupi Volcano erupted in all it's glory on Friday, 29th August,14.
It's hard to believe that our home was at the bottom of this volcano, in Rabaul.
The town of Rabaul where I was born,grew up and went to primary school there, was built on a crater surrounded by a few volcanoes.
I still have family who live and work there.
These photos were taken by my brother, Bernard.
I wrote a previous post of my sister-in-law taking Kit- the mini sewing kit home with her. This is the place. My birth place.
Did I really scale this volcano when I was about 11 years old? My friends and I have scaled it and wandered in the crater. I remember the smell of sulphur and the colour of yellow. As a young person, I don't think we realised the danger. Life growing up in Rabaul was free. We climbed the mountains behind us.
There were no poisonous snakes in Rabaul. Was told that snakes do not like the smell of sulphur, so wandering up the grassy slopes of mountains where I lived became an occasional adventure for us.
I think it's time to go back for a visit...
We finally saw the result of all the work that has gone into designing our packaging for the StitchandMend Mini Travel Sewing Kit.
We are now able to offer a top quality product that not only is a great product to use but it also looks fantastic.
We wanted to offer a product that our customers would love to own for themselves or give away as a gift.
The Stitchandmend Mini Travel Sewing Kit is about to be launched on the market.
My sister-in-law came down to visit me here in Australia. I have not seen her for nearly 15 years. She still lives on the island where I came from.
Above is the photo of the volcano erupting. Smoke and ash is still billowing forth from the volcano, as you can see in this photo.
I have not been back for a long time. The house that I grew up in, is covered in volcanic ash, metres deep. My home town is like a lunar landscape.
It still looks so beautiful.
People have started to rebuild their lives in a neighbouring town. It's starting to thrive again.
My sister-in-law, Rose, is involved in a programme to help the women and young people in the villages to be self sufficient. They have sessions in teaching them how to manage their money, how to market their goods and save for bigger items.
When Rose saw the StitchandMend mini travel sewing kit an idea is born... maybe we can help the women and teach them how to stitch and mend their own and children's clothes.
That is where Kit is going. To this beautiful island in the pacific... the place I used to call home.
That, dear friends, is in the near future and I will keep you posted on developments in this beautiful country where the people have so little and can always freely give you a smile...
I grew up in this town with the fear of one of these sleeping volcanoes erupting. I can still see clearly, hung on our kitchen wall, the evacuation procedures for our emergency exit from our town.
This eruption happened after I traveled to live in an another country for my education. Many of us did in those days.
I did take away with me my love of creation and sewing. I learnt from my mother. I went away to a boarding school with my Mini Sewing Kit.
It traveled everywhere with me for years.
My insurance in preparation for any emergency mending fix-it!
It all began when as a very young girl of 6 years, I would fall asleep to the sound of my mother cutting cloth on our kitchen table and sewing on her treadle sewing machine.
Night time was a special time for Mum. Her children are all safely tucked away in bed and that is when she would create the beautiful clothes and home furnishings. It was her time and she loved it.
Thus began my love affair and passion for sewing and Arts and Crafts.
It's a time when I go off into a world of my own, creating what comes from within me. It has given me so much pleasure to be able to give and share what I have created for so many people.