What an exciting morning! I have been glued to the tele for much of the day watching the politics unfold in Canberra. It is rare for me to jump out of bed early on a winter’s morning but today that is exactly what I did so that I could take up residence on the couch to watch the events of the day unfold. To reveal my hand – I am so thrilled with the outcome of the morning. I believe Julia Gillard will be a wonderful Prime Minister, and I do believe that the Parliamentary Labour party has the authority to choose its own leader. How did it all go so wrong for Rudd? He has made so many significant achievements for Australia. My initial thoughts are that this is a lesson on the importance of team work – truly valuing and trusting the skills and perspectives of the people around you. A lesson in the dangers of micro-managing – believing that he had to own and be involved with every decision. It highlights the importance of clear and effective communication. It all makes wonderful food for thought as I observe the press conferences, the commentators and then the parliament hooking away on the granny squares for my son’s blanket. This piece of history and my reflections on it are now part of the stitches, part of the fabric that will become the blanket he will hopefully have with him through his life.
As for the rest of my creative space, well most of the plans I had had for this day have flown out the window. There is still however sometime to take stock. We’re now half way through the year so it is timely to re-visit the creative goals that I had set myself six months ago.
Crochet: make a basket, a blanket, a square dishcloth and a jug cover
Embroidery: become more proficient with stem stitch, shadow stitch and french knots
Gardening: start a native garden at the front of our house
Printing: keep having fun exploring, playing and discovering
Oh my! There are still a lot of things that I want to achieve in the next six months. Might be time to focus more on my embroidery skill development. As for the native garden – I will be looking at getting that started over the next week. The rains have arrived so I want to get the plants in while the rain can help them get established.
… but for now I will flick the tele off, abandon my nest on the couch, and get outside while the sun is still shining to reflect further on this momentous day. Australia has it’s first female Prime Minister. Hooray!
I’ll be visiting all the creativity that abounds at Kirsty’s place later on tonight … perhaps I’ll see you there.