Today I witnessed a scene which could only be described as domestic violence, while having coffee in a public place...
Sadly, we live in a era where there is an epidemic of such violence, and the statistics are quite alarming.
Thank goodness for the White Ribbon campaign, which raises awareness and is introducing strategies of education, designed to reduce the incidence of such crimes.
There were quite a few people in the area of the incident I witnessed.
Everyone froze in shock, including me. I suppose that is the natural reaction.
Instead of the usual buzz of voices, there was stunned silence, and only the protagonists could be heard.
Then, thankfully, I noticed security people in uniform quietly approaching as the event moved away to another area.
Ten minutes later, I saw the Police were there taking particulars.
It was only when I got home and thought it through that I really understood exactly what I had seen - and that is the effect of shock.
It did make me wonder if that is why sometimes people do not intervene quickly enough when something bad and unexpected occurs?
Little Aussie visited us for the weekend, and I put out my collection of little houses and churches, gathered over many years.
It wasn't long before the village migrated to the floor...
and became invaded by the cheeky Lego men..
who were indeed fascinated by the 3 houses which have tiny Christmas lights.
I liked this patchwork effect...
and made Aussie a pair of spaceship shorts, just because.
Last week I met up with the Sewing Sisters.
Somebody had a 1940 Ladies Home Journal inherited from her Mum.
Nearly 75 years ago, but there are so many lovely details in these fashions which could be used beautifully today.
And not just the polka dots..
Another talented member of our group whipped up Christmas bunting, all in one day.
This was the centrepiece created by our hostess, V.
We love your style, and your beautiful house..
Aussie and I had a wonderful conversation about this part of the Christmas display. Now that he is five, his little mind is moving onto the big themes of life.
Being a grandparent is so, so special.
Have a great week.