Monday, January 28, 2013

The Night Before Christmas Finished

First finish for the New Year. I finished sewing the binding and embellishments yesterday.
I would like to mention the floods and all the fires we are having here and hope everyone stays safe. Unfortunately there has been loss of life and massive property damage. As I have been stitching and watching sky news I thought of a poem we learnt in school by Dorothea Mackellar

The Night Before Christmas

My Country

The love of field and coppice,
Of green and shaded lanes.
Of ordered woods and gardens
Is running in your veins,
Strong love of grey-blue distance
Brown streams and soft dim skies
I know but cannot share it,
My love is otherwise.

I love a sunburnt country,
A land of sweeping plains,
Of ragged mountain ranges,
Of droughts and flooding rains.
I love her far horizons,
I love her jewel-sea,
Her beauty and her terror -
The wide brown land for me!

A stark white ring-barked forest
All tragic to the moon,
The sapphire-misted mountains,
The hot gold hush of noon.
Green tangle of the brushes,
Where lithe lianas coil,
And orchids deck the tree-tops
And ferns the warm dark soil.

Core of my heart, my country!
Her pitiless blue sky,
When sick at heart, around us,
We see the cattle die -
But then the grey clouds gather,
And we can bless again
The drumming of an army,
The steady, soaking rain.

Core of my heart, my country!
Land of the Rainbow Gold,
For flood and fire and famine,
She pays us back threefold -
Over the thirsty paddocks,
Watch, after many days,
The filmy veil of greenness
That thickens as we gaze.

An opal-hearted country,
A wilful, lavish land -
All you who have not loved her,
You will not understand -
Though earth holds many splendours,
Wherever I may die,
I know to what brown country
My homing thoughts will fly.



  1. I LOVE your Night Before Christmas Quilt! An excellent finish to start the New Year.

  2. Wow, long poem :-) We have seen pictures from the fires and floods on our TV, it is so sad...
    Congratulations on your finished quilt, it looks really lovely :-)

  3. Oh this is so pretty.
    Liebe Grüße Grit from Germany

  4. Congratulations on the beautiful finish!

    1. Thank you for your lovely comment I posted here also as your name came up as a no reply blogger and I'm not sure you will receive my reply. :-))))))


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