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The town where i live is not really feeling like Christmas on the 19th of Nov a coal mine near by had a dreadful explosion and 29 local men were killed . You cant get into the mine as there have been more explosions and fire. It is a small town and people seem to not say anything to people on the street as not sure who is connected.11 thousand people turned up to a memorial service some coming by car and train from the city.

But i have decided Christmas MUST continue my husband used to work in a coal mine)  I have the tree up some of the wallhangings and hope to do the rest tomorrow.  I have just finished a quilt for a friend a scrap one she asked me to make two, the 2nd i have the top just about done so will finish it after Christmas day. I need to do this as i have two tops of my own that need to be quilted.


It is really hot here as it is summer, could do with some of your snow to make it quilting weather!!!!


I love reading what you have all done and looking at photos.


I wish each a wonderful Christmas, and to those who are not in the best of health i send a BIG get well health bug to you.   Happy Christmas to each of you,

                                                                          Pat in New Zealand

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Comment by Carol Vickers/OH on December 18, 2010 at 2:13pm

What a tragedy.  I pray that your community finds some measure of peace in the midst of the sadness. 

Comment by pat middleton on December 18, 2010 at 12:20pm

Thanks to all who are thinking of this town. I know one lady who's son killed so will pass on your love to her.

It is wet here today would love some of the snow some of you have.

Going to tidy up and put out some more decorations to make it really look like christmas. The house across the road has christmas lights that glow all night i have some little lights on the window sill that i turn on and leave like that all night,as it doesnt get dark till about 10pm its late before we can enjoy these things.

This is the busy time the week before Christmas making sure we have eveything, Pat in New Zealand

Comment by Peggy Robles on December 18, 2010 at 11:43am

What a terrible thing to go through. My heart goes out to everyone involved.


I love to quilt, too. It takes preasures away. Nothing is greater than finishing a quilt top and seeing how beautiful it is. Then to quilting it and binding it. Great feeling. Just talking about it makes me want to work.


I hope you have a great Christmas season. Stay cheery and be thankful for all you have.

Comment by Barb/WI on December 18, 2010 at 11:14am

There are no words to express what I feel for your community.  Prayers are flooding your way.  You are wise to try to capture what you can of the Christmas spirit.  Hopefully others will also.

Comment by Judith Cogswell on December 18, 2010 at 8:29am

So very sad for the families.

Comment by Sharon Reeves on December 18, 2010 at 8:28am

A very sad thing to happen, but life does go on. It's especially hard for everyone in a small town and I hope that they find some joy this Christmas. I'll keep all in my prayers and hopefully they'll have a good Christmas.

Comment by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on December 18, 2010 at 6:07am

Pat, I was so sorry to hear this.   What a sad time for your entire community.   Hopefully your example will encourage others to find small moments of joy in the Christmas season, even amidst the sorrow.

Comment by Jennifer on December 18, 2010 at 5:27am

Prayers and hugs for everyone in your town.


Christmas is about being together as well so don't be afraid to say something to someone or invite them in for... Lemonade (i guess in your case).

Comment by Pam/NY on December 18, 2010 at 5:21am

This is when people need to try to celebrate the love and goodness of a wounded town. It was such a tragedy...Pat I think I should send you a couple of ft. of snow! My parents live in Fl. and they have a hard time getting into the spirit without snow. Enjoy your holiday and 2011 Blessings!

Comment by Colleen Taylor on December 18, 2010 at 4:44am

Pat, very sorry about the coal miners.  Christmas is a time for hope and peace and I sincerely wish that for all the folks in the town!  Have a blessed season.

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