Patra's Other Place

I started out with Patra's Place, primarily dedicated to my linen collection and stitching projects. But I kept getting side-tracked, so I decided to create Patra's Other Place for anything not related to embroidery topics. So you now have a choice. If you are interested in me, read this. If you only want to see my linen and stitching, visit Patra's (original) Place! (Please note that by clicking on any of the photos, they will be enlarged to fill your computer screen.)

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Location: Melbourne, Vic., Australia

I am married to Ken. We have no children except a cat and a collection of Australian parrots, finches, canaries and a dozen hens.

Friday, December 14, 2007

News and photos of Helen & Co.

Here are two photos from our party:
Jenny, Helen and Gina.

Gina, Jenny, and Sandra, Helen seated.

On Wednesday evening, friends Jenny, Sandra and I loaded up Sandra's car with all kinds of Christmas goodies, and visited Helen in the rehab. centre for a pre-Christmas dinner. Jenny provided a delicious selection of salads, table decorations and red antler ears for fun. Sandra provided the dinner set, mince pies and shortbread. I brought the tablecloth (of course), napkins, tea, milk, sugar, thermos of hot water and my own home-made Christmas cake.

Helen was expecting us, and she was dressed up in a flattering top and skirt, face made up and hair newly cut and coloured - she looked a million dollars compared to a month ago! She is making a steady recovery from the stroke; she can now stand for a short while, can walk a little way with a walking frame, and she can lift her left arm quite a bit higher than the last time I saw her two weeks ago.

We had a great time as we always do together - long term friendships are wonderful, aren't they? I'd printed off copies of some of Isabelle's blog, as I knew it would amuse Helen in particular, but as booklovers, we all had a chuckle at Isabelle's answers to a meme about books!

I took these pics of Melbourne's skyline on the way home from the hospital.


Blogger Jeanette said...

Hi Gina, How lovely you ladies were able to get together for a pre Christmas lunch, You all look so happy to be together and pleased to see Helen looking so well it wont belong before she is home..

Saturday, 15 December, 2007  

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