I was introduced to Jim Thompson fabric some 35 years ago when I first came here to Bangkok.
A dear friend of mine would go to his factory and collect the scraps from the floor. She, and another group of British ladies taught the women who lived in the slums of the Soi (street) to make silk flowers and sell them. She also taught them how to make quilts with the silk.... (grandmothers flower garden pattern) That was the first time I ever saw a patchwork quilt.
Our eldest daughter, Suchada lived in that slum and learned how to make those flowers with her Thai Mum.
My friend Joy, passed away a long time ago... but I'm always reminded of her when I come to Bangkok.
Once when I was visiting her, I met a young English man, Peter, who was a friend of her sons. He was in his very early 20's. He said he was coming to Australia... I said, "Oh, you must come and visit" He did, for a year, he's in his late 40's now, lives close by and although too old to be a son, is as close as a son can be.
He's head of the wine Institute in SA. (or something like that)
If you take the leap, you never know what the future brings.
I've visited Thailand almost every year since then, so the average tourist haunts don't do anything for me... but I've not been to the flower markets before... so I'll give it a go.
I'm in the club in the airport in London on my way to bangkok...
It was cold here today preparing me for the cold at home I think, but Bangkok will be another story.
I think every man and his dog was in London today, I've never seen so many people. They kept bumping into my camera.... my face was getting redder and redder. So I went and bought a fold up back pack. Now they have to slap me on the back to get to it....!!!
I thought I would do a little test at the bus stop. I stood very still and 4 people just bumped into me, I mean I wasn't even moving. I GAVE THEM THE "WATCH OUT" look, but it didn't do much good.
I visited Westminster Abbey. What an amazing building. Edward the Confessor and his workman, did a marvelous job. I told him so today....!!!!
Then I went and sat in the Church, St Martins in the Fields in Trafalgar square. I listened to a Baroque concert rehearsal. There were 15 violins, a base, 2 cellos and a harpsicord and they played Vivaldi. It was wonderful. There were a few homeless people who joined me. Every time the music rose they woke up with a start .....
I gave up the violin at 10, to take up the harp.... I wasn't too good at that either... my hands were to small to span an octave. I wasn't too good at the piano and guitar either, so I'm going to buy a Dobro when I come back to Houston. I reckon I can put everything \i've learnt together and I should be able to play that.
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Carolyn Foley I am a high school Heath & Design Technology teacher, married with three children, all young adults.
Di Mill I am a Freelance Textile and Craft Representative with 2 children. I travel the state of Queensland, Australia, selling patchwork, quilting and craft supplies to retailers withing the industry.