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drought relief - felt art

Not sure what prompted me to do this one, maybe the Level 5 water restrictions we now have? Possibly some photos I was looking at the other day. Anyhoo, it came to me as I was going to bed and I just had to work on it the next day.


The text on the back of it reads...


'drought relief...


An entire country, grinding to a halt, waiting for the drought to break. Searching the skies for a sniff of moisture, praying for even the smallest drops to fall. Remembering water aplenty, before the earth turned dry and the disappearing green mask revealed the red dust below. Optimisim that the glittering fields will one day return so that we may practice such harsh lessons learned.'


The background is a piece of embroidery canvas painted by hand (quite literally, I used my hands rather than a brush!) with felt and buttons stitched on top. I don't actually like the red frame, but until I find a darker colour this is it...


***eta - thanks so much for your response! It's fantastic! Feeling the love!


Someone mentioned below about the greenery in our garden, despite the restrictions. We made a decision 2yrs ago to stop watering and simply let everything die that required water. We lost a lot of plants, but the ones that are drought tolerant survived, and so we still have a lovely garden. The lawn is another story! Its a great big dustbowl!


The people I feel sorry for are those who make their living out of the land. Naturally the farmers who have been doing it tough for so many years, but also the people who mow lawns, plant nurseries, gardeners, turf layers. They are all having to find work elsewhere to supplement. Its amazing how much we all rely on water...

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Taken on April 13, 2007