Nanna, born in the 1880's, had been a tailoress prior to her marriage. She hand made this afternoon tea cloth for her own glory box. My mother used it for special afternoon teas with friends and now it is mine.
Joanne can't be with us today, but she is here in Benalla, resting in my storage shed for which my husband has the keys. Joanne has always been my most precious toy. I may have ruined her hair, which was not brushable, I found out, but she still walks, turns her head and flutters her eye lashes when you hold her hands and walk.
Joanne lost her original red and white gingham outfit long, long ago. However she was dressed as a stunning bride for many years in a satin gown and veil which my mum made for her. Sadly, her Prince Charming never arrived. She now proudly wears a lovely light blue voile smocked dress which Nanna Bunting made for me to wear as a baby nearly 70 years ago.
I will always treasure the baby dress, my long time friend Joanne and the sweet tea cloth as links to my Nanna, who I did not have the chance to get to know very well.