Happy birthday Mum.

As well as being ANZAC Day and Easter Monday, today is also my mother’s birthday. Denny was born on a rare occasion of ANZAC Day falling on Easter Sunday, a date that her family considered auspicious – unfortunately she didn’t live long enough to fulfill her promise, leaving us almost 25 years ago. I was in my final year of studying costume design and ill prepared to lose the most important person in my life.

She gave me a sense of appreciation for old things, an eye and an aesthetic. She taught me that beautiful things do not have to cost much money. She told me to be kind (I still struggle with that one).

Denny always wanted me to complete my education and follow my path and I hope that she would be pleased and proud of what I’m doing with my life – my first book is dedicated to her.

As well, Circa is dedicated to her and to all the other mothers and grandmothers out there, who gave us this wonderful heritage of hand-made clothing and textiles.

We have a responsibility to preserve and protect these precious artifacts, so that they can be enjoyed by future generations.

Mum and I, circa 1965 – photo courtesy Brian Jenkins.


  1. Happy Birthday to a woman gone before her time but her mark has been truly left & flourishes in you, not just as a daughter but as a keeper of all that has passed yet not forgotten. I say with the up most respect that she watches you live your dreams & allowing others to find something that evokes a memory of a person or time that’s dear to their heart. May the sun warm your back today as a hug from your Mum xxxx
    Happy Easter & Lest We Forget.

  2. Wow, that brought a tear to my eye Nicole. That really was a beautiful post. My own Mum is 84 this year and I can’t imagine life without her (even though she is still trying to tell me what to do and what to wear and I am almost 40 years old!). Thanks for such a lovely post. Mx

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