Monday, May 30, 2016

Haven't done anything like this for a while



Yes, it has been a while since doing any stitching quite like this.

Looks good, (well I think so), feels good so I had better carry on with it.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Life can be a knockout, sometimes

Hershey caught a mouse today, but then he dropped it and it ran away and hid.

At first he was upset but then what's a cat to do but take a nap.

I wonder if he is dreaming of the possibilities of more mice in the big world out there?

Monday, May 09, 2016

Everlasting Summer?

I had always considered May in New Zealand to be a cold, wet month but not this year.

Nearly half way through the month and we are still experiencing quite mild temperatures.  I think our first frost of the year will come as a bit of a shock after having waited so long.

Even the plants in the garden have continued to bloom way beyond their normal times so today I picked this lovely red rose from our garden.  How nice to still be able to bring such loveliness into our home to enjoy.


Sunday, May 08, 2016

A Timely Reminder

Today Linda and I went to The Great New Zealand Quilt Show at Rotorua, a Biennial Exhibition by Aotearoa Quilters.

The quality of the quilts and quilting was excellent and we enjoyed having a good look around as well as a peek at the merchants mall.

Whilst viewing the quilts a lady came and spoke to me.  She has followed my blog for years and recognized me.  Felicity told me that has enjoyed following my blog and was disappointed that I had ceased writing in recent times.

A timely reminder for me that I need to be blogging again.

The image I have shared is from a small wall quilt that featured 3-D blue flowers, something I have long aspired to do. Maybe it is time.


Thursday, January 28, 2016

Some things change, some things stay the same



2015 brought a lot of change into our lives, but these lilies have been with us a number of years and they consistently bear flowers as the plants continue to thrive in spite of being repotted and relocated a number of times.

One of the big changes in our lives this year was welcoming WWOOFERS (wwoofinternational.org) into our lives.  Our property is what we call a double section and requires a fair amount of maintenance. By hosting volunteer workers from different parts of the world and getting them to help maintain our property in exchange for accommodation and meals a whole new world of interest and friendship has opened up for us.

So far we have hosted young people from Switzerland, England, France, Sweden, USA, Japan, Germany and Austria.  It has been a truly delightful cultural exchange for us as we have shared our lives with people from all these different nationalities. You could say this is a permanent change in our lives as we continue to receive requests to come and help.

2015 was they year of our big trip overseas, still much talked about with so many happy memories for us to reflect on, the people we saw and the places we visited.  We would like to think we could do it all over again but that remains to be seen.

Another unexpected and very welcome change in our lives in 2015 was that our sister and her husband have come to live as close neighbors.
Their house sits directly opposite the entrance to our driveway so there is a lot of interaction between the two households. It is working well for all of us.

The things that stay the same and anchor us are all good but we welcome the changes that make our lives more interesting and different as well.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Who, me?


Cats gave a way of looking so innocent. 

We have a couple of towel racks near our front door which we use to display quilts. 

In moments of madness our cats will run through the house and pull them to the floor. 

On this occasion the not only pulled the quilt down but thought it a suitable place for a nap. 

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Quilts for Cats


Our cats continue to fascinate us as they move around our home looking for the purrfect place to sleep. 

Simba, above, has made himsel at home on the quilt on my bed for an afternoon nap. 

Hershey, below, just happened to find a quilt to his liking as well in our lounge room.