Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Welcome to our world

Uncle Rick went to see his new nephew today and so we were lucky enough to get a few more pics. 

This one captures Anna-Clara welcoming Caleb into the family circle - I could not ask for more. 

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Valentine's Day Special

My son, Aaron, wrote yesterday to say that their second baby would be delivered by caesarean section on Valentine's Day (London time).

Yes, the first picture came through today of Caleb with a very, very happy father.

This is certainly a never to be forgotten Valentine's Day Special for this family.

I now have the grand sum of three grandchildren - looking forward to seeing more photos.

Apparently a picture is worth more than a thousand words.  No details yet about weight and/or colour of eyes, etc.

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Global Santa


It has always been a bit of a mystery how Santa manages to travel the globe and deliver presents to all the children of the world within the space of 24 hours.

This year my son, David, captured an image of Santa at their home in Seattle, WA.
















Then, when my son, Aaron and his family got up in London on Christmas morning they found Santa had left goodies at their place as well.













Santa was even clever enough to deliver my two younger sons, James and Rick to me here in New Zealand.

What an amazing Santa we have and how nice it is to have a part in all this goodness.

Monday, December 15, 2014

The gift of flowers

Last week one of our Sweet Pea friends popped in to see us and brought a gift for Christmas.

These lovely gerberas have been placed near our front door to add a touch of colour for visitors.










Last year another of our Sweet Pea ladies gave me these lilies as a gift for my birthday.  They have really come into their own this summer.


















This Christmas Lily is truly the gift that keeps on giving.

My sons gave this to me for Christmas when they came to visit in 2007.

It has had a few changes of location but it keeps coming back each year - never fails.









In addition we have been given a number of other plants over the past five years and they have all enhanced our surroundings.  We have been very fortunate to be beneficiaries of the gift of flowers.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Our friend, Bailey

We have a new cat at our place, at least new to us.

Bailey is about two years old and the youngest cat we have had around in a while.

He has been very timid but gradually getting used to life at our place. 

From the photo I think it would have to be said that he must be pretty happy here to be so relaxed.

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

A pleasing result


Yesterday I put the binding on this quilt and the end result was quite pleasing.
















It was July 2013 when I made this quilt top.

It has been maturing like good wine in a cupboard and now it has been transformed by Linda http://razzledazzlequilter.blogspot.co.nz/ into a lovely quilt top.  She also wrote about this quilt on her blog.

One of the good things about the time lapse between completed quilt top and machine quilting is that it feels like you are being reunited with an old friend.

The stars she worked into the border area are so appropriate, and, once again, I felt this was a good opportunity to use Magic Binding.




Sunday, December 07, 2014

Our Sweet Pea Group





















This week we held our last Sweet Pea meeting for the year.

Linda made a Christmassy centrepiece for our table with chocolates in a crystal bowl surrounded by Dublin Bay roses and angelica.

I made the most of showing off the cake that Debbie made for my birthday (or what was left of it) and managed to get a better photo this time round.


























We have had quite a bit of 'secret sister' business going on this year.  We all participated in a row by row project - each making rows for the others in themes and colours of the recipients choosing.  These are just two of the projects that have come together so far.  Haven't even started putting mine together yet.

Much chatter and laughter throughout the morning and a fair share of show and tell.  These two items are what I managed to capture.  Both projects are by Andreena.  The one on the left has an oriental theme and is going to hang in her home.  Andreena loves all things Christmassy and has completed an Advent Calendar in time for this Christmas.

We have had some great meetings this year and look forward to more to come in the New Year.