Thursday, April 28, 2016

Texture Texture and the end of March


 When I got back to Wellington on my trip - I took my magic suitcase and opened it for a couple of groups who loved the special goodies inside - I visited my elderly 3rd cousin - someone who actually knew my grannie and was able to tell me a few more tiny titbits. Then I went round the bays - I love seeing the wild sea and went for a walk and a potter. I found these wonderful rocks and have posted them to inspire me. They remind me of some of the work I did a few years ago on stones and old churches etc.


 Love the colours - that little touch of blue is rather special. I also love the patterns and couldhave taken heaps of pics.


 And this one - if you look in at all the patterning,


 And this one - texture is brilliant.



 When I got home our Christmas present from Grant and Hannah was nearly underway - lots of cleaning and clearing and deciding where it would go and filling half up with bricks as we seem to have a lot lying around. this was day one of planting. Love the chillie plants and we have a few.


This is it a few weeks later - things are taking over. I think that at last I might get tomatoes to grow after years of failing. Let's see.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Marching through March


 In March I went to NZ for a week or so - I flew to Auckland and then to Wellington and then drove up the coast - I love this coast line - it is usually wild and I pull on and enjoy it.



 the coast is just north of Pukerua Bay






always mostly grey and mysterious. Then I stopped at Levin for a coffee and my hire car which hadn't been exciting me, had a little light come on - 2 and half hours later a replacement car arrived. Hardly my idea of having fun.


 I popped down to Foxton Beach - this is where I spent a lot of my time when I was young - we used to be able to drive onto the beach then. I remember my father driving to Himitangi Beach along the sand and running out of petrol. My mother was not so excited I can tell you. Anyway I thought about getting out of the car - it was so windy and the sand was sure moving - I did to take this photo and got myself totally covered in sand. I guess you don't remember those things.
Foxton has a river running round the back - the Manawatu River - it used to be important - shipping and all of that - but that was a long time ago.  I checked out our house too but you shouldn't do that - my mother loved her garden. Ooh.... Not a lot to get excited about.

 I also checked out the graveyard once again visiting the ancients - my my great great grandparents still enjoying that spot on their own. Someone else had brought them white roses recently - they were fresh. I guess i have plenty of cousins I know nothing about, still living around the place. Shame I didn't know about them when I was young.


Bev and I went through to Woodville and had one of these yummy fruit icecreams which are popping up. Totally delicious it was.


 We drove over the saddle and checked out the wind mills. Some of them were off duty.


We went over to Wanganui and visited a couple of cousins and I took Bev to visit the dead. These are our grandparents and their very own rose bush was in bloom.  I also took her to the old cemetery in town to check out the older deads. I forgot to show her the Death family. Next time....

We called on Diana in her new home. Very nice.

Diana has always been shorter than us

And I am shorter than Bev - I think.

I seem to have a few for March so I will return.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

February in a rush

February was actually a busy month - it is the Fringe Festival in Perth and hot weather as well. We really try to go to a few things but the programme is so huge you never know where to start. We went to La Soiree becasue we enjoyed it so much last year. this year they were in air con which was almost cold! Can't win. La Soiree had many artists who performed last year but some new ones as well.


The son of a famous Norse magician, this wunderkind has graced the stage since he was four. Possessed of an utterly beguiling charm, and famed the world over for bending, contorting and manipulating his body into shapes that are as astonishing as they are unnatural, Frodo is one of a kind. You will never look at a tennis racquet, much less a baked-bean tin, the same way again.
- See more at: http://www.la-soiree.com/staff/captain-frodo/#sthash.rKcuNxg0.dpuf
The son of a famous Norse magician, this wunderkind has graced the stage since he was four. Possessed of an utterly beguiling charm, and famed the world over for bending, contorting and manipulating his body into shapes that are as astonishing as they are unnatural, Frodo is one of a kind. You will never look at a tennis racquet, much less a baked-bean tin, the same way again.
- See more at: http://www.la-soiree.com/staff/captain-frodo/#sthash.rKcuNxg0.dpuf
Captain Frodo manipulates himself into all sorts of shapes - crazy.


and the highlight was still The English Gents 

Then we also went to European Cotton Club - Cathrine Summers and her band  - fabulous - we must go see her again. 

The third event we went to was Limbo down on the new Elizabeth Jetty - it was the best event - slick - and fast moving and delightful.


And in February we also went to the Rooftop Movies - been wanting to go for ages but there never seems to be on what we would like to see.  So this was Suffragette - it's a good vneue.

And sort of at the same time - well it overlaps - was the Perth International Festival - we went to Monteverdi Vespers which was really fantastic.


And finally Meow Meow's Little Mermaid 
Another great night out.

So we had a very varied cultural month in February and well as all the other things one does every day.



Denis Lock and Hamish McCann are two delightfully devilish and cordial “English” gentlemen who perform inconceivable feats of acrobatic skill, strength and balance, whilst casually puffing a pipe, reading the newspaper and sporting the stiffest of British upper lips. The act mixes their highly skilled feats with a dry English wit, unexpectedly climaxing with the two hilariously baring near-all for Queen and country and in the process displaying more pure sex appeal than ever before seen under a bowler hat. - See more at: http://www.la-soiree.com/staff/english-gents/#sthash.tvj94ACu.dpuf
The son of a famous Norse magician, this wunderkind has graced the stage since he was four. Possessed of an utterly beguiling charm, and famed the world over for bending, contorting and manipulating his body into shapes that are as astonishing as they are unnatural, Frodo is one of a kind. You will never look at a tennis racquet, much less a baked-bean tin, the same way again.
- See more at: http://www.la-soiree.com/staff/captain-frodo/#sthash.rKcuNxg0.dpuf

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Mea Culpa AWOL


I have been blogging since 2006 which means 10 years and I have never had a gap like this - no excuses but I guess I could say busy busy and all of that - I was not good last year but started this year with good intentions - maybe it's because I am making changes business wise and personal work and I also have far too much going on . I have given away a couple of big commitments and making time for other big commitments so not sure if that means anything at all.

BUT - I am going to so an all in one of Feb and an all lin one of March in the next couple of days so watch this space. Maybe I need to be like Harley and just lounge around all day. Actually the year has been exciting so far and plenty more coming up.......

Sunday, January 31, 2016

1 month down


 Just in the nick of time I got my last 2 summer stitchings finished - I didn't think I would get that far so I am quite impressed with myself. They don't look much but you cup fabric and weave it and stitch it all - that takes time.



The last one I used all my thread scraps and tiny fabric scraps and made a heart - it got a bit swamped and messy but it proved my point to use up all the bits. Anyway now I can get ready for February's personal challenge which is going to be rather different indeed and quite experimental as I work out what I am doing as I go along. I have an idea in my head but nothing else.




We are working on our waterlily garden - well Ian is digging out and levelling up - we bought this glorious pot -     after spending ages at one place the past two weekends we moved to another nursery and decided we liked the stone better


and we got two smaller ones to match - moved the native iris to several other spots and we will see it is survives - it has wonderful flowers - the waterlily on the right back has flowered in anticipation. It will be lovely once it is all done.


I am working on a bowl - here it is drying upside down - waiting to see if it worked and then I will remove it from the mould.

Harley sitting in her box which is about half her size and full of a lovely hand dyed piece of wool and a big bag of sequins I have discovered. You never know.

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Still tonking along




Thus is another photo of 21 Ferrar Street in better days - Ian's parents were visiting and it looks like two kiddies got brand new watches - how could you tell?


I gave made a few more if my precious memory pages - my printer is misbehaving once again - this is my dad - I collected his birth certificate this week. Trying different methods so everything isn't the same - once I have 20 finished I will start on the backs


And I finished my Summer stitching #7 - three to go before the end of January - looking a little scarey so better get going faster

Booked a few airplanes lately - off to NZ to annoy everyone and off to Melbourne to do a workshop in June but most importantly, off to Toronto in May to teach. So exciting.




Urban puss has a new garden spot - I think she thinks the birds might not notice her but they are far too smart


We have been looking at pots for our new garden feature for the waterlilies- but now not these ones but three others

The Virtual Verandah has been keeping me very busy this week and I am even improving with my newsletter writing etc.




Here's my new chillie plant - just couldn't resist another

Saturday, January 16, 2016

In the garden







It's been hot indoors but apart from the Glory game - lovely and peaceful outside tonight - looking up at the trees so tall and gentle





With their herbal surrounds





Who would be so nasty as to want to murder one with giant drill holes and poison? But we persevere and if you look up you can see the new wooly growth apparently pushing the poison out. The big lower branch is very much alive and well with lots of lovely leaves. The part I like best are the dead branches which fall on the other side of the fence from where the attempted murder happened





Lots of little birds - they love the waterlilies for their water





Drinks and dips






Just caught him in action

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