Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Auckland. The Stash.

 We didn't have a great deal of time for shopping during our visit to Auckland.
But I did insist on a visit to Cushla's Village Fabrics while we were there.
 I spent quite a bit of time browsing the store and talking with the ladies. 
My hubby even joined in and asked a few sewing machine related questions!
After much deliberation and contemplation, I came away with two small kits.
I couldn't resist this table runner. The colours are soooo much better in real life.
 I think I need to play about with the camera settings, as the colours on the front of this bag kit are somewhat awry too!
So I really was well behaved wasn't I?
After our flight into Christchurch we had a 2 hour drive to Timaru.
What better place for a rest break than Ashburton?
Annies Country crafts is very, very close to a car sales yard.
Something for me, and something for him.
We were both amazed to discover that I had finished first and once again had restrained myself coming away with another small package.
Two patterns
Another kit
And a very pretty end of bolt!
There is just over a skinny quarter.
There have been extra shifts at work and all manner of other things going on here, but I did manage to get some time quilting my SSCS gift, I also spent a little time unquilting some of it too!
Never mind, I'm happy with it now and it is waiting for it's binding.
Then, onto the next secret project!

Friday, 24 October 2014

Auckland part two.

Most of our time on our recent trip to Auckland was spent with Dave and Nikki. 
Which was wonderful. I enjoyed getting to know them better as well as meeting their families and many more friends who were invited along.
On our final day, we had time to ourselves and decided to play the tourists.
Our first stop of the day was at the Sea Life Centre.
Where I was delighted to find penguins, with snow!
 We were pretty much first through the doors and the keepers were still busy in the enclosure with the snow machine.
There were Emperor and these little Gentoo, who were nesting.
 As is the way with aquariums, for every good picture, we got loads of blurred images.
Thank goodness for digital cameras.
The octopus was good, he posed nicely for the camera.
I was particularly pleased to see him, as usually when I go to these places the octopus is either hiding, or not in his tank at the moment!
Rays are a favourite of mine. It doesn't matter how large or small they are, I just love to see them gliding through the water.
 These guys were particularly large. We came back to them later to watch feeding time.
We took many, many more photos, but I won't bore you with them.
Next stop was the butterfly park.
I was delighted all over again to receive a special visitor!
Like the fish, many of the butterfly shots are a blur of colour.
We also got to watch some brave chaps feeding some very large salt water crocs!
Our final stop of the day was at the Museum.
It was interesting seeing the history of New Zealand.
The Maori exhibit with their meeting house and Waka was beautiful.
Of course as we approach the 100th anniversary of Armistice day, thoughts turn to those who served in that great war and to the many who did not come home.
This is just one of the memorials we saw in the museum.
As we exited the museum and made our way back to the car I got one last snap of the city and the sky tower.
 As we flew home the next day I couldn't resist getting a quick picture of the Cook Strait.
That's Farewell Spit down there, reaching out from the top of the South Island into the ocean.
And the snow topped Southern Alps.
I'm still picking away at my secret stitching and gathering items to tuck into special packages.
But I've taken one or two photos along the way, just to tease you here and there!
I'll show one of those next time, along with pictures of my newly acquired stash!
I swapped shifts today, so I'm not starting work until one o'clock, which means I have time to play, after a few domestic chores!

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Auckland, part 1

 As you know, the main reason we visited Auckland, was to attend the wedding of Tonys friend David. Tony was best man for him.
It was the first time they had seen each other in 17 years.
David and Nikki made me very welcome and it was nice to finally meet them. Though we had spoken many times on the phone and via skype.
We spent quite a lot of time with them over the weekend.
 The venue for the wedding was at the Navy base where Tony did his training when he first joined the navy many years ago. There are some amazing views over Auckland harbour, the city and it's surroundings.

The day before the wedding we all met at the venue, for a last minute practice, the bride and her maid of honour wanted to time their approach. For me it was a good opportunity to get some relaxed photos.

Weather permitting, the ceremony was to take place out on the deck.
As you can see, the day before it was bright but somewhat overcast.
The big day!
Tony and Dave helped each other to tweak ties etc.
 A quick photo at home, before we climbed into the limousine.
Dave and his Dad.
Tony and I sat at the other end, it felt like we were sat miles away from them.
The venue, all prepared and ready for the guests.
I brought some of those blue organza strips home with me.
Now I need inspiration, to make them a special memento of the day.
 Nervously waiting with the celebrant.
Here comes the bride, with her very proud father.
 The best mans speech!
That's it, I won't bore you with more pictures of people you don't know.
I think it's fair to say, the sun shone on their big day.
Everyone enjoyed themselves.
The groom tells me I'm now one of the family.
Right, I'm off to do some secret sewing, after I do the ironing!
Then I get to spend the afternoon cross stitching with Sleepy.
I'll have more pictures from Auckland next time..

Sunday, 19 October 2014

We bought a house

A lot can happen in two weeks.
Not only did we travel North to Auckland to attend a wedding, and have a look around.
Since getting home, we have bought ourselves a house.
The garden needs some attention.
But I'm looking forward to living there.
It has a lovely feel.
Open and spacious, plenty of room for family and friends.
Inside and out.
This is just a small taste of the photos on the agents website.
I'm sure there will be more, once we are in.
We will take possession on 5th December.
Of course, I will have a choice of rooms to use as my creative studio.
Photos of our trip to follow soon, I promise.
Oh, and I found a quilty shop in Auckland, and paid another visit to Annies Country Quilt store just an hour or so up the road from home.
I did spend money.