Sunday, December 28, 2008
Saturday, December 27, 2008
sumptous plates of lamb, turkey ham and all the greens you can think of, followed by pavlovas(mine) the biggest Christmas pudding youve ever seen, trifle, strawberries...hmm I think thats all!!
Of course no Kiwi Christmas is complete without a walk to the river and a game of cricket to work off the food.
Sadly I am taking down carefully and methodically and wrapping up my decorations. (i want to find them easily next year!!)
Not so sadly I am in the throes of making two patchwork Christmas trees I saw over the festive season. My post Christmas decoration making is always strong at this time of the year!! I have to go with it until it passes!
Very very hot weather we are having here. Weve been eating juicy strawberries and the last of the apricots before the birds scoff them. Its a great time of year.
We have two holidays planned. Both camping by different beaches. One at Mahia because the dolphon Moko is there. The girls have heard all about how their grandfather swum with Opo the dolphin when he was a boy and now they will get the chance with Moko. Gorgeous hubby has already had the pleasure of his company with his Job. Lucky!!
The other camping trip we have planned is to Arapauanui beach. Great spot. I cannot wait!! Although we have yet to book for either, Betterget a hurry on!
I hop Santa made a fortuitous visit to you and yours. I am certainly enjoying catching up on my favourite bloggy Christmases.
Love from the sunny Hawkes Bay'
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
My Granddad Eric and my Dad (below) never miss you more Dad than at christmas and the run up to Christmas. Thank you for being a great Dad on earth for 39 years. I miss you so much right now!
And lastly. rain wonderful rain to wet these parched Hawkes Bay lands. So sorely needed for our farmers. Thank you Santa!!
Sunday, December 21, 2008
I really need to hit the pillows now,
Saturday, December 20, 2008
the costumes, the makeup, the prompts, the hair. I do door sales, fundraising spend 80 per cent of time driving between rehearsals, venues shows. And I love it all!!!! But by December I. AM. POOPED. I have nothing left!! Completely drained of all enthusiasm and ideas, I couldnt sew together a costume or primp up some hair if I was paid!! So YAH YAh YAH the holidays. Sleep ins, pjs til noon, mussed up hair all day. Fantastic. I am however rearing to go with Christmas Joy and seasonal bottling and jam making tasks. And because as usual I have began writing before the photos had downloaded I am now stuck with phpts everywhere and text not where I wanted it. SO the top pic is of my apricots bottled. Im not doind a lot of preserved (canned if you are an American) apricots. The jam however is a favourite so I must do some more of this before or soon after Christmas .
The photos above them are my girls schools end of year presentations. Little Laex wona class prize. (above) I think I squealed aloud when they called out her name ! (embarressing parent I know) Then they gave out a new cup for Year three creative writing and my heart was in my mouth because Georgia is the top creative writer, but then I remembered the girl who was on a par with Georgia but was pout up a class earlier this year. And she got it. (I hope I didnt go awww out loud..did I!?)
The juniors for which georgia will not be next year did a song the silly hat song. They all had to wear silly hats. Just pulled out the wearable art ones I made earlier in the year for the library programme. Glad they came in handy again!
I have been using my triangle template to make and cut out what seems like squillions of stars for my Flyboy quilt. Handsewing these is sometimes enjoyable sometime tedious but I am getting them done and if I can mark quarter inch lines on them will be an excellant sewing idea to take with me when we go camping these holidays. Ill post some pictures next time.
Im so enjoying everyones blogs this Christmas, all the decs. I am such a fan of the old primitive look and cant get enough of these blogs at Christmas. I must set up a list for like minded people.
Its windy here again. The wind is driving us all crazy. Hubby is forever seen scooping up leaces out of the pool and swearing quietly under his breath. He goes away for work and wont be back until Christmas eve day. so Ill be able to buy his gift while he is gone. Hes really going out in the wops and so wont be near any stores to buy me anything. I dont want anything!!!
Have a great five days to go!!
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
very excited about this very first batch of Jam. Not just because it is the first seasonal batch of anything this summer but because our neighbours apricot tree that overhangs our fence has been quite barren for two yers and i have never in the six years here had enough apricots to do anything with other than nibble. SO! Some of the apricots were a bit short of ripe but my daughters friends mother who is a food technologist, brewer and winemaker told me that under ripe fruit release pectin that is missing in ripe friut so that should ensure a good set. I never knew! Tomorrow i might buy some roadside apricots and preserve some apricots. My preserving MOJo has hit a high note now and Im so happy to be productive again!
have a happy preservative day
Sunday, December 14, 2008
Sunday, December 7, 2008
So instead Ill post some pics of our tree ornaments: The first is Alexxs for this year. I buy them one that symblises something special to them. This year it is a ballerina dressed in the same colours she wore at the recital. She also got some ballet shoes in that colour attached to the bouquet and they are on there as well.
This is just a gorgeous felted angel and baby that I have decided are Mary and jesus. I bought this from a temporary craft fair that opens this time of year. Its so well done. I was given another angel like this and I think they are too gorgeous.
This Maori ornament just took my eye as totallu unique. It is from the same fair as the angel and I love it. Infact I might buy another for a good firend whoes into tree decs like me. Someone did say to me that i could make it quite easily given the fact that i make lots of decs plus I do a lot of wooden peg dolls, but maybe next year/
Thursday, December 4, 2008
Friday, November 28, 2008
Monday, November 24, 2008
even when they are only a couple of feet from each other. :)
I almost died from heat exhaustion from my walk today , I wonder if it is worth it when i am too drained to do anything else all day? Seriously I was so tired with a weariness that wouldnt go away that all I thought I could do was sew. But even that was too much. Summer! Gotta love it! At least tomorrow the school starts swimming, so the kids will love that.Here is our new school web site. My kids are third generation there by the way.
I found a bundle of year old American mags in a going cheap basket at the quilters a while ago. Every one of them was full of at least one future project for me. The one above is the one Ive ear marked for my reproduction fabrics quilt. Ill just have to keep growing my windham stash and find some pinks similar to the above. Im looking forward to seeing it come together in 2009!!
Sunny skies from Cherry
Yesterday i lost a lot of time watching Georgia and her cat, Sarah play..A simple thing that made me giggle. Sarah the terror of the local pigeons and one of the best hunters we know can still spend a lot of time playing whats under the duvet..
At this crazy time of year its been really good to set the sewing machine aside and do some gentle handsewing. I am still quietly and in my own time piecing together these flyboy pieces. I am also making a Christmas tree from scraps that will hang as a small wallhanging, from scraps of Christmas fabric. Unfortunately I dont have enough green Christmas off cuts to use so I will wait til the just before Christmas sales and buy the Christmas material then.
We dont have a vege garden here, so we plant bits and bobs through out the garden. Our peas are loving the weather obviously and have taken off. Gorgeous hubby said that the peas he planted directly are doing better than the seedlings. Well let me tell you they have certainly had the hot weather. It has been hot and humid and very very windy. But no matter how the wind blows the heat stays. We are all looking bleary eyed from humid nights trying to sleep in the heat.
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Saturday, November 15, 2008
Friday, November 14, 2008
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
tab stitcher but with this quilt and my subsequent others i am determied to handquilt ! When I was at the Quilt Show and was wtching keenly as a quilter was handquilting the raffle prize, her advice was to "perserve" So i am. I couldnt tell you how many stitches there are to the inch (maybe two!!!) But underneath the bottom looks lovely! I stayed up quilting this while watching Breaking Bad a black hunour tragic tale, then the Daily SHow from America which always has me in fits of laughter.
NOw on a much more sombre note. I have been following the blog here of wee Kyah who will be three at the end of this month. SHe was diagnosed from the age of 18 months with a virulent neuroblastoma cancer and the journal has been following her progress, the dreams of success from the parents and finally tragically the return of the cancer and the last few months, weeks, days and now it seems hours of her life. It is one blog I read with a certain amount of trepidation wondering what will be the update each day. Yesterday there was a comment to say that her Mum and Dad will be with her permanantly as the life is leaving her for its next journey, so the next post will be then one that I have dreaded. I cant tell you the sadness I feel when I read this blog even though I know Kyah is on her way to a place we cant even imagine the joy of, but as humans you can not help but be extremely moved.
Love from Cherry