Saturday, January 31, 2009
Its quite late at night and I have just given my dog a gallop around the park that is behind our property. He has a swim in the pond and is nice and cool for the night. Also hes got the park to himself when dark:) (The park is twenty acres long by the way)
Its still sweltering. I was upstairs doing my piecing on my scrappy windmill quilt and began to feel quite yuk. So if you dont hear from me its because the heat has really got to me and Im sick. Cooking today blueberry muffins , chocolate cake and biscuits didnt help BUT School is on Monday and I am woefully under organised, have little food that I know the girls will eat and pay day isnt til Wednesday and ..err...financially we are a bit..well..broke!!!!
Hope you have a comfortable nights sleep wherever you dwell.I wish we had another fan...Oh well at least the girls have one each!
Sunday, January 25, 2009
And then i remembered my Roma tomatoes which at the last look (embarressingly long ago) were bare. But now they have gorgeous shaped tomatoes. Just perfect for my sundried tomatoes. This
lovely kiwi blogger had a great recipe for drying and preserving sundried tomatoes and I was inspoired to grow these Romas after reading of it. But I wonder if it was on her old blog? Oh well Ill have to do my homework after this. Her blog is great though for simple living (my favourite kind of living)
So I was madly watering and suddenly all these cute little praying mantis insects arise from my lavender crop. They were everywhere. Then I got a bit worried as they are fantastic garde friends as they eat the predators. Unfortunately they also eat each other..as one school Mum discovered when she found two mantis , put them in a jar for show and tell at School and couldnt work out how one of them had escaped by the next morning. (I broke the bad news!). So I semi sprayed water over them when they got to close trying to scatter them apart from each other (there were babies and they would be gone in one quick killer grip) . After a while I left them to it but I hate to be the bringer of tragedy in the garden.
G: Lets pretend we are sisters.
Alex: I want o be the baby Waaaa!!
Mary: I want to be the older sister.
G: No I want to be the older saister!
G: So Im the oldest sister. Right?
M: Okay lets be twins.
G: Yes..but Ill be the older twin
M: Awww Cant I be the oldest twin
G: Ummmm Okay
M: Yah thanks Georgia SO Im the oldest twin?
G: Yeah..but I be the twin that acts the oldest.
Honestly when you take the time to slow down and listen to your children it does surely bring a grin to the face.
In our group of friends we are all wishing we were younger than we are. I wonder when this happened!
Here is a fantastic blog that embraces simple living off the grid and living co operatively with the Amish. I am hooked. Due to dial up connection here, it takes forever to see all the posts so I have only scratched the surface of this blog. I was so impressed with the Amish way of ALWAYS helping their friends, even when visiting and NEVER leaving their friends out on a limb, practically and financially. If you love simple living or need inspiration to contuinue simple living in this crazy fast world we live, grab and coffeee and read. Naturally I got this site from Rhonda at down to earth. I read everything she recommends!!
Simple living everyone
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
used a photo as a guide for the rest..which explains why bits are a bit wonky! Overall though Im pleased with it. I was waiting to finish it so that I could put the last of the decorations and this hanging in a box and away until next Christmas. And I have done that so Christmas.Is.Over!
Im enjoying doing my scrappy windmill quilt. Its good to trim down some bits and watch more scraps disappear. And its nice to remember the quilts and wall hangings and projects the fabrics originally went into.
Weather is still throwing out hot hot days and the girls are either swimming in the pool or playing a Bratz playstation game which as far as I can tell involves, dressing the Bratz at the mall and meeting up for smoothies!
Have a happy sunny day
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Yah!! I finally managed how to this block!! The internet for once has been very unhelpful and I found only one listing under Windmill block (without instructions thou) SO Kristy gave me a clue as to how she had done hers and with a bit of trimming here and there I managed to through one out. I love this block so much for my quilt scraps year and I bought some tan homespun to tie it all in with . My hubby laughs when I go on about scraps as he said how can they be scraps when Ive paid for the material originally. He definately doesnt "get" quilting!! Although he does know that quilting seams are quarter inch (knowledge by wifely osmosis)
I havent blogged for a few days but its been very quiet here. Just sun and swimming and wishing we were back in Mahia with Moko.
Friday, January 16, 2009
Dad and Alex and moko enjoy the calm sea.
Georgia and Moko.
Moko loves to play with balls and boogie boards...but good luck getting them back!!
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
Thursday, January 8, 2009
stories up from our deck to the neighbours (faraway) shed with ease.(although we are sure she must leave a dent in the neighbours roof).. I REALLY hope that one day soon I wont be able to comment on neighbouring sheds because theyll be faraway over several paddocks..sigh..
This is definitely the last stocking..Ive had enough. Although I could probably still so a Christmas wall hanging..the Christmas creative urge is just clinging in there still, but stockings _I'm so over!!
It was an absolute oven outside today. And then on the news all they could harp on about was how hot Christchurch was-in the 40s apparently while we in sunny Hawkes Bay clocked up a measly 28 degrees..everybody here was in shock. Now I don't want to offend any one in Christchurch but it was so hot here that it was easily the hottest or equal to the hottest day so far. Infact we went o town briefly and went to Ruse Munroes for an icecream and it melted during the handover phase!! I swear its true!! Now its 11 at night and its still sweltering. Oh and if you are wondering it was easily in the thirties today -easily!!
Ive got a great book from the library today on living off the grid and Im enjoying reading through it. Some guy in England travelled the country talking to off griders. Some are just hippies with no sort of lifestyle Id want and some are people who live the life I want. Anyway its interesting and in places inspiring. I also got a book on raising chickens. Also eagerly looking forward to reading this. I will probably read it while awake tonight until it cools down (if it cools down!!)
have a (cool) evening
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
I find I am sick.of.stockings. The one to the left I finished last night. Then today I went and bought a whole overpriced metre of vislieofix to finish the other I am now on. How ridiculous is that. I needed anout a tenth of that. It the recession , Im looking at recipes for pigeon pies and I cant afford to do this!! Its the year of the slashing of the stash. Oh well, lesson learned (i suppose).
After the third cat is completed I am going to get back to my flyfoot quilt and begin blocks for a scrappy windmill quilt. I do have to buy some homespun for this but it is a necessary evil. Gorgeous hubby did give me avoucher for Spotlight but Im going to spend it when the girls go back to school and I have a few hours in which to browse once there is a decent sale.
Monday, January 5, 2009
I used every last thing from my (immense) stash and I plan to make another two cat inspired ones for our cat community here in this home. I do have to buy some viselofix but other than that it will be stash all the way ..yah!!
Gorgeuos hubby and I are tired. We stayed up to watch Sweeney todd..Very bloody and unexpectedly tragic story. Also got a shock when I relised that Georgia sings one of these songs (not to worry) as part of her singing reportoire. We let her watch that particular singing part but shielded her from the rest (Youll know why if you ever see it!!)
I discovered this blog and have enjoyed a good read. I love the fact that she lives in the house on the farm that her grandfather built. I grew up on my Grandfathers farm and loved it. That land is spiritual to me. Then in 1987 our family tragically lost it in unforseen horrible circumstances. When I pass that farm now I feel a profound feeling of loss and nostalgia and feel quite sick that other people are there. Since my Dad passed in 2005 the feeling for that land has intensified. SO while reading the passion and the heart that this blog writer has for her farm I do feel very empathetic . I hope though that our new land when we get there will elecit the same sort of blog from me, that of more self sufficiency and good homesteading.
Its such a hot day today, no where but the pool is agreeable...then the weather review gives some modest temperature that is no where near the truth. Id say it was easily in the thirties today.
Saturday, January 3, 2009
Friday, January 2, 2009
Heres a blurry photo of my chosen new dec..a Pukeko. I love them although I just learnt that they hunt down and kill baby ducklings :(
And here is a decoration given to Georgia when in one of her musicals this last year.
Oh here is the mostly comlpeted Christmas tree just needs a ribbon and a bell..
One of a few decs bought after Christmas for half price at Farmers..
And here is what inspired this posting tonight (apart from the fact that at elevan oclock at night it is still too hot too sleep!!)..my lovely tree. Im still lighting it up at night and the smell of pine though quite faint is still there. Its not so brown it looks awful and I think Ill be very sad on the 5th to pull it down. I feel so Christmasy still at night as it is on.
Happy humid night to you all..
Thursday, January 1, 2009
(she has many glorious quilts I want : ) ) But this is a windmill pattern and will be gorgeous done with my 2009 scrap quilt challenge I have raved on about for a while now. I just need to find some measurements on the web. (Im hopeless at figuring these things out for myself i have discalculia!)
I have bought a whole lot of reproduction prints from a trader on Trade me and I am excited by this find as I may almost have enough for the nine patch quilt I will be making with this year.
Days are soooooooo hot. Just boiling. Hubby and kids spend time in the pool but I always seem to have other things Iwant to do more urgently. I should give up the rush and just enjoy the water I guess.
Alex has lost her third tooth. The new one is already through. She has inherited a genetic disorder which causes her enamel to come off..we are so keen to see if her new teeth have this as it may be just on her babies..Georgias teeth came out from age four regularly and easily..Alexs are so slow to come out..Plus some of her babies didnt come through for instance the canine teeth came through where the next front teeth should be. So when she announces she has a wriggly tooth I get very excited!! Maybe this is why the tooth fairy gave her $4.00 this time (well it was Christmas)
And this is going to the beach recently the girls love it when the top of the jeep comes off. Georgia was grumpy about something in this photo..she soon cheered up when we hit the beach.
We all spent New Years eve at our friends 20 acre block in the country. They are from Yorkshire originally and by their own admisssion are very supersitious. SO their tree doesnt come down til the 12th day etc. (I like this one!). But the one Id never heard was that after the old year had passed a dark haired man has to be the first person over the threshold to their house! We all left the house. celebrated the new year outside and then gorgeous hubby (who was the only dark haired man) opened the door and walked in, thereby leaving the path open for the rest of us to saftely follow!
I hope you are all looking foward to the new year as much as I.