Monday, February 20, 2012

All sorts

Those of you interested in samplers might find this link The Sampler Tearoom rather interesting. Thanks Karen!

The lovely Nicola is having a competition of funny sleeping positions for animals and humans! Here is my contribution.

About two years ago we found Meg asleep in the empty fruit bowl. She had never done it before, so we were very surprised.

Note to self - don't leave the fruit bowl empty in future

I think it was only a matter of weeks before we were even more surprised to find Giggsy (who is far bigger than Meg) also asleep in the fruit bowl! (He has always loved being in things - we have photos of him in the washing basket, in the bath, in boxes etc). What a gallah!

Now all the cats are doing it!!

We keep the fruit bowl full now :-) and they haven't shown any further interest in it since these photos were taken.

Tomorrow is our third wedding anniversary. My aim is to do something memorable on each anniversary - on our first anniversary we took some of the family to the beautiful White Swan hotel/restaurant in Greytown, on our second anniversary we had a few days away in Taupo and on our third anniversary we will be... going to Kapiti Island! You might remember in a recent post I said it was somewhere I wanted to go - and luckily I managed to get hold of two permits for the 21st (the permits are the way the conservation department control the flow of visitors to the island, to protect it). I'm so excited! Hopefully I'll get some good photos to share with you (the weather was gorgeous today and with any luck it will stick around for tomorrow).

Wedding-Paul 055

Hope you are having a wonderful week!

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Museum samplers

DH and I were at Te Papa museum in Wellington today. I borrowed DH's phone so I could take some photos of their samplers to share with you.

They are not great photos as they are kept in relatively dark conditions and are set back quite far from the glass (I would so love a closer look!). But anwyay, here they are -

1. Jane Somerville, 1845 - a Scottish sampler

Jane Somerville 1845 ~ a Scottish sampler on display at Te Papa

2. Mary Adams 1842 - age 8
Mary Adams age 8 years 1842 - a sampler on display at Te Papa

3. Mary Adams 1846 - age 13
Mary Adams 1846 - a sampler on display at Te Papa

It was only when I was looking at the photos I realised two of the samplers were by the same person. Mary Adams was certainly a young stitcher!

I think the only other place I have seen a sampler on display was in Ballymena, Northern Ireland at their city museum. Unfortunately, I can't remember anything about it now!

Wouldn't it be cool if there was a museum dedicated entirely to samplers!? :-)

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Stars, trees and things

I thought I'd pop in and update my blog with a progress photo of Growing Like A Tree. I can't believe that the centre is now almost complete and then it's just the border to go. I'm not usually very good with finishing large projects, I have only completed a few in the 18 years or so I have been stitching. But a finish is definitely on the cards!

Progress @ 18 February 2012

I haven't done any stitching since last weekend, as we spent quite a bit of time with a visiting relative and had a night out to the planetarium. Four years ago I bought a telescope for viewing the night sky, and we have never seen a thing through it! They were offering a course in how to use your telescope, so DH and I signed up. We are still not convinced we will be able to use it, but it gave us some ideas of things to try. If we can't work it out we're going to take it to a repairer and find out if there is a piece missing (we don't think it should be so hard to use). I feel we could be missing out on an exciting hobby. Are there any other stitching star gazers out there?

Hope you're having a lovely weekend!

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

Making hay while the sun shines!

I recently won a prize on Sanae's blog. The prize was some Japanese needles, and she included a skein of Waterlilies thread as a surprise. It was so much fun to receive a parcel from Japan. Thank you Sanae! :-)

Fun mail from Japan

This weekend just past was a long weekend. So, on Sunday we took a boat ride to Matiu/Somes Island. Now I drive past this island in the middle of Wellington Harbour twice a day... and I had never actually visited. So a group of us jumped on the ferry and enjoyed a couple of hours discovering it. What a fantastic little island. The day was very grey, but it was very warm.

The only way to get there is to take the ferry...

On the way to Somes Island...  my first time ever, and I see it almost every day

There are some nice vistas, but I'm sure they'd look much better on a blue sky day. (We haven't seen one of those since Christmas!!).

Looking towards the exit to Wellington Harbour

On arrival at the island you have to go through biosecurity. It sounds extreme, but it is so species... like this Tuatara who my DH spotted sitting under a tree... can thrive.

Tuatara... Ronnie spotted this guy sitting on th bank next to the path... awesome!

The next day we decided to climb Mt Kaukau. It offers 360 degree views of Wellington, the Hutt Valley, Makara, the South Island and Porirua. It was quite a hike, but the sun came out and the views were definitely worth it!

This is Wellington Harbour. Somes Island is visible on the left, just above the tree line.

Wellington harbour from Mt Kaukau

This is the view out to Makara, with the South Island in the distance.

Looking out over Makara and towards the South Island from Mt Kaukau

Tonight I'm putting my feet up after two days of lots of walking, and plan to stitch until bedtime. I have been making progress on my sampler, but I don't want to bore you with too many updates.