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! :-)
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...
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!!).
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.
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.
This is the view out to Makara, with the South Island in the distance.
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.