Monday, March 19, 2012

A Liebster award

Thank you Weustygirl for the Liebster award! :-)

Liebster is a german word meaning favourite, dearest or beloved. The Liebster is awarded by bloggers to other new bloggers who have fewer than 200 followers, to help spread the word about their blogs and to help them gain wider recognition.

The Liebster award comes with four conditions that each recipient must satisfy when accepting.

1. Choose 5 up-and-coming blogs with less than 200 followers to award the Liebster to

2. Show your thanks to the blogger who gave you the award by linking back to them.

3. Post the award on your blog. List the bloggers you are giving the award to with links to their sites. Leave comments on their blog so they know about the award.

4. Share 5 random facts about yourself that people dont know about you.


Five random facts about me -

1. I recently participated in a 7km fun run/walk and raised $180 for my local animal rescue shelter (I learnt that it is very hard getting money out of people!!)

2. Before we set sail to Kapiti Island a few weeks ago, I got locked in a public toilet. I will never forget the feeling of panic, it was like all the blood rushed to my feet and I couldn't see properly. I banged on the door and eventually pulled myself together and managed to get out. In the days after that I read about two other people who this has happened to. Luckily I didn't go through a wash cycle or need to call the police like the other two people.

3. I wrote to my local paper a few weeks ago about Pukeko fatalities on a road I travel on most days. Someone in the council must have read it and took prompt action as one week later I was travelling home and they had put Pukeko road signs up.

Below is a photo of a Pukeko. They are not endangered, but they are a protected species.

Pukeko (swamp hen)

And here is one at a nature reserve trying to undo my DH's shoelaces! lol

This Pukeko was trying to undo my DH's shoelace

4. I once stayed in a hotel in the Netherlands which was actually also a hospital. Complete with nurses feeding patients in the breakfast room and screaming patients at night. It is probably one of my more colourful travel stories.

5. I have worked at the same firm for nearly 19 years. I left twice to travel. I can see myself there for the forseeable future.

Five other bloggers I am awarding this to (just a few of my favourite blogs) -

1. Catherine @ Catherine's Sewing Corner

2. Suzanne @ Squazi & the Chickens

3. Anne @ Dolls Musings

4. Daniela @ My Needle Art

5. Lee @ Notes from Under the Mountain

Friday, March 16, 2012

Curly Q Ewe progress

I looked back and discovered I started Curly Q Ewe back in 2009. I definitely plan to put my pedal to the metal (or the needle to the fabric) and get this finished up soon.

Curly-Q-Ewe WIP (this has been ongoing for far too long)

A number of you commented on the yellow flower in my last post. It is a Coneflower. Each time a new flower has appeared in my wildflower garden I have referred to the website where I bought the seeds to check out what they are. I have learnt a lot over the summer!

Coneflower

My garden has been confused by the odd summer we have experienced. Some parts think it is autumn (the leaves on the trees are changing colours) and others think it is spring (we have a late flowering lupin, a hydrangea which has just burst into bloom and a couple of trees with flowers on them that look suspiciously like blossoms!).

I have to say that I am quite anxious about winter this year. Last year we got snow for the first time. It was fun at first, until it got really heavy and lasted for several days. While it made for some lovely photos, it didn't make for a good time. I hope we don't get the same again this year! (New Zealand houses don't cope well with our usual winter climate, let alone weather extremes).

Look, no vehicles.  That's because we had to WALK home!!

Today I had the day off work. One of my sisters and I took my parents and my niece out for lunch, and then we went to the park. I had mentioned several weeks ago to Phoebe that one day we would go to the park together. About two weeks after that I got a text from my sister saying 'did you tell my daughter you would take her to the park, because she keeps mentioning it'. LOL. I got my act together after that and organised it. We had a really fun time!

My niece Phoebe and I

Then we went back to my parents house and did some crafting. You're never too young to learn, right? (Phoebe will be 3 years old next month) :-)

You're never too young to start crafting, right?

Have a wonderful weekend!

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Sunshine and flowers

Just thought I'd stop by with some photos. I haven't really been stitching much lately, but when I have been stitching I've been working on Curly Q Ewe by LHN. I've had this on the go for about two years. I don't know why I'm dragging it out so long, it is such a sweet design! I'll share a photo next time.

Yesterday there was a very rare occurrence - sunshine! Like real proper, warm, summery sunshine. Like the stuff we've hardly seen over recent months. What a welcome sight it was.

Luckily, it was my DH's Saturday off so we headed out to the coast. I was so glad we did, it was just stunning.

Below is Kapiti Island - I wish the weather had been like this on the day we travelled there recently.

Kapiti Island

Kapiti Island from Raumati Beach

Today is grey and dreary again, but I managed to find some sunshine in my garden in the form of flowers.

Godetia flowers... they just flower, and flower and flower...

Coneflower

Even though autumn is just starting in the southern hemisphere, I already can't wait for Spring!

Hope you're having a lovely weekend!

Saturday, March 03, 2012

Kapiti

Some of you were looking forward to my Kapiti Island snaps... so I figured it was about time I posted them.

Stepping onto the island, for me, was almost like stepping into a movie set. There was dense native bush stretching up the mountain, Kakas (native parrots) flying overhead, driftwood beaches, wekas (ground dwelling birds) running around... I was so happy to be there! My photos do not do the island or it's bird life any justice at all, but here are a few pics.

One of the stretches of beach -

Beach on Kapiti Island

This next photo is of a Weka. As there are no predators on the island the birds have little fear of humans, which is great for seeing them up close.

Weka

There are two tracks to the summit of the island (Mt Tuteremoana), the steep Trig track or the slightly less steep Wilkinson track. We took the Trig track (as seen in the photo below) and never saw another soul until reaching the summit two hours later. My DH is very patient. I am not as fit as him but he never lets me get too far behind.

It took nearly two hours to reach the summit, it was hard work!

This photo is looking skyward at the regenerating native forest. Unfortunately, early settlers to Kapiti Island spent a long time burning off the native bush for farm land. It is now being restored by the conservation department.

Looking skyward and into the clouds... haven't seen much blue sky this summer

New Zealand has a lot of driftwood beaches, but I don't think I've ever seen this much in one place! When my DH came to live in NZ he didn't settle very well, even though he had been here a number of times before. It turned out one of the things that irked him was "all the bloody wood on the beaches, I hate it". Which we laugh about now, and really laughed about when we saw this scene!

Driftwood beach on Kapiti Island

This last photo is looking back towards the North Island. Unfortunately, when we reached the summit we were in the clouds. It would have been a stunning view on a nicer day. But that's OK, I definitely see more visits to Kapiti in my future.

View from Kapiti Island

We didn't know it, but as we departed the island there was one last treat in store for us. The boat slowed down, did a circle and then stopped. We were surrounded by a pod of dolphins! It couldn't have ended better!

Have a great weekend (we are being battered by storms - so great stitching weather so long as we don't have any more power outages!).