Central Plateau, North Island

Central Plateau, North Island
View from a friend's farm

Sunday, 23 November 2014

I Ordered Sunshine for the Photo Shoot, but…..


I have wanted to get some GOOD photos of the finished projects, and  we have had grey, cloudy days, until today, but I was sewing all day.

I have been following the Blogathon, the Canadian Quilters have put on a great show, with photos, tutorials, links, and so many more members than I can  visit in a day.Best of all,  well not quite, as the quilts and bags and wall hangings take First Place!!…the maps showing  where each quilter lived, and then details of the area, population!!! number of lakes!!! and much more. I have been fascinated by photos of quilts, laid out on the snow or ice,  hanging in trees with snow underneath.


Sandy of Upstairs Hobby Room,… here … had this tutorial for coasters, so I made 6, then added a larger one, different design, loosely based on the pattern from Linda at   razzledazzlequilter.  …     to be posted South tomorrow. There is a birthday down there on 4th December, and I wanted something else to go in the box. Sandy, thanks so much for your email, this hop has been so enjoyable.

So, with no photos taken today, here are a few from August 2011, when we had the one and only snowfall at our home  since we came here in 2001. well, there was a little more falling on the next day. Buffalo people, dream about this minuscule amount, I phoned Son-in-law, on the farm down south, and boasted about our few inches, he laughed, they had 8 inches, and more was falling , icicles off the roof,  I stood outside so early in the morning and felt the flakes fall on my face, I walked so carefully, to not leave big footprints all over ,when I turned round to take some photos.

Later that week, Hugh and his brother Des ventured into the Ruahine Range, where there was a lot more snow than  at our home.

Some of you may have seen these before, but here they are again.

Our home, 7.10 a.m. August 2011, you can see the tracks left after Hugh had taken the quad and trailer, to fill the wood box by the left side doorway.

house at 7.10 a.m aug 15th 2011

Taken from the front door looking to the driveway and front gates.

driveway in  august

This was as far as the quad bike could go, too deep, turn around was  just past this area.

Snow on Takapari Road, 2011

Ruahine Range snow, on Takapari Road.

Ruahine ranges snow Aug 2011

The  outdoor table, before the fingerprint. And after, one finger had to poke at the lower left edge!!!

Someone had to make sure it really  was snow

outside table at 5.10 a.m. aug 15th5.10 a.m. August 15th, 2011, one fingerprint.

Here is snow on the farm down south. May 2013. And like those of my blog friends  in US or Canada,  south of Dunedin in Otago,  they are used to having falls like this every winter.

farm from front 28th May framed

Quotation of the day, author unknown

“Gray skies are just clouds passing over.”

Greetings from Jean


Inger said...

Snow in August sounds so upside down, which I guess our world is. I'm glad you are enjoying quilting and the blogs about it. Would love to see some pictures of quilts in snow. Thank you so much for all your caring comments.

eileeninmd said...

Pretty wintry scenes.. The last image is gorgeous and I love the quote.. Have a happy day!

Carol Mattingly said...

We had snow here earlier in the week, 2 inches, but it melted Wednesday when the temps went to 40. Yesterday was 60's, Monday was 17. Too weird. I love your snow images. I love snow just farther into the winter would be better. Carol

TexWisGirl said...

being raised in wisconsin which is up near the canadian border, i grew up with heavy winter snows. but living in texas for 30+ years has gotten me quite spoiled with our 'barely there' snows. one year we had 10 inches at once and it was almost unheard of for this are. :)

Jennifer A. Jilks said...

I love the snow. Ours is gone today. It's 10+ C. and I'm so sad.
I do admire quilters. My daughter made one of old t-shirts! Her hubby had a lot of them from various conferences!
Our beautiful snow is gone! It's 10+ C. and my decorations looks a bit silly with the green grass!!!

Georgia said...

So glad you're getting some sewing time in. Handmade gifts are great. So much love sewn in! Lv G

Barb said...

Sounds like you' ve been busy sewing, Jean. Lots of snow on the ground here and more to come in the next 2 days. My family is skiing. I'm keeping Sam who is napping.

Leeanne said...

Good to hear you have had some sewing time. Me being a winter lover has thoroughly enjoyed your snowy photo's!

Jim said...

I always wanted to make a quilt, Jean. And since the winters appear to be starting earlier and ending later.....what better time! We will see. I just sold a beautiful 'log cabin' quilt which belonged to Ron's mother. It was made in Springhill, Nova Scotia many years ago.

Jennifer A. Jilks said...

I love these!