Central Plateau, North Island

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

Friday, 30 October 2015

Lime Green and Pastel Pink


The English Elm is in full blossom, and the hanging branches are loaded with flowers.

English Elm Flowers

Across the driveway, the Cherry Trees have almost lost the darker pink blooms, the pale ones are loaded, all branches hanging down with so many flowers. Hugh’s photo below, early this morning.

Flowering Cherry Tree, Hugh's photos

Pale pink Cherry Tree Blossom

Cherry Blossom close up

Another photo from Hugh’s camera, the clematis vine is growing so tall, and climbing into the trees at the back. Pink and white colours.Some flare from the early morning sunshine.

Clematis vine with early morning sunlight


The huge log cabin blocks are progressing slowly, and on the back shelf for a while. These are 19inch blocks, and I am using all the left overs  from the Wiggle me quilt. ( and adding a few more strips) I hope to have the blocks in the rainbow colours, and place them diagonally across the quilt.This is a very long term project, quilting along with Allie, and if any other quilters have joined  in too. The darks are not quite as dark as in the  photo.  I am so enjoying having a design wall or TWO, so easy now to put up, check the strips or blocks, and stand back and admire or otherwise. Easy to put away, as one slides behind the other, taking up no room at all.Log cabin blocks together

The Courthouse Steps, a large block, is easy to assemble, with all the given measurements. the other blocks from everyone else are on the Facebook page with Midnight Mystery , at  Meadow Mist Designs, I need more blue batik, and a visit to Levin or Waikanae might be the next step in finding the right colour.

Courthouse steps #1

Springtime is continuing, mornings have been cool, warm days, and lots of sunshine.Bulbs still flowering, veges growing, blossom on fruit trees, lawns green, and firewood a magnificent heap!!

All is well,  down here, and now Hugh is recovered from surgery, and relatively pain-free, I am so thankful and grateful for all your support and emails, love and care sent over the last months and year. He will continue to have sciatic nerve problems, with odd sensations, numbness,pins and needles,  and more, for months,  maybe until next year or longer, but we manage to live with this.  The surgeon said everyone  after their spinal surgery tells him of this, and there are so many odd feelings, from ants crawling, to muscle twitches, and everything in-between. The cataract surgery is next, and should be very soon. Then I will have a man with an eye patch!!!Temporary, thank goodness.

Quotation of the day, author unknown

“ No-one can go back in time and make a  brand new beginning,

but any-one can start from now and make a brand new ending”

Greetings from Jean


eileeninmd said...

Hello Jean, I love your gorgeous blooms and images. The clematis is amazing, growing so well. And your quilt blocks are looking lovely. I am glad Hugh is recovering well!
Enjoy your day and the weekend!

Barb said...

Jean - it's snowing blossoms at your house! I can't believe that prolific clematis! Your quilt is progressing steadily. It looks like a great spring/summer project. I'm glad Hugh is recuperating well from the spinal surgery. He and Bob will both be pirates. Bob must have cataract surgery in the spring.

Out To Pasture said...

So glad to learn that Hugh's spinal operation was a success and he's healing up nicely. Also, having had cataracts removed myself, I know how bright and colourful everything must now be for him. I've never seen an English Elm in blossom before. Absolutely gorgeous! And your cherry trees and clematis vine are show stoppers as well. So nice to see your Spring blooms on the other side of our planet! Your log cabin blocks are certainly rich and vibrant. The design wall was a great idea!

Linda said...

Absolutely gorgeous, Jean!

Carol Mattingly said...

What gorgeous gorgeous blooms. I wish for Spring here, but not til Fall is done. I am so grateful that Hugh is better. What a blessing. Carol

TexWisGirl said...

beautiful blooming trees!

The Furry Gnome said...

So glad Hugh's surgery went well! I sympathize, since i'm up for more soon too. Amazing to see trees in blossom at this time of year!

KB Bear said...

The best news of all is that Hugh is recovered. And I'm sure he'll keep getting better for a while. That is wonderful.

And I'm glad that it's springtime somewhere. To be honest, this is my least favorite time of year here... so please keep sharing those gorgeous spring photos!

Great quote. I'm taking it to heart. Pain can make a person forget that they are in control of their own destiny. But I am, despite it.

Leeanne said...

lots of 'springness' jumping forward in your garden! Lovely BIG log cabin blocks.

Julie Fukuda said...

I'm sitting here in a wool shirt from New Zealand and looking at pictures of spring.
I love those batik blocks. Just looking at them would make me want to do some too.
Sciatic nerves are not much fun to live with so Hugh has my sympathy.

Mystic Quilter said...

Wonderful to see the trees all showing Spring colours and your clematis rambling away there is magnificent! Pleased to read that Hugh has recovered from surgery and as you say it is possible to live with the other symptoms although having similar issues myself they can be a jolly nuisance!

Allie-oops Designs said...

As our foliage is dying, heading into winter, I'm especially enjoying your spring pictures!!! So gorgeous. Your log cabin is stunning, Jean, so very very beautiful!! Glad to hear Hugh is doing so well, he should come through the cataract surgery just fine - mum did twice!

Georgia said...

Don't think I've ever seen an Elm in bloom. What a beautiful thing. Thanks Jean. Cheers to Hugh.

Jennifer A. Jilks said...

These photos are so heart-warming, as our leaves are dead, and frost begins. The deer are busy in the yard, too. So glad hubs is healing well and you are having an easier time of it! xx
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