Central Plateau, North Island

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

Saturday, 27 August 2016

Voting, trees on a quilt, and courage.




Lily Pad Quilting

The entries are in, and the voting has started. NO,not for  the US President , but over at               

   Lily Pad Quilting   

this is the link  for you to  hop over there to vote.    This is open to everyone, anyone, not just those of us who participated with a cat, dog,or other animal,or a pet themed quilt photo.There are some beautiful cats there, and as I am a cat lover, listed them first.Then the dogs, soft coats, expressive eyes, and with their mates or siblings. Then the pet themed quilts, I am left in total awe at those.

My entry is # 46, and the voting is so easy.

Finn, Jeanette and 2 knitted quilts

Here is one  more pic  of the two latest gingers in our family For any new readers of my blog, once upon a time we had 5 cats. One by one, they left us, and new ones arrived. Max is the largest, fluffiest, gentlest ginger boy I have met.Then there is Boris, the tiny fellow who arrived last year on our back doorstep  late one night. He has grown to be the “warrior” his name depicts.We have always wondered if indeed Max is his Dad? Here he is with the same question!!!

Boris and Max  June 2015,are you my Dad

Meantime, I have made some progress on the “Mod-ified Tree”, and it isn’t alone, the surplus strips are on 6 placemats,  The binding is the only part left to do.

Cut into wavy strips, ready to applique.

Modified tree strips #1

The strips are on, one edge is done,others trying hard not to blow away in the wind.

Modified Tree #2

I decided this would be a table runner, and need to embellish the centre with some more striking wavy lines like rays of sunshine, as a Christmas down here is in summertime.And  the  binding will be my favourite flange, blue  top fabric,  with a tiny peep of dark navy for  contrast.

Modified Tree #3

Modified tree place mats

We have gale winds, no damage, sunshine above, daffs flowering, and snowdrops blooming.

This week, we heard news of a courageous lady who spent more than 4 weeks alone in a hut in a very remote part of the South Island.

Pavlina  Pizova and her partner, Ondrej Petr, were tramping on the Routeburn Track, when he fell and became trapped. Pavlina made her way down,  sadly he died. After 2 days in the open, Pavlina tramped through waist deep snow to reach the  warden’s hut at Lake Mackenzie, heavy snow covering all the track markers. Avalanches roared outside, she had frozen feet with frostbite, and this very brave courageous lady stayed there, defying all odds, managing to survive on the rations left there, until a message on Facebook alerted people . She made an “H” in the snow with ashes from the fire.

Pavlina  publicly thanked  DOC, SAR teams and police  for her rescue and the recovery of Ondrej’s body, and Mrs Vladka Kennet, Honorary Consul, from Queenstown , for all her support.

I admire her with all my heart, and wish her a safe return to her home country of the  Czech Republic.

The recovery team on the Routeburn Track, South Island. Photo Courtesy of the Internet and Police.The recovery team at work off the Routeburn Track. Photo / Police

Quotation of the day,from Alice MacKenzie Swaim

“Courage is not the towering oak

that sees storms come and go;

it is the fragile blossom that opens in the snow”

Greetings from Jean


Fundy Blue said...

The picture of Boris and Max is so funny! I can't imagine cutting and appliquing all those wavy strips; but, the end result is gorgeous! Lovely placemats too! The story about Pavlina Pizova is truly inspiring ~ so sad she lost her partner. I love how you share these heroic stories, Jean. Hugs to you and Hugh!

Out To Pasture said...

Sorry to hear of the dreadful mishap encounterd by the Czech couple. Hard to imagine your snow storms while we, on the other side of this planet, are having a heat wave. I love, love, love your two handsome ginger boys.

camp and cottage living said...

Oh, what a truly courageous woman! I'm so glad she survived her ordeal. Was your quilted table runner hard to applique? I'm not too good sewing curves.

eileeninmd said...

Hello Jean, Max and Boris are both cute kitties. Great photo. Your table runner is beautiful, I love it.

What inspiring story on Pavlina, Thank God for her rescuers.

Happy weekend to you!

Jenny said...

Love your table runner and matching placemats - haven't you been busy!

Summer said...

Your cats are cute and your quilting too ♥


KB said...

Your photo of your ginger cats is wonderful! Your quilt is too. I'm heading over to vote for your quilt!

I hope that you are well and relaxing in the midst of all your quilting!

Jocelyn is Canadian Needle Nana said...

That photo of your beloved cats is a beautiful one. Cats have their own special allure. Your quilting is coming along nicely. What a story of survival! Thanks for sharing and Happy Spring!

Barb said...

I'm off to vote - I hope it's not too late. What a story of survival. Glad you're still busy stitching as the wind howls.

Jenn Jilks said...

Such a hopeful post, and then this rescue. So sad.

Teresa in Music City said...

Love that picture of Boris and Max!!! Gingers are a favorite with me, although it has been a long time since we had one in our family. What a harrowing survival story! Both good and sad endings...