Central Plateau, North Island

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

Saturday, 3 December 2016

Early Morning Sunshine at 6 a.m.


Suddenly the sunshine is here so early, Rising a lot further to the East, and shining above the roof to brighten up the tall gum trees. This was taken at  6 a.m., outside was  about 7 Celsius,  the fire was lit a little earlier.!!!

Gum trees in early morning sunshine December 2016

The Tibouchina has flowered almost all year, One bloom is  here on the sheltered side, new ones waiting .

Tibouchina December 2016

The pink Alstromeria are prolific, and shadow the few red ones. This is a lot deeper colour in the sunshine later on in the day.

Red Alstromeria December 2016

On the concrete steps, this poppy seed found enough nourishment to grow, and it is one of the very ruffled ones.

Red ruffled poppy 2016

The secret sewing is all finished, more fabrics are waiting, Bryan Gaskin Fabrics in Palmerston North is closing after 50 years in the “ rag trade”. We will miss this fabulous place to visit, browse, look at  those rolls of fabric all over again,  and purchase. I wish Bryan and Barbara a very happy retirement. So if any of my readers are near Palmerston North, visit and find all those fabulous   fabrics reduced!!! Silk, georgette, lawn, cotton,  satin, buttons, ribbons and threads!!!  And more!!!

Bryan and Barbara were one of the very generous sponsors when I started the “ Bags for Japan” project in 2011. Thanks again so much. Your fabrics,  stitched into bags,  winged their way to Japan, and  were so appreciated by those in the earthquake area and at Ronald McDonald House.

Photo courtesy of the Internet.

Bryan and Barbara  Gaskin

Quotation of the day, author unknown

“ Nature uses fabrics and threads of every colour, to sew and weave beauty everywhere”

Greetings from Jean


Barb said...

Hello Jean, I like seeing what your weather brings. I like the sunrise through your trees. Looks like you'll be missing one of your favorite fabric shops. Hope all is well with you and Hugh.

Jane said...

And here it is getting light later and later in the day and the sun sets so early. It's 2:30 pm and the sun is already starting set. That is a beautiful poppy you have been blessed with! It's always ad when a business stops. Especially when they are run by kind and generous people. Happy quilting!


Jenny said...

Its always so sad when a favourite shop closes.

We are getting bright sun shine through our bedroom windows bright and early these days. Robin says it is so bright it is rather like being interrogated as a prisoner. This only happens mid summer, then the sun will slowly move away again.

I love summer and the lovely long evenings we get here, living in Paradise as we do.

Jocelyn Thurston said...

Oh Jean, loved seeing your flowers and the ruffled poppy is so lovely. We of course are hurtling towards the shortest day of light of the year so full darkness by 4:30 in the afternoon. Gloomy weather lately making it seem worse. Sorry you will be missing your shop; usually it is the friendliest of people who run them.

KB Bear said...

As you see the sun earlier and earlier, I am so jealous! The darkness is the hardest part of winter for me.

I'm sorry about your fabric shop closing. I imagine how sad you are...

I hope that you and Hugh are both enjoying summertime :)

The Furry Gnome said...

Sounds like spring is coming! Just the opposite here.

eileeninmd said...

Hello, I would love the early daylight and sunshine. Your flowers are all love, I love the poppy. Is the fabric store having a retirement sale, it would be a good time to stock up on fabrics. Congrats to the retirees. Happy Saturday, enjoy your weekend!

Jenn Jilks said...

You work so very hard! I love your flowers!

Out To Pasture said...

While looking at your photo of the morning sun on your beautiful gum trees I could almost hear the dawn bird chorus. Wow, what a sumptuous red poppy. Unfortunately fabric shops are closing in my area as well. I find this strange when there are so many 'boomers' now retired and crafting. Enjoy your Spring!

Paige said...

Your flowers are all so pretty, especially the poppy! Sad to see a fabric shop close, the rolls of color are beautiful!

Mystic Quilter said...

Yes the sun is coming up earlier these days, and what a view of the sunrise over your trees. Alstromeria - are these pictured the very tall ones Jean or the newer "dwarf" variety? Whichever they're lovely and that poppy!!!

Lara B. said...

It's sad to see a favorite fabric shop close, but so nice that you were friends for all these years.
What lovely garden flowers Jean! A couple are not familiar ones to a northern hemisphere gardener.

Sandy W said...

Thanks so much for linking up with Let's S.E.W. and sharing such wonderful flower pictures and send off to your quilty friends!!

Terri @ Coloring Outside the Lines said...

I love to see the seasons changing. Your flowers are pretty- especially like the poppy. Sorry aboutyour fav store closing down, but I imagine you have a storeroom of fabrics if you are like other seamstresses I know! Have a super day!

Fundy Blue said...

I hope your quilting shop friends have a lovely retirement, Jean! It's a wonderful stage of life. And I love that quote at the bottom of your post ~ wonderful! Take care, my special friend!