Central Plateau, North Island

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

Saturday, 31 March 2018

Gold and Green and more colours

Do you remember the story of our overnight stay in Oamaru?

Short version, we were in the butcher’s shop, waiting to collect the HUGE ham for the wedding, I mentioned we could not get any accommodation for the night, one lovely tall good looking ( did I mention YOUNG as well )  said we could stay with him. Another  very kind gentleman suggested the same. Then Jill, standing just behind me, said “ Come and stay with Alister and me”. We did. The  ending of this tale is that I made a large toy bag for their grandson Jack, ( our way of saying a huge thank you )   posted it down to the South Island ( this time with Track and Trace ) and it might have flown to Australia by now. In true Aussie colours, dark green and gold applique words.The letters are really yellow, but just do not show as well in these photos.  Here it is.

Jack's Toy Bag #4Jack's toy bag

Jack's toy Bag #2

Jack's Toy Bag #3

Made to last, be dragged round the concrete, dumped in a sand pit, and taken out on trips and holidays. Enjoy your time in Australia, my new so generous and wonderful friends.

The month of March colour was Yellow, and Golden Ted sneaked home by a whisker, one day ahead of closing. He has a blue skipping rope and handles, and again is in batik fabrics. The background is not pale blue, but a homespun fabric  in pale calico colour. This is going to go to Christchurch at the end of the year, when all the coloured Teds are made.

Yellow Ted March 2018

Quotation of the day, author unknown

“ Yellow, the colour of sunshine,

joy, happiness, intellect and energy.

Let it be with us throughout the world”

Greetings from Jean.


Jenn Jilks said...

You are such a good person, no wonder people are good to you!
I love your treasures. xx

Jim said...

The kindness of strangers! How wonderful to hear.
Now that the snow storms have probably stopped till next year (I will be SO sorry I said this!! lol), I believe we are heading into our 'pale green month when croci and Snow Drops poke up out of the cold ground and lead the way to late spring and then summer!

Yvonne @Quilting Jetgirl said...

It's lovely that so many people offered their homes to you, and what an awesome toy bag!!

Carol Mattingly said...

Jean I love this post because today I got Foxy in the mail. I couldn't believe it. I sent you an email. Now he will be riding with me to Louisville tomorrow for Easter Sunday with my 6 month old niece's baby girl, Emma June, to hold and love forever. Thank you so much. He is adorable. You are such a good friend. Carol

Lori Skoog said...

That is one gorgeous bag!

Nancy J said...

Thank you all for lovely comments and greetings. The best news of all to know Foxy has finally arrived in Tennessee, after 6 long weeks of travel. He will be exhausted, and is off to live with Emma June. Thanks Carol, for the good news. To you all, safe travels over Easter, fine weather, and time with friends and family.

Barb said...

I've always believe that what goes around comes around. My own grandson, Jack, would have loved that bag when he was a littler guy! I love Ted's batik. Hope you're feeling well.

Susan Heather said...

What a wonderful Toy Bag for you new friends to take to Australia. I am so pleased to hear that Foxy has finally arrived.

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

Your kindness and thoughtfulness is an example to follow, as is the kindness of strangers becoming new friends at a moment when it's needed the most.

eileeninmd said...

Hello, it is great to hear of these kind acts. It was super nice of Jill and Alister to offer you and Hugh a place to stay. The toy bag for Jack is awesome. The Golden Ted is cute. I love the quote. Happy weekend and Happy Easter to you and your family.

Carole @ From My Carolina Home said...

What a fun gift, Jack is sure to love it for some time to come.

Raewyn said...

A thoughtful gift for the thoughtful strangers now friends. Did you use drill or similar for the toy bag for extra robustness? YOur bear is lovely - I've saved these but haven't started them yet!

Sandra Walker said...

I sure DO remember the story! Warmed my heart. A lovely green and gold gift, Jean, for lovely people. Cute bear block!

A Joyful Chaos said...

That bear block is beautiful!

Loved the little quote about the color yellow.


Sharon - IN said...

What a sweet thank you gift! Golden Ted is adorable!

Fundy Blue said...

What a lovely thank you gift, Jean! You are so talented, and you spread love around. I'm happy to have you as a friend!