Central Plateau, North Island

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

Monday, 10 June 2019

Snippets from Home and from a Friend

Quite a long time ago, a wonderful friend  lived opposite us in the Bay of Plenty. She had a great sense of humour, still does, and occasionally would send me some lines.
Last year she flew, from Townsville, to Brisbane, to NZ, and had a few days with us. We laughed, and cried when she went back. Next year, 2020, will be her next visit, but… you know who.. gave me this a long time ago.
I, the willing, having been lead by the knowing,
 into doing the impossible, for the ungrateful,
and having done so much for so long with so little
am now highly qualified to do anything with
absolutely nothing.
Meantime, the alterations are almost all done, the dust has settled nicely over everything in every room. New curtains are waiting, china and books need a thorough clean, and my fabric rests  in a wonderful jumble on the settee. The towels are on a big chair, the bookcase has more plumbing essentials, but we can see the end is coming closer!!
The two bears have gone south and are hanging on the wall. Thanks Dione  at Clever Chameleon for the inspiration, the others are waiting to be made into a quilt, that will also go to join these ones

I am waiting, not patiently at all, to get fabric and all else nicely arranged in the storage room. It should be all painted and finished  on Friday.
Quotation of the day, from Marie Kondo
“ Life truly begins
after you have put your house in order”

Greetings from Jean.


Susan Heather said...

Pleased to hear everything is coming along nicely. Looking forward to "finished" photos. Like the "quote".

Carole @ From My Carolina Home said...

It won't be long now, until you are back sewing and creating again!!

Kate said...

I'm glad you will soon have access to all your wonderful fabric, again.

eileeninmd said...


It is nice you are looking forward to your friend's next visit. Love the cute bears. I am happy your house renovation is winding down, I am sure you will be happy when it is all done. Wishing you a happy day and a great new week!

Sandra Walker said...

Amen to what Marie said and to getting a sewing room in order! Can't wait to see! The bears are so cute; friends and quilting help keep our sanity throughout the renovation trials...

Jenny said...

You will be so pleased that the alterations are almost done and you can start enjoy living in your renovated home. Its been a while, hasnt it. But good things take time

KB said...

I am so happy that the alterations are almost finished. Quiet will envelop your new home, and you can settle in peacefully. Smiles to you.

Inger said...

I agree with Marie Kondo as I keep trying to get to a perfect place here. But then reading your friend's quote I think I must begin to believe that I am doing a lot and getting a lot done. It just seems so never ending. I'm so happy that you are getting your house in order. And so happy to have brought out the beautiful bag you gave me, which reminds me of a June field in Sweden.

Carol Mattingly said...

You are in the home stretch now Jean. Hang in there. It's almost over and you'll have a gorgeous home and lots of quilting time. Carol

Our photos said...

Nice ! I like the the bears !

Rain said...

Hi Jean :)) It sounds like you're ready for some crafting! Your bears are very cute!! :)

Tanya said...

How nice to have that project almost done! More space for more bears?

Fundy Blue said...

Heading backwards! I remember your darling bears from before, Jean! It sounds like all is progressing well in your new home. I love Marie Kondo. Open my sock drawer, and you'll know I read her book!