Central Plateau, North Island

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

Monday, 18 July 2011

Winter days

The shortest day has been and gone ,but the coldest are yet to come. Good times to be inside and look at new projects.
Sewing? Quilting? Housework? Tidying up?Baking? Maybe a day out?
“NOT another one??” queries Hugh., No, just some of the unfinished ones to sort out, priority being  gifts for our Japanese friends who arrive in just 4 weeks.I need to have a gift for their family at home as well, will a bag with special New Zealand fabric be acceptable??? The gifts need to be lightweight, able to go through customs easily, be similar for every person, and made with much thought,care and love.
These 6 bags were the last to be picked up and put in the bag for Wellington,  bags,5 are from Val Devlin ,with her lovely toggles once again, one with the music fabric will I’m sure, go to someone very special. The striped one was from one of Val's friends. I tried to arrange them on the table at Post  Haste Couriers, before they were packed into the larger bag,  all the time hoping not too many customers would come in and watch me.
Colleen  Bags July 2011
Some more arrived in the post, in time, from Ann Cleary, the pockets have a heart on, and this  will  make sure the bags will be treasured for a long time.
Ann Cleary bags July 2011

360 bags

Stream in flood 17th July 2011Just a few days of rain and the Tutaenui stream is dirty, running fast and high.I heeded the family warnings and did not go near the edge. I had been reminded of the person who ventured too close to a bank in the snow to get a better photo, the bank collapsed   and the photo told the whole sad story later on.
Tomorrow is firewood day, I watch while Hugh uses the chainsaw. Just the job to warm us up, and if there is a frost again, the morning temperature will be very low. It always seems hard work at the time, but the following winter the satisfaction of a warm fire makes it all so worthwhile.
Quotation of the day.. from Lewis Carroll, 1832-1898
An excerpt from   Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.
“  “Begin at the beginning”,the King said, gravely, “and go on till you come to the end: then stop” ”
Cheers from Jean

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