Central Plateau, North Island

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

Monday, 7 April 2014

Flowers from a previous Year


There are not many flowers here now,  and  apart from some faded Cosmos, very sparse. These were taken a few years ago, mostly with my other Canon Ixus.

Camellia bloom


day lily 4


Day Lily lemon

Day Lily soft pink

Down here, we have ended Daylight Saving, a misnomer, as how can it be saved, do we store it away for a rainy day ( Haven’t had rain much at all for ages), some people think we have a longer day??? Usually there are 24 hours, one dear old lady imagined her day would be longer. So tonight, at 6 p.m. it was  quite dark.

Hugh continues to be so much better, less pain, no crutches, truly the miracle is lasting a lot longer, and days are a lot happier all round. We see the specialist on May 1st,  brought forward by 3 weeks ( Joy of joys!!), meantime I have been told, family orders, tell Dad not to overdo it now he is able to walk by himself.

I have  been doing some sewing . YES.. in 2011.  … I did what was called “ Saturday Sampler”  ..9 blocks, but when I looked at them late last year, decided they needed some more to make a decent sized quilt. Some new batiks have been added, and today the Bernina gave me some problems, tension not right no matter what I tried. I think I must have altered the presser foot tension when I sewed through, or tried to, some thick cord. Rang Jenny, and have the number of her wonderful “fix-it” man in Levin. So if this  adjustment  fails, we might need a drive south.Here are some of the blocks, the paler fabric is really a mossy green. I found the deep blue fabric at Masterton, just right for showing up the paler ones in the blocks, the lady there said “ It makes the other colours POP “. Hooray..

BOM 2BOM 3BOM 4BOM 5more fabric for more BOM squaresBOM 6

BOM  sashing and edging fabric

Quotation of the day, author unknown.

Our lives are like quilts , made with bits and pieces, joy and sorrow, stitched with love.

Greetings from Jean


eileeninmd said...

Jean, I am so happy for Hugh! Glad the pain is less and he is able to get around.. Your quilt pieces are beautiful. Another lovely quote! Have a happy day and week ahead!

TexWisGirl said...

your quilt blocks are beautiful. as are the bloom photos - they never age. :)

SO glad hugh is doing better! hope he continues it!

Carol Mattingly said...

The beauty of a photograph is that it lives on no matter when it was taken. So happy for you and Hugh. The colors do pop. My sister sews quilts and they are beautiful. I on the other hand can't sew a lick.

Michaele said...

Okay - so now that I emailed you my comments : ) I got it. Have a wonderful week.

Cottage Tails said...

good news Hugh is feeling better. Love the colours in your quilt - it's just about quilting weather as I'm sure the rains and cold days will not be far away.

Georgia said...

Here's hoping your Bernina feels better soon! Glad to hear good news about Hugh.

Nancy J said...

Thanks all, the "man" is so much happier, did I say less grumpy??? And, I didn't mention this,... I talked to Linda at Razzle Dazzle, the other day, and will take the quilt up there to be finished with her expertise and wonderful quilting . So sometime a trip to Taupo ,so looking forward to that. Cheers, Jean.

KB Bear said...

I'm so glad that Hugh is feeling so much happier! That's wonderful news.

Your quilt is gorgeous. The colors are so rich and luxurious.

Susan Heather said...

So glad Hugh's pain is lessening. The quilting looks great. Afraid I don't have the patience for that. The flowers you photographed are such wonderful colours.

Our photos said...

Very nice, these flowers

Brian King said...

Beautiful flowers! I love the water drops on the first one!

Karen said...

Oh, beautiful blooms. Love the water droplets! Our time changed a couple of weeks ago, I don't see the sense in it. Good to hear that Hugh is feeling better, I hope it continues to be a long term solution. Your quilt is lovely, I still have an unfinished one sitting in my craft room.

SRQ said...

Gorgeous flowers! Hope your Monday is off to a good start.

Jim said...

Jean, your flowers give us here in Nova Scotia something to look forward to in the not too distant future......they are beautiful.

As your 'daylight hours' decrease, ours are increasing.......thanks so much!!

I hope Hugh will listen to the family orders.....I know men can be, for lack of a better word, stubborn at the best of times!!

Your quilt is beautiful Jean....nice work! It is quite a skill to do this and make it look neat and tidy like you have done. Hope the sewing machine cooperates.

Have a wonderful Tuesday!

Janet said...

Beautiful flowers even if they are last years. And a beautiful quilt as well. I am so happy to hear that Hugh continues to do well. What a present for you!

camp and cottage living said...

Your quilt pieces are very pretty Jean.
And I am so..glad that Hugh is doing better. I hope he takes it slow and easy now. It is hard to be patient, I know!
As your flowers fade, I look hopefully for mine to appear.
Take care-Kimberly

Laurie said...

Hi Jean ... guess who .?? yeap me here in Rotorua ... your flowers are beautiful ...Pleased to see your quilt seeing the light of day... glad Hugh is coming along okay. Life has been a bit up and down here my daughters husband had a heart op a month ago and all my time has been driving and staying in Hamilton for weeks .. life seems to have been all other people but now it is my time hopefully. hugs Laurie

Lindsjö taxar said...

Beautiful flowers you have. We wait for spring to get really started.
Glad to hear about Hugh who is better.
Lovely patterns you work with.

Tanya said...

Ooh! Some beautiful blocks you have there! Batiks sure do make a sparkling quilt! Keep at it!

Nancy @ A Rural Journal said...

Lovely color from your flowers and quilt blocks -- will keep your sweetheart in my thoughts. xo

Linda said...

I am so glad to hear that Hugh is improving. Your flowers are glorious and I love the quilt blocks!