We had pine trees standing tall, then they were felled, cut and split. How soon one goes from a beautiful green, upright, growing tree. to firewood that will give us so much warmth in the winter next year.
The pine cones remind me of my childhood,collecting them with Dad driving the tractor, throwing them onto the trailer, and then later in winter onto the open fire. Out here in the hot sun, they crackle and pop, and I wonder if the seeds will grow.
I cut a few small twigs off the Lawsoniana tree, and stuck them into a brass flower spike. A few baubles, some red fancy fabric, a few parcels, and we are all set for the 25th.This must be a record for the tiniest tree for Christmas!!
And there at the left hand side is “ Doozy Lucy” a cat given to us from Tonya, our darling Jeanette’s daughter, in memory of Jeanette. Lucy is a part of our lives now, thank you so much.
This year seems to have flown by, with sadness for so many of my friends, here and overseas, joy for others, and for me, new friends, new challenges, and a lot of UFO’s to finish.
January…The South Island and part of the North Island as seen from the International Space Station, We live about where the brown part is between the fins.
February saw me with crutches and a knee brace, the final decision was maybe a small tear in a ligament.
Some partial blocks, still waiting to be used.
March and the daylight is getting shorter. Japanese anemones in early morning light.
April, and Josh was in the South Island for a field trip, with others from Victoria University. Lake Rotoiti, in the St Arnaud area. Well known for mosquitoes, as we met all their forefathers in 1986!!!
In April or so,I was one of the guest bloggers to do a tutorial. Hootie Owl was my choice, and since then one has flown to California on a bag for Rachael, and Inger has one as a small wall hanging. I could not send a parcel for R without including one for Inger as well. Inger knew that the parcel was sent, but hers was a surprise.
This was posted to California. This one too.
May saw the start of many frosts, fire lit at night, and our darling Ginger Boy happy to sleep inside at night.
In June, I finished the QAL with Sandra, at mmm quilts ;This was a wonderful event, with sadness at the end when Sandra’s son in law tragically passed away.
July, I now have a short arm Gammill machine on a wooden Jarrah Frame.Some TLC to be done, here it is in our garage.
August, goodies in the mail from Karen at Tuna Quilts, travels and Eats. My name was picked out by random generator, and much later I read that Karen was so happy that international readers were included in the give-away. I use those long pins every time I sew or quilt!!!
Then Hugh had a disastrous fall, fractured the Acronium bone in his shoulder. Ambulance, a friend, and the wonderful volunteer fire brigade all came to his rescue.No surgery, but he needed to be careful not to use his right arm for some time!!!
September, still not fully recovered, ( a small tear in muscles near my ribs) retail therapy is so healing. This pattern just happened to hop into my download files. I love it.
October, spring time, and the cherry blossoms hang down in their beautiful pinks. Pale to darker, so pretty
November, the Wayward Transparency blocks are done, not joined, and I still need to decide if I will add a border. Yvonne over at Quilting Jetgirl had a wonderful QAL, instructions galore so easy to follow, and a Facebook page where we shared and compared, helped and admired.
December, and 11 of the 12 blocks in the QAL, I Wish You a Merry QAL
Jennifer at The Inquiring Quilter had a fantastic 12 block QAL, with goodies to be given away, help if needed, and again a Facebook page to share and more.The last block was with Christmas Lights, I had to redo the hanging cord, but did really like the rick rack,That has another place to be used later on. on another project.
Then I found this lovely ribbon with words at the LQS.
The blocks have all been trimmed and need to be put together. On hold till after tomorrow.
Sunrise in December 2014, I wonder if we will get that glorious colour tomorrow,
I have had a wonderful blogging year, my posts have been sparse at times, but life intervenes.
Our families will be home, in Rotorua, as the grandies are working on 24th and 26th, very early starts at 4 a.m. and 5 a.m. and the family down south have others staying with them , with Ann and the others, it will be a very different time together this Christmas without Russell, there are more wedding preparations going on, and we travel down in February, for celebrations and more in March.
I wish all my friends a Joyous Christmas, health, happiness, love and laughter.
Quotation of the day, author unknown
“ May Peace be your gift at Christmas and your blessing all year through”
Greetings from Jean.