Saturday, 30 August 2008
Friday, 29 August 2008
It will be Spring in NZ and my favorite time of year so no cold weather to contend with to fast not that it really gets that cold in Rotorua for more than a few weeks a year.
Eric will remain to get packers etc. Now this is a first, I am the one who normally stays to pack up and Eric heads out to pastures new this will be a new experience for him. So I will have to go through the apartment and organise what is thrown away what can be given away and what goes back to NZ.
I was also booked in to give a class on "stumpwork" in a group we call Beyond the Guild, shame as I have it all sorted and samples made etc. also kits organised and made up. After I organised last years Block of the month with embroidered blocks many ladies have become interested in embroidery so I have been helping quite a few increase their repitiore of stitches.
Tuesday, 26 August 2008
I have a list, yep! the perverbial list that has got us in the past all around the world, from camping when the kids were young, moving to Kuwait in 1977, changing countries 11 times, getting kids to Boarding School in UK with the right equipment needed for the term, and back to which ever country we were resident in at the time.
These lists were always a "Oh! no not another list" from the members of my family, especially the kids and including the wage earner sometimes, but without them I hate to think who would have gone where without what ?
So the trusty list is on the counter top and getting ready to be ticked off as I collect each item, or carry out each task written there.
So God bless the LIST.You can almost smell the heady sent of these flowers.....I have borrowed this picture from a blog I follow http://www.anorchardistquilting.blogspot.com/ for it is full of my favorite flowers grown in a place not far from our home, I hope Ali will not mind as they are so beautiful.
I also have a tub just outside of my Dining room in which I grow the self same flowers. The smell is just wonderful when they are all in bloom, I think spring is my most favourite time of year.
In NZ the cafe's make great cakes and scones, all home made....I have missed the scones and I am looking forward to sampling a few in the weeks I am back there.
Lemony fruit scones
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 cup butter
1 8-oz. carton dairy sour cream
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 1/2 tsp. finely shredded lemon peel
2/3 cup snipped dried apricots
2/3 cup snipped pitted dried plums (prunes)
1/2 cup powdered/ icing sugar sugar
2 to 3 tsp. lemon juice
1/4 cup chopped toasted walnuts (optional)
Preheat oven to 375°F.
Lightly grease a large baking sheet;
In bowl stir together flour, baking powder, soda, and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Rub in butter to resemble coarse crumbs; set aside.
In bowl stir together sour cream, egg, granulated sugar, and 1 teaspoon of the peel; add to flour mixture. combine just until moistened. Stir in apricots and dried plums.
Drop dough onto baking sheet (you can make as large or as small as required.)
Bake 18 to 20 minutes or until golden and toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool slightly on rack.
For glaze, stir together powdered sugar and 1/2 teaspoon lemon peel. Stir in enough lemon juice to make drizzling consistency; drizzle over scones. If desired, sprinkle with walnuts.
Serve with butter or cream or both.....and home made jam...yummeee!!
You just don't want or wish to know the calorie content !!!just enjoy them.
Monday, 25 August 2008
1. My mother taught me TO APPRECIATE A JOB WELL DONE. "If you're going to kill each other, do it outside. I just finished cleaning."
Now if your idea of India is places like Bombay and Deli.... read on as you will be amazed.
Mahabaleshwar is at a height of about 1300 meters above sea level used to be a summer retreat for the British when they were ruling India. Also, it used to serve as a retention camp for Chinese and Malay convicts. Mahabaleshwar today boasts the finest variety of Strawberries available in India and it is due to the fact that these convicts started to grow strawberries because of their inherent skills and the amazing temparatures and rains. We stayed in a place called, Brighland holiday village, almost at the entrance of Mahabaleshwar. The hotel was built on the side of the hill and all areas had amazing views of the valley.
This is not one of them, but had to throw this in as it is a hotel that is swathed in plastic to help keep out the waters of the monsoons, we experienced the rains...and yes! the hotel is open for guests.
This area is also a strong military area, so in Pune is all the camps and we saw buildings like the " Officer's Mess" built by the British while there still being used and painted the same as they were, the gardens were like English gardens, again a walk backwards in history
1. Try not to follow instructions of any stranger. Always confirm from local people around. A lunatic may be trying to be fool you.
2. Always buy tickets before entering any tourist attraction. Entering such a place without ticket is a punishable offense and you can be fined for that.
3. Defacing or harming any Public of Heritage property is not at all appreciable act. You can be fined or even prosecuted for such an act. So, try refrain yourself from such an activity.
4. Always prefer police run Prepaid Booths, Private Boothe fool foreign tourists as they are actually fraudulent travel agents
5. Never carry so much cash while traveling in crowded city bus as your pocket may get picked up by someone. Do take care of your belongings.
6. Don't travel around the city during office hours as you may get struck in a traffic jam.
Monday, 18 August 2008
I have a Chuch pattern as per picture the same type of thing as the house with Christmas tree but the church has a stained glass window, the stained glass bit is all finished I just need to do hardanger / cross stitch church building.
The fabric is all ready to go centred and marked, the threads and fabric have been in a small project box for as long as the first one ... so this week I went off to my "Stitching Bee" armed with the UFO number 2.
I settled down to stitch and took out the pattern to begin ... strange I thought there is no centre arrow or any indication of the centre of the pattern, all cross stitch patterns etc start at the centre ..... I thought about this for sometime and decided umh! " a typing error or omitted by mistake"
so I proceeded to count the squares on the pattern and mark the centre across and up the sides, this took quite a while as we were talking all the while and I kept losing my place, so after at least half an hour I had it done.
Okay ready to go.
Now I have no idea why at this precise moment I decided to look at the instructions ...
YES!! you guessed it.....Instructions from Patricia Andrle the designer read as follows;
"I recommend starting at the bottom of the design, work lower portion of the border and then begin at the base of the church"
I seriously wonder why after doing hundreds of projects and numerous amounts of cross stitch and hardanger I think I know best.
So if all else fails as they say READ THE INSTRUCTIONS
Sunday, 17 August 2008
Wednesday, 13 August 2008
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Tuesday, 12 August 2008
I have been nominated for an award from a fellow blogger..
Thank you so much Liz.
I have today put on a link for the very first time so I can only hope this works for me...??
Also for the ladies I have nominated.....keep the fingers crossed
To Give an award.
1. The winner can put the logo on his/her blog.
2. Link to the person you received your award from.
3. Nominate at least 7 other blogs for an award.
4. Put links to those blogs on yours
5. Leave a message on the blog of the person you have nominated.
Well done ladies love your blogs.
Yesterday Eric's Agent here in Dubai invited us to his home in Pune- India ...wait for it NEXT WEEK....now flights to this area are as easy to get as "pulling hens teeth" but The Bossman has friends in very high places and after being told by Air India "all full for months" one call from The Bossman and low and behold we are on the flight.
So we are booked business class on a flight next Tuesday, again watch this space as I will have news to spare... I love this type of off the cuff holiday breaks. By the way did I mention he is very rich !!!!
Sunday, 10 August 2008
I would love to fly this aircraft, and it is going to fly all the long haul routes in time. Whee !! I thought I will get to leave here on a 380, as Melbourne and Sidney of course are 2 of their really long haul routes. You need to go via one of these places to get to NZ.....
But in their infinate wisdom Emirates have decided to go to New York first, then London starting on 1st December and then Sidney but not until February 2009.
I bet they don't realise that, this is to late for me as we leave here in Dec/Jan.
So that must be a good reason to come back again for a visit in the not to distant future.
Saturday, 9 August 2008
Thursday, 7 August 2008
You have always wondered "how can I get rid of the housework and spend my days quilting"
Follow these instruction ;
1. Open a new file in your PC.
2. Name it "Housework."
3. Send it to the RECYCLE BIN.
4. Empty the RECYCLE BIN.
5. Your PC will ask you, "Are you sure you want to delete Housework permanently?"
6. Calmly answer, "Yes" and press mouse button firmly.....
7. Feel better?
8. Housework gone !!!
Sunday, 3 August 2008
I took it along to the Quilting Shop where the gentleman was working today and he fixed it in
10 minutes....there's service for you ...set me back about $45 so we are in business again.