Monday, 28 September 2009
Yesterday I went to Te Puna to a Clivia Show and Sale with my friend Prue.
This is the first time I have come across this flowering plant, as it does not grown in the Northern Hemisphere outside.
This show was set in some ones garden and it was a woodland area those growing were under the trees and wonderful specimens were in the glass house.
Now I have fallen in love, and if there is ever a plant I could start to cultivate this would be it.
I did buy one it is 3 years old and will nor flower for may be another year or so
There is no guarantee about the colour only that it will be between yellow and peach.
It actually takes 5 years from seed for the plant to flower and approx. about the same from baby shoots from the adult plant
Besides the show we had some retail therapy and thrown in was a quilt shop...would you believe that !!
Tuesday, 22 September 2009
Ellis is one holding the trophy
My son Iain is short one at the back he is one of the trainers with his friend Rhys
I have been so busy and not a moment to stop and think.
Between watch Ellis playing soccer to going for a scan on my arm, quilting and trainings and baby sitting, blogging has not been on the menu.
May be you remember my sewing machine went into the menders, well it returned and I have not needed to use it until Quilting day, first thing I tried was to fill a bobbin with a different coloured thread...not such luck, for some reason the computer did not want it to do it.
So, I can not change stitch or position of needle...computers are okay some times but at others they can be a curse. but I managed to finish This :
There is no prize for the answer to this question, but if there is someone out there who can tell me why I made this? it is to big to sit besides your machine or even anywhere else, as you can see from the photo that I have taken with a tea cup. But it is pretty may be that was the attraction in the first place.
I watched Ellis (8) play football Saturday morning...he is good ! they won their first match but got knocked out on penalties on the second round ...it was a knockout comp...... it was so sad they all cried, he was heart broken, they were no doubt the better team , they scored in first half then on final half minute the others got a very lucky roll into the goal...... it almost made me cry for them there were tears in the eyes of other Mums and Dads and the trainers.... on top of that it was cold and raining quite hard so they were all like drowned rats but they played there hearts out.
Thursday, 17 September 2009
Wednesday, 16 September 2009
I just have to post this, I recieved this on an email and it is just so good, if you are a grandparent like me you should crease up and fall about laughing.
no. 11 is so close to home that I hope my grandchildren did not think this, with all our travelling.
1. She was in the bathroom, putting on her makeup, under the watchful eyes of her young granddaughter, as she'd done many times before.After she applied her lipstick and started to leave, the little one said, 'But Gramma, you forgot to kiss the toilet paper good-bye!'I will probably never put lipstick on again without thinking about kissing the toilet paper good-bye....
2. My young grandson called the other day to wish me Happy Birthday. He asked me how old I was, and I told him, '62.' My grandson was quiet for a moment, and then he asked, 'Did you start at 1?'
3. After putting her grandchildren to bed, a grandmother changed into old slacks and a droopy blouse and proceeded to wash her hair. As she heard the children getting more and more rambunctious, her patience grew thin. Finally, she threw a towel around her head and stormed into their room, putting them back to bed with stern warnings.
As she left the room, she heard the three-year-old say with a trembling voice, 'Who was THAT?'
4. A grandmother was telling her little granddaughter what her own childhood was like: 'We used to skate outside on a pond. I had a swing we made from a tyre; it hung from a tree in our front garden. We rode our pony. We picked wild raspberries in the woods'The little girl was wide-eyed, taking this all in.. At last she said, 'I sure wish I'd known you sooner!'
5. My grandson was visiting one day when he asked, 'Grandma, do you know how you and God are alike?'
I mentally polished my halo and I said, 'No, how are we alike?''
'You're both old,' he replied.
6. A little girl was diligently pounding away on her grandfather's computer. She told him she was writing a story. 'What's it about?' he asked.'I don't know,' she replied. 'I can't read.'
7. I didn't know if my granddaughter had learned her colours yet, so I decided to test her. I would point out something and ask what colour it was.. She would tell me and was always correct. It was fun for me, so I continued.At last, she headed for the door, saying, 'Grandma, I think you should try to figure out some of these, yourself!'
8. When my grandson Billy and I entered our holiday cabin, we kept the lights off until we were inside to keep from attracting pesky insects. Still, a few fireflies followed us in.Noticing them before I did, Billy whispered, 'It's no use Grandpa. Now the mosquitoes are coming after us with flashlights.'
9. A second grader came home from school and said to her grandmother, 'Grandma, guess what? We learned how to make babies today.'The grandmother, more than a little surprised, tried to keep her cool. 'That's interesting,' she said, 'how do you make babies?'It's simple,' replied the girl. 'You just change the 'y' to 'i' and add 'es'."
10. A grandfather was delivering his grandchildren to their home one day when a fire engine zoomed past. Sitting in the front seat of the fire engine was a Dalmatian dog. The children started discussing the dog's duties.'They use him to keep crowds back,' said one child.'No,' said another. 'He's just for good luck.'A third child brought the argument to a close. 'They use the dogs,' she said firmly, 'to find the fire hydrants.'
11. A 6-year-old was asked where his grandma lived.''Oh,'' he said, ''she lives at the airport, and when we want her, we just go and get her. then when her visit has finished, we take her back to the airport. '
12. Grandpa is the smartest man on earth! he teaches me good things, but I don't get to see him enough to get as smart as him!
Monday, 14 September 2009
but I do not seem to be getting any temporary Internet files lately. In the past I had to clean up using my " Disc Cleanup " regularly. The only differences I have made is I have stopped using Norton Antivirus
I think this is showing just "how not so good Norton was " people had been telling me Norton causes all sorts of problems for ages especially when I was having problems ....
I really think it used to but just learnt to live with it....but no longer.
So I would recommend AVAST it is free for home computers.
My computer is definitely faster and I don't get all the problems
I had before with opening internet sites.
Lately, I seem to be sewing no more use than ornament objects, at the craft fair last week we saw some felt pin cushions, like the ones we made a few weeks ago, sweet and flowery.
We noticed a pattern for another on the same theme, as we already had the pattern for the others I knew I could adapt it.
And behold here it is.
Today I had an email from Kathryn saying
"Check out this website"
We had spent the afternoon catching cockroaches that were living in the outside sunshade. Alex was particularly interested in this activity and encouraged his friends to get involved! I was talking to Alex after all the cockroaches had been caught (or escaped!) and asked him:
“How come you let your big cockroach go?”
Alex: “I just wanted this baby one, cause I like baby ones and you know why?...Cause I like babies.” “Cause I like things that come out of mummies and daddies tummies and they like me!”
(later that day...Alex: “put the picture of the baby cockroach in my portfolio.”)
Alex talks with Jessica about baby cockroaches
Sunday, 13 September 2009
Saturday, 12 September 2009
Alex the youngest has never stayed away from home since getting older before, so a first for him and he has a few reservations about the whole thing, so after great deliberation it was decided we would all sleep in Grandma's very large King size bed.
The best thing they liked best " The electric blanket" or the magic blanket as Alex called it, seems they would like Santa Claus to bring them one each so they can be toasty warm in their beds....a thought must add that to the may be list of this Santa's helper.
Could not decide on which picture to post so though Okay both !!
I was really amazed at the number of ladies I saw touching the quilts some where behind them and smoothing them feeling the fabric etc.
Now this notice which was every where was not small or is it that some quilters or their friends can't read.
Thursday, 10 September 2009
Will post some more tomorrow