When you are really down in the dumps and no one can seem to cheer you up ....
Come and stay with Grandma for a few days.
This is Alex 8 my youngest grandson, the family have been at their holiday caravan since the week before Christmas and I think he may now be a little bored and fed-up....
you know with No Xbox .. No computer .. no TV.. etc.
So I collected him yesterday for a few days a change of scenery and company and a little one on one spoiling may do the trick.
So far today we have been swimming at the Polynesian Spa ... food shopping .. looking at the boiling mud pools of Rotorua, played Bingo and games on the computer ....watched a movie and made from scratch pizzas and chicken noddle soup .. and a good walk along the lake side before bedtime...
A bedtime story and within 10 minutes he was asleep.
Tomorrow is the beach at Ohope with his 2 cousins who live here in Rotorua
The weather started out really nice today and then it all turned to custard with thunder storms and rain, with the darkest black clouds I think I have ever seen.
I was browsing through my December Homespun when I came across this simple pattern ... so in my mood do something trivial today I decided to have ago .... they really are simple I was amazed how quickly they went together.
I think they were quite successful ... I have had this fabric for years now ...it is a printed patchwork and I just never had the right thing to use it on ... till now.
I also think the pictures do not do them justice I think I could have taken better ones, they are about 8 inches long and you don't see all the pearl beads ...
and the fabric looks better in the flesh so to speak..
I have a few small gifts to do so may be a couple more are in the pipe line.
I woke this morning to soft pitter patter on the windows .... Ah! good don't have to water the garden today was my first thought, but it is still very warm outside .... so all the windows and doors are flung open.
So a quiet Sunday in doors thinks I... Mmm! wrong not so quiet the wind has gotten up and the rain is tipping it down in short sharp bursts ... everything that can move in the garden has moved or rolled around ... I can't have the windows / doors open because the curtains end up horizontal in the room or sucked out of the window and wet..
But over the last few minutes there is a skerrit of blue sky ... yes I can see the sun.
So hope your Sunday afternoon was quieter than mine.
Holiday time is lovely ... the build up to Christmas, Christmas it's self ... but once the New Year comes I just want to be back in the normal routine. I find my life works better that way.
So first of all the food has to go back to normal, don't get me wrong I love all this fancy food but a body can only take so much of it ... This weekend I will finish or remove all this kind of food .... Monday is the start of Back to Routine.
Today is beautiful and so I walked around the garden to see how things have fared over the holidays as there has been a modicum of neglect for 2 weeks +.
There is a small area where I park the campervan and the garden shed is situated ... not an area I frequent very often ... low and behold the hydrangea ( which is just one plant by the way) is almost 8ft tall as tall as the shed and bears a head on every stem.
Here are just a few of the others that are scattered around ....
This one was just a cutting last season .... it is a beautiful colour and I was so pleased it kept it ...for sometimes they do change when you grow from cuttings
Another cutting just pushed into the soil.... also on it's 2nd season .... and I have a feeling it is going to get to large for this position
So back to the routine a simple meal tonight as there are plenty of eggs may be a Spanish frittata ... I am sure there is plenty of left overs to add to it in the refrigerator ...
Now that decision has been made I am going to do some stitching for the rest of the day.
Stay a while and browse I chat about all nature of things mainly quilting and embroidery,but also life around us the fields, the flowers and family
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I am quite happy for people to use anything that I publish on my blog, if you wish to copy that is just great by me, I would treat that as a compliment, if it goes to a good cause then that is a double bonus.
Me. I am 70 yrs young, I finally went to university when I was in my 40's and received my diploma the same year as my daughter received hers. So there was life in the old gal.
I have been a follower and followed my then husband around the world, he working and me..I had a wonderful time and would not have changed a thing the experiences are 100 fold, I really must get around to writing a book. We have lived in France, USA, UK, Spain, Kuwait, Jordan, Philippines, China, Bahrain, Dubai and NZ to name but a few.
My nomadic life began in 1977 when my then husband was offered a job in Kuwait / Dubai Our wanderings continued and finally we ended up again in Dubai in 2006/9.. 30yrs later, so life has been in a full circle.
Stitching and Quilting kept me sane in all these years and are now my best friends. 2013 now sees me at home in New Zealand with my children and grand children and my last move from these shores. Vacations apart of course.