Wednesday, 17 May 2017

A rather random blog update

 Brent on one of the Sunday drives with the hot rod club. I didn't go as he has yet to put windows in the doors so a tad chilly zooming along the highway at this time of the year - I'm a bit soft aye!
He only has the windows to go in, locks on the doors and something for the speedo to go.
 Marty - following along in his car (sorry forget what type)
 I spy Marty's and Brent's car/truck amongst the other cars that turned up

 Today I begin the cast off of the Pure Joy shawl - it has been an enjoyable knit. I'm looking forward to wearing it... it is COLD and Wet here.

Gosh I LOVED Britt-Marie was Here, It even made me reorganise my cutlery draw. Have you read/listened to it?

 The last of the nuts are near - walnuts have finished and now the almonds.

 Mack and Stella at the beach on Mother's Day

Louie has another Doggie Diploma - he has passed grade two. (But he still barks - oh he is ever so naughty at this... and shreds his bedding).

I'm so out of routine with blogging... I think it is because I use my phone for a camera and upload a photo to Instagram and Facebook each day.

Plus when I have thought ok I'll blog today the weather is nice and I've been getting outside early in my garden.

Brent  brought me some cocoa husks to mulch the rose garden, as I thought I wanted them. Oh my goodness when first put on it smelt like I was in a chocolate factory. I could have rolled in it. But I do not think I will use it again, as it rots down it goes mouldy and does not look very pretty. The photo is of it just put on.

Totally enjoying having the time to make some tinctures up. I'm setting up my apothecary - one step to getting into business.

I keep getting emails when will I be open - I knew after the workload from study I was a tad burnt out and felt I needed to have 3 months before I thought of setting up shop.(three months has gone GASP) A friend said she thought I would need 6 months and Brent said take a gap year. So a year off it is.

For Mother's Day I picked Trolls to watch on DVD. My adult children and their dad rolled their eyes at my choice. But we all laughed and really enjoyed it. Totally worth getting out for an easy watch. I'm such a big kid!

Monday, 1 May 2017


I must say.. I am LOVING not spending so much time in front of a computer. Studying sitting for nearly four years does that. Friday the weather was fine so I rushed through my morning chores and zoomed outside without doing a blog post. I hope you do not mind the randomness of blogging that I'm currently doing.

Here is my weekend (linking up with Pumpkin Sunrise

Saturday was the Kapiti Quilt exhibition. 

 This was the winning quilt called Stars of Endurance by Allison Paris and quilted by Sue Burnett. The pattern was by Judy Martin called Coopertown Stars. I can see why it won.

 This scrappy quilt was not in the competition but out hanging in the foyer. It is one I wish to make. Scrap quilts are my favourite.

 A barn quilt - also one I wish to make ... one day! I'm so sorry I did not get the name of the person who made the quilt I was yacking to a friend and forgot.

 Birds of a Feather Flock together made by Dorothy Devane. She has used all Liberty fabrics. SWOON.

 Dandelions by Sandra Killin
 from a herbalist point of view the leaf is an impostor and not a dandelion leaf, one can't help notice things like this. But when I get my clinic rooms I sure want this on the wall.

 I was thrilled to see Lori Holts fabric in real life. I didn't buy any as just a tad too bright for quilts I am making to go in our 1900 villa. But I love her patterns and follow her blog Bee in My Bonnet.

 Embroidery which I was soo tempted to impulse buy. But you could only get as a quilt block of the month. The cool colours are not me so I would want to do it in warmer colours.
Here is the pattern  that you can buy on Etzy.... I am so so tempted to get it. As if I need another project on the go....

I was hoping a vendor would be selling some Liberty fabrics but none were. I did buy two fat quarters and a new cutting mat. I am looking forward to wet winter days being inside quilting this year.

I was a tad thrown when a lady at the quilt show said to me "Oh you are Cottage Tails". I wasn't expecting it and still get surprised when people recognise me from the blog. Sorry I did not talk long to you - it was terribly busy and I'm not one for crowds. But thank you for saying hello.

As it was a wet Saturday we got out some movies. Ballerina which I believe is also called Leap in other countries was wonderful - a kids movie but oh super sweet to sit and knit with on a cold wet day in front of the fire 5/5

In the evening as a family we watched The Founder. Excellent movie... Not that I eat Mcdonalds but after watching this you would never support the Mcdonald Corporation again. It is all about being driven by profit.... 5/5

Brent took me for a ride in the Pickup truck to the garden shops. Kapiti Nursery has the friendliest cat.
While Brent was picking his natives I played with the cat... The cat was soo friendly that I wondered if he/she would like a trolley ride. And it did! I suppose when you are in your 50's you are not meant to play like this but..... no one was watching me push the cat around the nursery in the trolley.

Brent had to hold the Kowhai tree as the cat was bunting it soo hard. We had to ask the cat off before it saw Louie on the back of the truck.

I'm all set for another week in the garden with more pea straw as mulch. I'm trying to win the war on  kikuyu grass...that has invaded my herb and vegetable gardens, PESKY PESKY stuff.

Sunday night we watched another movie, Hacksaw Ridge. I am pleased I did not see it at the movies as rather graphic with war scenes. Watching it at home meant I could look at my knitting through those parts. A wonderful true story worth watching - but if like me sensitive you may also struggle "seeing" it.

Right the sun it out - got to get cracking and get my chores done so I can get in the garden.

I'll try and post on Friday - but until then I am posting daily photos/videos on Instagram.

Monday, 24 April 2017


 Oh my the weather has been amazing, warm sunny days, cool nights. Perfect for bonfires.
 I got the fire in the house going for Abbey
James is smoking up the barn with all his activity.

 Brent, Louie and I got to spend a relaxing evening around the bonfire. My kind of date night!
The flame gazing is totally relaxing and one can feel the benefits to the old adrenals...

 Sunday Brent took me for a burn in the truck - to the garden shop. ALL yes ALL roses were $15.00 each including standards. I did so want new standards to go by front door. Iceberg were the only ones left. I nearly got them but as I adore colour and David Austin roses I picked shrub roses.

Sweet Juliet
Sweet Juliet

On way home we stopped in at Ruth Pretty's for a cuppa. I have never had a bad cuppa or treat there ever. As I no longer have coffee or cake in the home I do so enjoy a jolly nice cuppa and treat. Oh my the ginger slice was just how I used to make it with heaps of ginger - DELISH!

Changing the diet for family members has been totally worth it for their health. 
But I have struggled. I miss cooking how I used to cook. I miss eating food I enjoyed.
It is quite the adjustment to flip your diet on its head.
And often it falls to the wife/mother as we are typically the ones that do the grocery shopping, menu plan to suit all dietary requirements as well as likes and dislikes and then us mums/wives cook it.

But saying that it has been totally worth it and the results outstanding for all the effort.

Sunday evening I listened to a wonderful new Podcast by Mrs M S Curiosity Cabinet. Oh my you need to click out and go read her blog and listen to her Podcast. You will love it if you like crafting (especially knitting), sustainability, and home made wardrobes.

While listening I casted on my Pure Joy Shawl. The wool is 100% lambs wool from Otago New Zealand but it is dyed in Tokyo by  Ruataniwhadye Studio. So far it is a super fun pattern to knit. I'm up to learning short rows.
The project bag was a gift from a friend - she embroidered it and is very special to me.

So another fabulous weekend. I even got to lie in bed both Saturday and Sunday - something I never do but as there are no Farm Stay Guests currently I do not have to get up. Plus I am trying ever so hard to work on getting enough sleep so staying in bed for as long as I can is terribly good for me, not just decadent.

Hope you all had a great weekend too, see yea on Friday.