Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Auckland, part 1

 As you know, the main reason we visited Auckland, was to attend the wedding of Tonys friend David. Tony was best man for him.
It was the first time they had seen each other in 17 years.
David and Nikki made me very welcome and it was nice to finally meet them. Though we had spoken many times on the phone and via skype.
We spent quite a lot of time with them over the weekend.
 The venue for the wedding was at the Navy base where Tony did his training when he first joined the navy many years ago. There are some amazing views over Auckland harbour, the city and it's surroundings.

The day before the wedding we all met at the venue, for a last minute practice, the bride and her maid of honour wanted to time their approach. For me it was a good opportunity to get some relaxed photos.

Weather permitting, the ceremony was to take place out on the deck.
As you can see, the day before it was bright but somewhat overcast.
The big day!
Tony and Dave helped each other to tweak ties etc.
 A quick photo at home, before we climbed into the limousine.
Dave and his Dad.
Tony and I sat at the other end, it felt like we were sat miles away from them.
The venue, all prepared and ready for the guests.
I brought some of those blue organza strips home with me.
Now I need inspiration, to make them a special memento of the day.
 Nervously waiting with the celebrant.
Here comes the bride, with her very proud father.
 The best mans speech!
That's it, I won't bore you with more pictures of people you don't know.
I think it's fair to say, the sun shone on their big day.
Everyone enjoyed themselves.
The groom tells me I'm now one of the family.
Right, I'm off to do some secret sewing, after I do the ironing!
Then I get to spend the afternoon cross stitching with Sleepy.
I'll have more pictures from Auckland next time..

Sunday, 19 October 2014

We bought a house

A lot can happen in two weeks.
Not only did we travel North to Auckland to attend a wedding, and have a look around.
Since getting home, we have bought ourselves a house.
The garden needs some attention.
But I'm looking forward to living there.
It has a lovely feel.
Open and spacious, plenty of room for family and friends.
Inside and out.
This is just a small taste of the photos on the agents website.
I'm sure there will be more, once we are in.
We will take possession on 5th December.
Of course, I will have a choice of rooms to use as my creative studio.
Photos of our trip to follow soon, I promise.
Oh, and I found a quilty shop in Auckland, and paid another visit to Annies Country Quilt store just an hour or so up the road from home.
I did spend money.

Monday, 6 October 2014

Still with the secret stuff!

But I can share the fact that it's blue.
 And there is stitchery involved!
I've been enjoying sitting stitching away at all the secret stuff in the afternoons. It's nice to slow down after a morning of dashing about a work, or doing housework.
Like I said last time though, I'm itching to cross stitch again, and more that a little worried that the urge to finish Sleepy will wear off.
Later this week we are off on our travels.
We are heading up to Auckland for a friends wedding.
Tonys BFF!
And Tony is to be the best man.
Yes, I'll have my camera and will take photos.
Lunch break over, time to sew.

Saturday, 4 October 2014

Spring Storms

Last night, just after 7pm a storm rattled through Timaru.
First it got dark, the skies were quite threatening. There were some flashes of lightening, one of which was right overhead, I didn't even get as far as saying " one, one thousand", before the crack of thunder rumbled around us and made the house shake. I'm told by a colleague who was on duty that one stroke of lightening hit the out door pool at work and caused some amazing waves.
After the thunder, came the hail stones.
 Our street was turned into a winter wonderland.
 We waved to the neighbours who were also taking photos.
 There were some good sized lumps of ice in all that, many as big as marbles!
But I wasn't going out in it to get them, so you'll have to make do with these slightly smaller pieces.
All of the larger pieces seemed to be this gumdrop shape.
It remained cold overnight, and this morning we still have a white world around us.
A good day to stay indoors. 
I made a sticky cake and now I'm off to play in my den.
Secret stuff again!
At least it has me back at the sewing machine and giving you all a break from the cross stitch!
I am missing sleepy though.
Maybe next week?