Every year at about this time, tins of ANZAC biscuits appear in the super markets of New Zealand. Each year there are a series of collectible designs on the tins. And each year a tiny portion of money per tin is donated to the RSA, or Returned Services Association. The tins usually depict war scenes, but someone must have told them that it is generally us women who do the shopping and that we like pretty tins, we use them for all manner of things, like sewing projects....As soon as I saw this years I knew I had to have one, and as soon as I got it home I decanted the biscuits in to another container, so that I could use the pretty tin for a sewing project.
I can't show you what it is, as it's a secret. LOL
I thought I should buy one for Tony too.
I've done a little stitching on St Nick since last time I blogged, but mostly I have focused on secret stuff, so don't have much to show. So I thought I would take you on another walk instead.
Just outside of town there is a tiny scrap of native bush. The whole area used to be bush, but settlers way back in the day cleared the land for farming, so only tiny pockets remain. Tony opted to walk in one of them last weekend.
Claremont bush is accessed via an unfinished road winding through farmland.
It was a beautiful sunny day, with morning cloud burning off fast thanks to the kiwi sun.
We went through the gate and walked in to the forest.
We were soon joined by a cute wee native.
And he brought a friend.
Fantails or Piwakawaka as the Maori call them like to accompany humans as we disturb the insect life as we pass and the little birds get a feast.
These two stayed with us for quite some time, getting very close, I though one was going to settle on Tony's shoulder at one point.
This little patch of land is in a small ravine and you have to be part mountain goat to follow the path at times! Our legs got a good work out and we were glad of the steps when they were available.
It was difficult to get photos once we got well in to the forest as it was quite dark. I don't know the names of many of the plants, shrubs and trees that we saw, but I do know ferns when I see them, they were everywhere in many varities.
This image was supposed to show how steep that climb was, hmm, didn't work out that way. LOL
And this image gives a clue as to how old this place might be.
We were joined by another pair of Fantails as we climbed higher.
We could hear many other species of birds all around us as we walked and climbed but could see none of them. It was a short walk and after about 40 minutes we popped back out in to the sunshine.
It was a lovely walk and we vowed to return again.
That's all from me today, I need to move myself and get some stuff done.
Also an early start at work as we have a staff meeting.