Saturday, December 31, 2011
I have had so many blessings though to be thankful for. I was gifted a new computer this week from the lovely Kevin and Cathy ( thank you so much you guys, it is great) which will mean I can now update my blog more regularly. I missed two natural disasters while I was away in Christchurch when the floods happened and had to return to Nelson unexpectedly and missed the latest swarm of earthquakes in Christchurch. I was affected though as when I returned home my power had been off since the rain and both freezers were full of rotting food, the smell was something else, the cupboards were very bare for Christmas!!!
I spent Christmas with Linds and family and we had the usual brunch which we find frees us up to relax for the rest of the day. The weather was great but once again the rain returned to soak everything again. I feel sorry for all the holiday makers that descend upon Nelson.
Boxing day was spent picking raspberries and enjoying fruit icecreams out at Berry Fields. This is something I really enjoy doing so I can freeze them for the coming year, plus its what summer in Nelson is all about!
I treated myself to a V9 Tablet for Christmas, it is great only 7 ins but finding it really useful now as I can read my patterns on it.
I havent been doing much knitting of late but will do a post later of those I have done last year.
Well to all far and near have a wonderful New Year, may 2012 be healthy and happy for you all .
Monday, December 19, 2011
In saying that I am at the moment visiting Rachel in Christchurch for Christmas. They are still displaced and living in Templeton since the February Quake and no nearer to finding out about their house in Avondale. Everything is shocking to see in real life, the streets where they lived just down fro the river are a mess. The end of her road is Red Zoned, we walked around Hulverstone Drive while P did the lawns, what a sad sad place, looks like a ghost town. Haven't felt any aftershocks thank goodness but as we are only a few metres from the railway tracks trains going all day and night its very noisy.
Havent really done anything for Christmas it will be money for most I think.
I am sort of pleased to not be in Nelson at the moment with the terrible flooding they are having at present, I got Dan to check my place and it is ok. Granny is still in Rocks fall and it will take more than landslides to move her!!!! Its a shame with Christmas coming as Nelson is a popular holiday spot.
On the knitting front have made quite a few pairs of socks, mostly babies I will post pics when I return home as finally I am getting a computer Yay!!! and should be back to regular posting.
Well we are off for a walk soon hoping the rain holds off it has been quite cool here thank goodness I brought my merinos!!
Well to all of you far and near may I wish you a very blessed and peaceful Christmas and Happy New Year
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Friday, September 9, 2011
Saturday, September 3, 2011
Hi there everyone its been a while since posting here, busy stressful weeks with lots of ups and downs.
Friday, August 12, 2011
Sunday, July 31, 2011
Josh has had a rough couple of days as they wean him off the epidural, but he seems better this afternoon. Me and kids been up to hospital but they get bored there.....not much fun! We have lunch at the Ronald Mcdonald family room in the hospital so good to have these places. We cant speak highly enough of the R/M house we are staying at at Grafton Mews it is a brand new facility, they make life much less stressful for families going through tough times.
Julie and Jason came up with Mr Louis the dog and took us out to tea and took tea in for the parents who havent been able to leave the hospital. Great job Julie and Jason and I hope that you have a great birthday today Julie.
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
The other 2 are fine after a long few days of harrowing travel in the snow and a rough ferry ride.
Friday, July 1, 2011
Saturday, June 25, 2011
We have had a few days away at Greymouth at the CCS house, which is a wonderful place to relax and unwind. Have been busy once again knitting things for Julies markets.
More aftershocks continue to rock Christchurch the last big ones were centered near Rachel which upped everybodies anxiety levels. They have just found out that their home in Avondale is green which means okay for rebuild. It is crazy as the end `of their street is red zones to be demolished and she has silt under her house so what they will do I dont know, so many others are in the same position`with one half street red other green!!! Trying times for them as more aftershocks bring more damage.
Well I have two of the grandchildren around for a while, they are busy watching movies on the Ipad ......wonderful!
The weather continues to be wet but not too cold the temps are up for this time of the year. Getting washing dry is a real problem and I hate wet washing hanging around.
Well all. ......have a great weekend wherever you are.
Friday, May 20, 2011
Yay !!!!!!!! I have just signed up for another winter sock club from Vintage Purls. These go so quickly that I have been glued to the computer waiting for it all to happen. You get one installment for each of the months of June July and August. Got to have something to beat those winter blues. It is a lovely surprise because you never know what you are getting, wool and pattern and also Morag pops in some lovely little sweet treats!
Saturday, May 14, 2011
Decided to make myself some date scones this afternoon, I was feeling in the mood for something a little sweet, these always fills the gap and freeze very well.
Friday, May 6, 2011
One again I have resorted to knitting my favorite sock pattern Monkey. I always go back to this pattern because it is so quick even with the 11 row pattern and the fit is great. 14297 people on Ravelry think so too. I knitted it in a lovely VP sock yarn, electric blue, cant think of the name.
Sunday, April 17, 2011
I have had a busy few weeks knitting lots of things, mainly baby hats and socks. I went into town in the week a rare thing and found this lovely shop Cruellas, I could have stayed for hours just looking and fondling the wool. I brought some of their lovely Alpaca yarn in shades of teal and purple it is a dream to knit with, hand dyed here in Nelson. The pattern I used is Swirl Hat and leftover baby socks
Thursday, March 31, 2011
Well we have been enjoying some lovely weather here in Nelson long may it last! We put the clocks back one hour this weekend. (
Monday, March 7, 2011
The family had to return to Christchurch yesterday because P had to go back to work, they cannot live in their house at present as no water or sewerage and everyone from their area have seemed to have left as it resembles a war zone . They managed to get some accommodation in a holiday park, it is on the outskirts of Ch Ch and quite a bit far for P to go to work but at least they are safer out there.
Monday, February 28, 2011
Well the family managed to finally get out from Christchurch on Thursday, It took a while as they had to find places for most of the animals. Nearly all the bridges are out near them in Avondale, and traffic was really congested.
Thursday, February 24, 2011
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
This last week has been very busy what with having visitors out from the UK, barbecues and spending time with the family. Joel stayed last night and we got up early for a trip to Isel Park and House before it got too hot. It was a lovely morning and nice and cool underneath the trees, there were already lots of people about walking dogs and themselves, also an art group were setting up for a bit of painting what better place for a bit of recreation. The house didn't open until 11 am so we explored the huge trees and stream that meanders through the Park. On the way home we brought a enormous watermelon and boy did we enjoy it after waking home in that heat!
Tuesday, February 8, 2011
Yesterday had another baking day, bread and Anzac biscuits. I have been having a few problems with my bread due to the high heat and humidity, it has been rising too much and spilling over the top and it has holes in it. All in the freezer for some friends, so hope it is okay.
Monday, January 31, 2011
On Saturday I went black-currant picking with my good friends Roger and Ruth. We do this most years, its lovely to get out into the countryside at the Moutere. This is perhaps 1/2 hour from Nelson. It took us about 2 hours for me to pick nearly 3 kilo's, and the weather was kind to us, overcast at times which helped. Thanks to the lovely growers there who allow people to pick free at the end of the season. On the way back popped into Kahurangi Estate Winery for some tasting and buying.
1/2 Cup Sugar
2tsp Baking powder
Use 2/3 cups fruit
Sprinkle with icing sugar when cool.
350 deg for 20 min
Just cream butter and sugar then add egg then dry ingredients. Roll out and line tin, this can be challenging but it doesn't matter if it gets to be like a jigsaw puzzle it all works out in the end
I doubled mixture as it would only make a tiny one, and what use is that Ha Ha!!
As you can see mine looks a little overdone it is a bit but I like it like that and the camera made it darker than it really is!
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Its been a while since posting here as my camera has been playing up, but all okay now.