Monday, August 15, 2011

Snow - An Update

It's amazing what 6 hours of on and off snow will do... More snow to come!

We interrupt this service to bring you... SNOW!

Rarely seen in Wellington...

in the last 24 hours our yard has been transformed into

a winter wonderland.

Causing post delays (damn I'll have to wait a little longer for some recent purchases),

closures of daycare(s), schools and roads.

Thankfully we have plenty of food and the warmth of the heat pump.
All that's left to do is enjoy the snow while it lasts!
I've been contemplating sticking up the Christmas tree. Just because.

It's meant to be here for the week!

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

WIP Wednesday #2

So I've missed the last few WIP Wednesday's. Hopeless I know. Anyway, on a positive note, the Strawberry Triangles is complete (well the quilt top at least!). Please excuse the washing :)

And I've decided to 'park' a bunch of WIPs so that I can focus on projects that are timebound (for Christmas). I am trying to rid the guilt of the unfinished!

So, I've parked the following WIPs:

Look and Play Hexagon quilt
Wee Play DNP Super Size Me
Dance with Me
ABC Quilt

 And instead I need to work on:

More heatpacks (and a tutorial)
Arcadia DNP
Single *Boy* quilts in Little Apples
Single Girl quilt in Pretty Bird
Children at Play Swoon (my first block is below)

The blocks are a little more time consuming than I expected! 1 down, 8 more to go!

Hope you've had a productive week! Check out more WIPs Wednesday here.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

A Change of Scenery

Sometimes all you really need is a change of scenery. This past week the DH and I packed the car and travelled to the family bach in Taupo for the week. It was exactly what we all needed. A change of scenery, pace and a break in routine.

As well as relaxing and playing a lot of Fish and Snap, we did lots of cool things. We took the boys swimming twice. Both our boys are water babies and spent the entire time leaping of the side of the pool. They absolutely loved it but I must confess that after an hour and a half, my arms were aching from scooping them back up. We did a day trip to Rotorua (some pics below) and we went up the mountain and played in the snow with rubbish bags.

All in all it was actually a very cheap family holiday. All up about $550. Food, outings, petrol and accommodation included for 7 days. We were blessed with LOVELY weather all week. Coming home was definitely hard. I am already planning our next escape!

Warning: Lots of photos to come...

The evening view out the kitchen window. You can see the lake.

Ollie and Gus at Paradise Valley in Rotorua.

Spotting trout in the river.

Hand feeding dear.

Walking side by side.

Little lazy legs.

Max the lion. Hungry.

Lioness cub. So cute.

Trout swimming.

The sweetest little ducklings. Gus had a blast feeding these little guys. They seemed to like him too. So much so that they popped through the fence. Gus told them "hey, get back in your cage little duckys" and when they wouldn't... "oh alright then, c'mon little duckys". They followed him down the path.

Wallabies. Apparently found native in NZ too! That was news to me.

Hand feeding the goat.

Gus talking to Donkey. Professing his love.

It was money well spent in my mind. The boys were so good and loved every minute too. I'll post some snow pics in a separate post. And I also took my sewing machine and did some sewing... So I'll post some pics of that later too. It's definitely motivated me to plan another break... perhaps now I can finally plan our honeymoon....

Hope you've all had a lovely weekend!