Saturday, July 18, 2015

FNSI and other things

Well what a day it was yesterday..an exciting start with a trip to the airport to pick up DD2 after her long flights home from Vancouver..after a month away.  There was a fog layer over the runway here so the plane had to circle for about 50 mins until it cleared enough for them to get the all clear to land..phew she was glad to be on the ground..and noticed the cold weather as soon as we walked out of the terminal!!!
Lots to catch up on...and another thing to look forward to is DD1 arrives home tomorrow night after 3 years away on her OE...she flew as far as Auckland with DD2 but is spending a couple of days visiting friends up there before she flies down here..can't wait to see her....
Meanwhile for FNSI last night I added a few more rows to Mum's rug..I'm on the 14 colour change now..it was the perfect project to work on ..catching up with DD2 and keeping warm..

                             
It started snowing about an hour ago..it seems to be stop/start at the moment but we have a covering of snow on the back deck..so will wait to see what it is like in the morning..

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Another cracking frost.

Like so many places the big freeze has continued for the last few mornings with the temperature lowering to about -6 C degrees overnight , leaving us with a cracking frost...
Some shady parts of the garden  haven't defrosted since Saturday, white crunchy lawn, and there was this slab of ice which froze to over 4cm thick in an icecream container... 
                        
Meanwhile lovely sunny days are following each frosty morning, perfect for warming the house but not so nice if you are outside in the cold air.
Mum's rug continues to grow..I've completed 9 colour changes so far..I'm really enjoying working on this and it gives my eyes a rest from other stitching.
                   

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Brrrrrrrrr..it's cold


Well the temperature says 1 degree but that doesn't take into account the wind chill factor.. Yesterday we hit a high of 5 degrees..woohoo.. so the official reading said..it was sunny but with a cold wind blowing up from the south where they had very heavy snow falls during the day...
Hello...yesterday sunny but cold
What a difference a day makes..we had light snow overnight and being down near sea level where we live it just left a light covering on the ground.. so this morning it was like this
Hello...it is a bit cold but a lot of fun rolling in the snow
 They are predicting snow showers to continue on and off till tomorrow.  There is a lot more snow in the hill suburbs and the Northern Motorway out of the city was closed last night (it's about 300 m above sea level) .  There will be a lot of cars and trucks stuck in town and on the other side of the hills till they open it..looks like a few shops will be without things like fresh bread as that gets trucked in from further north these days.  Motorists around town have been told to take care as there is a lot of black ice on the roads and a lot of bus services aren't running.
So, being school holidays, I am going to stay warm inside.. I've added a few more rows to mum's rug....
                            
I did have an oops moment and had to undo the 2 rows of green , so am pleased to have corrected it and redone those rows..



Sunday, July 5, 2015

What a night...what a game...

It was both exciting and nerve-wracking last night as our team, the mighty Highlanders,  battled it out for the Rugby Super XV title, against another New Zealand team, the Hurricanes , (who had beaten us twice this year).  Not many people out of the area gave us a chance but our team led all through the game, and came away with the title..not bad for a team that was 2nd last in 2013 and are now the champions in 2015..so very exciting..and as the saying goes 'Better to have a champion team than a team of champions".. a group of players who have worked hard for each other throughout the season.....found this photo online
So to give myself something to do while watching the game (and to keep the nerves at bay) I got out the wool for a ripple rug that I am making for Mum and got through a few rows..I started it on Friday for FNWF and after a month of hardly any crafting it was great to get back into doing something. 

                     
The package of wool for the rug arrived during the week..I am using the pattern and selection of colours for the cottage ripple on the Attic 24 site.  Thought they looked like good colours for Mum, 
                                  
So after nearly a month of self imposed absence from blogging it is good to be back.  It has just been such a busy month with report writing, daughter's house flooding etc etc that I had to restrict myself..now to catch up on what's been happening in my absence..

Sunday, June 7, 2015

FNWF

What a week it was and so it was good to just sit down and relax with a needle and thread while I worked on this for FNWF. 
              
Tonight I have been stitching a lot of lazy daisies in the design under those words.
Yesterday was spent going around the shops with DD2 as she was looking at carpet, vinyl, wallpaper, heat pump, whiteware etc.  She wants to be ready with all the information when the insurance asks for it.  The assessor has been and her carpet was taken up and thrown out yesterday. Now she is waiting for a builder to come and check how far up the walls the water damage has gone..then she will know the extent of the work that needs to be done and how long it will take.  Funny thing is DH is a builder himself, but as he said you have to leave it to the insurance to sort it all out and reinstate her little house to what it was.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

It sure has been a day to forget..

..the heavy rain started last night and we have had 115mls during the day..usually we might expect about 65mls in a month.  The roads and drains in the city haven't been able to cope..and some homes have been flooded...and sadly DD2's little house has been one of those houses,..DH went to check on it at lunchtime as we heard that a number of roads in the area had flooded and what a sad awful sight it was.....water knee deep as you walked down the path and then up the front steps to the door.. and there it was ..water through the house as well..not a great day at all...

On the news tonight it said that one of the pumpstations had failed in the area..not what you want to hear when you have to deal with a flooded house..
...and now begins the process of dealing with the insurance claim and getting the house liveable again.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Well..what a weekend...

Here in New Zealand it was Queen's Birthday weekend so that meant a 3 day weekend for us..

It was the Chookshed's 3rd birthday so lots of us got to "attend" the party (virtually of course!!)

I have given in to the temptation of Lucy Boston.  When I called in to a LQS I saw some blocks on display with a notice that they have a Lucy Boston group meeting there, they had already had their first get together so I was going to join them for the 2nd one last week..bad luck though as it snowed on and off all day so it was postponed as no one was really keen to go out at night... so the next one is at the end of this month..so a little bit of preparation has been done by way of retail therapy..the book, template and papers..
            
and a selection of fabrics to get me started..
           
our weekend jolted to a finish last night..quite literally.  They don't call New Zealand the Shaky Isles for nothing..We'd just gone to bed when there was a roaring sound and the house started shaking..the biggest earthquake we have felt in quite a while down here..a 4.7 centred just 30 km away.. we can sometimes feel the odd tremor from other parts of the South Island when they have had earthquakes...and they have recently assigned levels of earthquake risk to various parts of NZ..low, medium and high.  We were relieved to see that we live in one of the few parts of the country where it is considered at a low risk of having an earthquake... so it just goes to show...