Mom’s birthday this year was the best! My cat after having to put up with all the wonderful idiosyncratic do das from mom, she stole the show and the day! The birthday cake became her obsession. She had the best piece that was saved for the birthday girl! I had the best laugh!!! Cat was […]
Over the past couple of months I have been getting out my paints again and also trying out drawing or copying from a book I have. So I have a mix of art journal pages to share with you today.Having my little puppy Gigi now I have to make sure I have taken her for a walk before I sit down in my craft area otherwise……….she gets bored and up to mischief.Fortunately after a 30 minute fast walk she is happy to collapse and snooze while mum plays with her stuff.
Its such fun Mum ……………………………………
So here are some of my new page
Back in February I set off with a cousin on a road trip from Taranaki up to the Waikato, across to the Bay of Plenty, over to Gisborne down to Napier and then home. We had an amazing time. Our first goal was to visit Hobbiton which is the Film set from Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit movies. What an amazing place it was totally worth the entry price and exceeded my expectations. This set was rebuild for the Hobbit movies and this time the Farm owners requested that the Set be built of permanent materials in order for it to become a tourist destination. He worked with Sir Peter Jackson and his studio and it has been a triumph, also an economic success story for the Farm, Matamata and the surrounding area. It employs a large number of locals and draws tourists from around the world. Every detail is carefully crafted the clothes line for example came up to my knees and the clothes were all in proportion.It was a grey drizzly day but as you can see we still got good photos.
From Hobbiton we drove to Tauranga and the following morning we headed over to visit family in Gisborne on the east coast of the North Island. This small city prides itself on being the first city to see the sun. Captain James Cook sailed into the bay in 1769 and as Cook was unable to gain many of the provisions he and his crew needed at the bay he gave it the name Poverty Bay. Now Poverty Bay is one of the more fertile areas of New Zealand and famous for its Chardonnay, fruit, vegetables and avocados, and abundant sunshine although we actually brought the rain from Taranaki with us. We had one fine day travelling over and then it rained. They needed it as it had been very dry but we wanted sun 😦 so not many photos.
After a great time with Family and touring wineries we headed of in the rain to Napier to meet up with my Sisters and Brother in Law for the Napier Art Deco festival. More on that in the next post.
January 2017 a new year and while I am not doing resolutions I decided that I would follow a trend of folk I know that choose a word to guide, inspire and encourage them throughout the year. I chose Create because I felt that it could have so many different meanings for me. For example I would like to create a fitter me; a pretty back garden, a newly decorated bedroom and of course more art.
My first play day was with the Gelli plates which I have not used for ages and ages. I had a wonderful time making lots of printed papers that I could use for card making and for my art journalling. I decided that the kitchen was the best place to spread out and have fun so away I went, spending most of the day creating getting paint on my fingers and everywhere else ha ha
A couple of days later I decided to use some of my pretty papers and made a range of cards ready for almost any occasion
So My year is of to a good start. More exciting things to come soon in the next chapter
Today I want to wish all my followers Seasons greetings for this festive time. I know that we all have different ways of celebrating and also different faiths but this is the time of the year for me to celebrate Christmas. Being a December baby I have always loved Christmas time, the carols, decorating the house and bringing in the Christmas tree or even putting up the fake one; the family traditions and then joy on peoples faces as they gather with their families and friends.
This year is a little different its been harder somehow to get into the spirit of the season. My decorations are more low key as I have no family visiting this year, I am going to my sister’s for Christmas Lunch then back to my Brother’s for the evening meal.
There have also been so many momentous happenings here in New Zealand with another major earthquake shaking us badly and creating chaos and recently our Prime Minister suddenly resigning,. Internationally Donald Trump in America winning the Presidential race, Brexit in Britain and so many injustices around the world in war zones and terrorism in cities like Paris and just last night Berlin. just to name a few.Each year we ask for Peace but it never happens.
I guess that the best we can do in our small corner of the world is to share love and happiness with those close to us and in our community too. As a country far away from the unrest of the world we are known to be generous and supportive of those in need all over the world as well as in our own backyard. We must all lead by example and show the way so I wish you all
Joy, Peace and Happiness this Christmas and for the coming Year.
After returning from my holiday in the South Island I made an impulsive decision on a wet shopping day. I saw a cat advertised in the SPCA shop window. It looked like a mature cat so I decided right there to go down to the SPCA site where they keep the cats and check it out. I arrived just 5 minutes after the opened which I took to be a good sign LOL but that cat had gone and they only had kittens – which I was not going to get but…… of course I had to have a peek. There asleep in the corner was a little ginger stripy tom, I picked him up and had a wee cuddle. fatal of course I took him home!!! In the last 4 months he has grown from a very timid shy little kitten to a big brave exploring teenager. He was micro chipped when i got him and I got a free voucher to get him desexed ( SPCA Charge a minimal $80 dollar for cats) so he has been to the Vets for his little operation last month and has settled in very well. Still disappears when anyone comes to visit so hes my ghost cat.but has added fun and laughter back into my life. It is not the same as Poppy but maybe a little dog will come later.
Lake Te Anau , the gateway to Fiordland national park was to be our destination for 6 days as we explored the area. We had a lovely day driving from Kaka Point To Te Anau stopping at small towns along the way for coffees and photo opportunities. This was Gore a very nice rural town with a great entrance. Salmon country.
Lake Te Anau is a the largest and deepest lake in Fiordland the town is small and caters to holiday makers and tourists. It is the stepping off point for Milford Sound and for several walking and biking tracks. In summer there would be lots of boats I suspect but the town was bunkering down for winter as some of the restaurants were closed. But we found two excellent ones on recommendations from friends.It was very wet and rained most of the time and one photo shows the lake was so high it had submerged a pier. On a finer day I went for a walk and found these gorgeous toadstools and the colours of autumn.
My family and I enjoyed our stay though as we had fun playing Rummycub, Yahtze and doing jigsaws in between our travels.Next installment with be our adventures on Milford Sound. Bye