Woolly and nostalgic and libraries

I love libraries! I have requested a pile of herb garden books and can’t wait to pick them up. It is so fantastic that it is free. I remember talking to Hone Tuwhare and how the library opened up a magic world to him. Long may it continue, imagine, he may never have become a poet otherwise. http://www.teara.govt.nz/en/speech/29786/reading-poems [caption id="attachment_1279" align="alignnone" width="225"]01eb02f325ca9ff8266b06c6602db0af71a465c850 My latest library books…herb gardening for dummies.[/caption] My recent knitting obsession is chunky knit rugs. Not that I have made one yet but I am thinking about it. 01c78f7a30f68086b1210520c52a9a919f94b3d0bb017a35fa5dc02ce16af7f669e4c19ba90ac9384dcf [caption id="attachment_1283" align="alignnone" width="225"]017c6899525712ef678908c697a7bf872317c225d1 I am a creature of habit so I decided to knit my dish cloths in wool and sew them together, back them with linen and then make it into a cushion (well strictly speaking asking my sister to do the cushion part). What do you think? Am I turning into a nutty old lady?[/caption]   [caption id="attachment_1281" align="alignnone" width="225"]014cfa41767820c51c815308b766c9f8b18d8cee3f Love having the roses from the vege shop about. Bit of an extravagance at 7 dollars but I’m not buying coffee…. and they last much longer.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1280" align="alignnone" width="300"]010e0c72c4b930e3bcc0f41026b8ca3fe39c0394a6 There is nothing in life but to love and be loved. Well except beautiful linen, china tea cups, knitting…. [/caption] It is so lovely having the day free to potter and make and do. Hope you are having a good day too, FG]]>

Timing and Gratitude

I have just been having a drink at the local cafe, Fact-tree with a friend who gave me a gentle reminder that I am very lucky. (I may possibly have been voicing my concerns over money…) And it reminded me of something that happened yesterday that I had pretty well put out of my mind. A friend’s car had broken down a few days ago and had to be left down at Waiouru. He had then had to hire a rental car to drive back to Auckland only to return yesterday to pick up the repaired car. As it is more than a 10 hour return trip I agreed to go along to keep him awake with my incessant chatter and generally keep him company.   We were driving along quite sedately in clear weather conditions in a fairly old Nissan rental when out of nowhere two tyres having fallen off the back of a truck, hurtled across our vision. This caused Bruce to slam on the brakes and swerve wildly, narrowly missing a steep ditch on my side of the road. Fortunately we missed crashing into the ditch and continued shaken, but on our way. The truck driver was oblivious of the mayhem he had caused and we saw a further tyre that had also fallen off just down the road. We called *555 to report the incident because it was clear the driver had no idea what was happening. There are so many “what ifs” -what if there had been a car right behind us, or coming in the opposite direction at exactly the same time. What if it had been raining as well, what if we hadn’t stopped to look at slippers? This blog post could so easily have been about something a great deal more serious. So what am I dribbling on about? Same old stuff which I seem to forget at very regular intervals. I want to make time to have fun, [caption id="attachment_1270" align="alignnone" width="300"]011476af70d62f18f3e8a17753457fc0f6f0574f53 I took the opportunity for a bit of a laugh when we stopped just out of Tirau :)[/caption] enjoy the journey,   01b5066ee249db69f5a7b46cec7fe2a9e6d67eea8b 0103a9300aa77d3ffe2a44a20c1bd5ed25a887bfe8 0108e8cec8a420d5d40bdcf93d949b5c45c9116c65   stop and smell the roses or…the cheeses. We love Over The Moon www.overthemoondairy.co.nz/


33 Tirau Street Putaruru +64 7 883 8238 sales@overthemoondairy.co.nz I really must stop moaning about trivia and be grateful for health and friends and the sun on my back and a nice pear, ginger and mango smoothie. I am anxious, just quietly, ( well, not very quietly) about my Sam being in Europe and going to countries like Turkey even though I went all through Asia on my own at the same age, including Iran, Syria and Turkey. But shit happens and you just have to hope you can deal with it. I can’t and wouldn’t want to stop him doing anything, just as I wouldn’t have stopped my husband going climbing. He died in a freak accident on a perfect day on the walk in when a crampon broke. And anyway, life happens while you are worrying so there is no point at all in worrying if you know what I mean ! I must make more effort to take my own advice… I had a fabulous day and night with my BFF at the weekend so I’m going to savour that. 01c1dfba451d13ffb434fad5e999fdbfecf2878f8b 01046d2a1efa61b0fce61d3a99975c038da711fc1e 011932bd24401025244612a7c0dd29013aa3ae2e62 I am meeting another good friend shortly to discuss and repair her small knitting woes, I love doing this,-how lucky am I? And then there is the cricket! Carpe diem everyone, FG  

Linens and living simply

01d92de1e446b19c9adc2947510ac6506d7eb771f2 [caption id="attachment_1260" align="alignnone" width="225"]01f012ce72794ff7a9cf0a4da163eee9c0b1d1d6ee Fresh spinach for dinner.[/caption]   I also spend far too much time looking through library books for things I love. I am going through a coarse line phase right now. I know it isn’t living the simple life! but I am hoping to at least buy quality and revive old furniture so I’m not buying and throwing out all the time. Some of my favourite things are highly recycled. The old oak table below belongs to a dear friend I met when babysitting her children. It was their dining table for five and I spent many hours around this table discussing my teenage angst. [caption id="attachment_1251" align="alignnone" width="225"]0130ffca2a5d02049dff97c35faa488f0e97b4435b My friend’s dining table. It holds a lot of important memories.[/caption] 0181cd979d93a54995690ca43a20e796b5fd0bb748 0103e30550a60fca47c6d07c2d1d05434d6d3db6d6 01f9e845d5b7fc646e2eb19b5ccfa382acda8ac1cf 01a6af272c051c9b23bb0ce422139665887b8a8b9e I read the quote below recently and having been really working on not talking about people so at least I become average! How easy it is to slip into meaningless and sometimes  mean, gossip. Another friend was telling me recently that she ended a friendship when the person seem to relish the drama in this friend’s time of crisis. So rather than being supportive, she seemed to enjoy gossiping about it and reveling in the horror of it. Good decision to end that relationship! 01538965f8ea3736e91e658ff99cc87beb3afed99a Have a great weekend everyone, FG  ]]>

Flower power

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Re-establishing a routine

http://harcourts.co.nz/Property/719657/MJ28225/4-10-Sunnynook-Road Sam left last week for his big trip and is currently in Dublin. I try not to worry too much and just believe that he will be safe and have a load of experiences. 01804393ca594215736e2acf1a6bb4e60185fc1ba8 Last month I went to the Waiheke biannual sculpture walk. I think that I have been nearly every year. I have to say I was a bit disappointed this year and nothing really captivated my attention on the trail. I ended up taking pictures of the sculptural qualities of the plants rather than the actual sculptures. It occurs to me that nature must be the inspiration for so much art and sculpture work. 01ad3ceed38c004f6470241113529eb7e72a245da5_00001 01b44fbaf1210c0c4969ecbed8dd01cc70c0444468 010fa53adf5f9cc744928f2b820974bb5e1b17b66a 016f58d3b867336d2219b1a423af32a6de6666211e_00001 018d985511e58229840d0d450b4941e4a6bc7e8cdd_00001 019b7fe104716abba242d228a52db3f5a8937002ef 0118ffc315477d32f788e4d479b504b15b6c9bfac9_00001 0139124ca93e87150db76a9e2ed8e8be3a29bef304_00001 However, in the gallery that is part of the exhibition I was tempted to buy a small Michael Tuffery with which I plan to anoint my new house. Most of my paintings and art bits and pieces hold memories for me about an event or special occasion. I hope to put this up as a new beginning, a place to enjoy and be comfortable in. 0183786905aa0ab62677f1e200410731825bda1422_00002 The Māori kite is known as manu tukutuku or manu aute. Manu means both kite and bird, and the word tukutuku refers to the winding out of the line as the kite ascends. Kites were also known as pākau, a name for the wing of a bird. Kites were flown for recreation, but they also had other purposes. They were used for divination – to gauge whether an attack on an enemy stronghold would be successful, or to locate wrongdoers. They were also a means of communication. It is said that when the founding ancestor of Ngāti Porou, Porourangi, died in Whāngārā, on the East Coast, a kite was flown and his brother Tahu, the founding ancestor of Ngāi Tahu, was able to see it from the South Island. Sometimes people would release a kite and follow it, claiming and occupying the place where it landed. Kites were flown to celebrate the start of the Māori New Year, when Matariki (the Pleiades) appeared in the mid-winter night sky. I am also doing quite a bit of fun day dreaming about the courtyard garden I will have. I will making an excursion to the library today to get some garden books out. I know I definitely want fragrance from herbs and lavender and also a kitchen potager for cooking.  But, I am also quite inexperienced and a bit lazy so it has to be something manageable. The space is around 50 square metres so enough for sitting, dining and herbs and lemons I think. 01056b1d47fae58c3522959a833c3a74fee93c719d     The picture of the house shows the grass patch but I really don’t want this. I hope to have a lovely mystery kind of garden that doesn’t require mowing! I like the stones in the above picture. 016256131fb861513027fb225992fb60022de74c9a I’m thinking I won’t have a place for my French bed inside…I guess it is a bit ambitious to think I could enclose a bit of garden for my bed… 0109369e6ec48f85769ceb707cd521708c513e161c I am going out to buy a card and some flowers as our lovely neighbour, Norm died on Saturday. Nobody could wish for a kinder, more vigilant neighbour. He tended our drive way and generally kept an eye on the whole lane. Thinking if his family. Seize the day, everyone. Have a happy week. FG]]>

New year, new beginnings

01b7b07ab8c790afd8b80a70fa03d8e4486e435494 Fab friends who spend hours cleaning the pantry. thanks Sabina 🙂 xx[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1212" align="alignnone" width="225"]01e61e7ca6e066395bb765418a99e0be43995b52c1 Depressing stage of getting stuff packed but not yet stored.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1215" align="alignnone" width="225"]01455ff89ae8846618f74faea2b6f7ee9a26fc4aa3 Sam’s room finally empty of the floor robe….[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1217" align="alignnone" width="300"]0103720878c0d5344136788cc225d83802eeb5fe46 The Spartenised kitchen![/caption] 013aa480a2eba0d47949b5dac0ff5aa883bf89b2f5 01130fb66aa39ce5b5bdf722188e09f00e2c3eb324 0101969180bdecf1de2d51aadd34e6f8f11bb827c6 We both love our house dearly and will miss the sun and light but also look back on the lovely nine years we shared here. So…moving on. I have bought a terrassed house off the plan from Hobsonville Point and hope to be in by Christmas. I looked all over the place but the pieces didn’t fit until I went there. I have always wanted to establish an eco village with friends and this is the closest I have found. Read all about the market, the sculpture walk, the eco principles etc. here: http://www.hobsonvillepoint.co.nz/ This is my house, I am in the middle somewhere there. A friend looks to be buying one just two doors along which is really exciting as we will go through the process together. 012a62916e76b78212cf10eeacd9224730812a7f92 0111bcde609eaf527f2cc15eab47c66cea36d4185a 019921b89da6d10013b3c42199bd738de530534f4f 016256131fb861513027fb225992fb60022de74c9a I hope to get back in the swing of things now as the house will go on the market on Saturday. So if you know of anyone who wants to live in a loved and lovely sunny home do let me know. We live in the aptly named Sunnynook. Sadly, as my financial parameters have shifted I will have to work at least part-time and am very grateful to have two days per week back at AUT. I am also having fun working with Dayle Candy from Harcourts. I came to know her while stalking open homes and now she is going to sell our place. http://www.daylecandy.co.nz/ As I have had to store my tile gear for the rest of the year, I took my display boards to a cute wee shop in Milford called Arazzo and she has agreed to put them in her shop. http://www.arazzo.co.nz/ Please call in and see them if you are passing. Just in the main street down from the lights by the new cheese shop. 0150960ff34572d4dc6a744e6fa31f0b66f7f52e3f 01077580698fa6e77117f8c1e26a71380f57d92bb7 I have had a quiet day at home helping my son Sam sort everything for his four month adventure overseas. He leaves tomorrow. Feeling a little melancholy but of course delighted for him and  hoping it will be fun, challenging, and interesting but also that he comes home safe and sound. He has been at home for a few weeks so it has been brilliant having live music in the house again. He is playing his travelling ukulele in preparation for his trip. Go well, Sammy, you are the best. xx 0166e403280cd5a2f753f8e5ac1e78d07b450f2b79 I hope the simple life will not elude me and just as a token reminder I sat and knitted a dish cloth last night in a rhythmic trance :).  I have let yoga go by the wayside these last few frenetic weeks and so it isn’t surprising that I became quite sick last week. I will get on track now and loved reading a bit of Lauris Edmond last night. She says: I want to tell you about time, how strangely it behaves when you haven’t got much of it left: after 60 say, or 70, when you’d think it would find itself squeezed so hard that like melting ice it would surely begin to shrink, each day looking smaller and smaller – well, it’s not so…                                                         (‘In Position’) I am not going to shrink my life, so onward, with love! FG  ]]>