Sunday, 7 August 2016

It rained so much I think I got washed away for a while.

Finally today the sun is out and I feel like blogging.  Winter has been wet, cold and down right miserable over  the last couple of weeks.  The sort of weather that makes you stay in doors under a blanket if you can.  But I still managed to get out and about in between the showers of rain, well I still had to work didn't I.  There was rugby to go watch, shops to be shopped in, and other little trips out that helped break up the monotony of WINTER!!!

During some of those in door moments I unearthed a project that has only been on the go for a couple of years.  Well Rome wasn't built in a day was it?

My Blanket coat!!  Every seam I topped stitch by hand in blanket stitch, which I might add I forgot how to do so had to goggle it.  Anyway I am on the home straight now, the end is in sight.  Just some finishing off and it will be finally wearable.  Perfect for the even colder weather that has been predicted.

My dear friend Anne was having a sort out and gave me a couple of things she thought I might like, why thanks very much, both gratefully received.  Is there such a thing as too many baskets?  I think not!!

Mr Big has become my constant companion of late and totally become boss of the house and our family.  I am so glad he is happy to live with us all.

This made me laugh, it would seem my Bird of Paradise was having a bad hair day!!

Speaking of hair I decided to go GREY!!

My garden is beginning to bloom and the fragrance from the Daphne is heady to  say the least. Actually Spring flowers are springing up everywhere at the moment, Mother Nature is confused it would seem.

I have continued to wear colour, and layers as my way of brightening up those dull days just for myself.

Pretty Pink Hali-bores, Fairy Camellias, are  welcome sight at home.

 Accents of AQUA worn with a french braid.

Trade Me and Op shops have been getting my attention.  The Glass Terrarium and the Felt slippers were op shopped.  The sterling silver frog ring and the two Cape Cods were Trade Me buys.  The chairs will get sanded and brightened up for Summer, every day that season is getting closer.  I tell myself this as a way of dealing with the gloom of Winter.

Sleeping dogs are letting Big join them.

A visit to Dawn had pretty young lads in a paddock and colourful creations to cheer anyone up.

And because her talents are limitless, there was a gorgeous copper wire creation in the process of being made.  I cannot wait to see this sculpture all finished.  This was inspired by something we saw on Facebook.

I got spotty one day with the flowering Kaka Beak.

On a surprisingly sunny day I  made good use of the weather and went to visit my feathered friends at Taitua Arboretum.

Monarch Butterflies and Bees of all sizes were making the most of the good weather and the flowers on offer.

Huge flowering Camellias were everywhere and a lone duck was bathing in a water trough.

I love this place, the peace and quietness of a sunny day with Nature, large trees, and flowering offerings, and of course the continual crowing of the lads back in the car park.  Native birds dart about too fast and too far for my camera.

With a cafe meet up with Sue W to follow.  The most divine Carrot Cake ever and a pot of Earl Grey.   My tea for one even came in a chicken themed pot!

TOF and I have traveled to rugby on some gloomy Saturdays to watch the spare play.  Yesterday was particularly WET, WINDY, and bloody COLD!!

His team made it into the top four teams but sadly they lost by ONE point.  So close but not close enough.  It has been great being part of the support troop on the sideline each weekend, but it will be rather nice to get our Saturday arvos back.

But that sun managed to arrive on our drive home, TOO LATE SUNSHINE!!

This morning I drove to our Equestrian Centre and watched some graceful nags practicing for a dressage competition that was happening.  Such beautiful animals, and some are huge!!

I love how manes are plaited, heads are bejewelled, tails are brushed and some horses even have their coats trimmed.  After chatting to some horsey folk I found out that next weekend there is show jumping on.  Guess you know where I will be next Sunday now.

As much as I would like to lie around indoors like Big I need to get outside while the weather is nice and clean the girls bedroom out so hopefully they will reward me with some EGGS!!!

Good to know don't you think and a positive way to greet every day no matter how shitty it looks outside.  Tomorrow I shall arise to SINGING, well maybe not, maybe I shall just Whistle.




Poppy Q said...

Hi Sue,

I have missed you and your posts, nice to see you back. It is FREEZING here and we have all the heaters blasting, and are looking forward to spring coming back.

Julie and Poppy Q

Leeanne said...

Hi Ya Sue! Your wool coat is looking fabulous.........but you must get it finished as sadly winter will come to an end and summer will push forward. Mr Big is a fab fella isn't he? Are you really going grey? Or have you dyed it?

Serenata said...

Lovely full post and great to see all the fabulous pictures. Your blanket coat is going to be amazing...lucky you choosing to go grey! I wasn't given a choice ;-) You hair looks great.

I had heard the weather had been especially wet... show jumping! How I miss those days of show jumping and cross country - seems like yesterday, but also seems a lifetime away- time is a strange thing indeed Have fun next time you go and please take lots of photos!

Raewyn said...

Nice to see your post and all your colourful pics. We're having a chilly few days and are well over the rain. Your wool coat looks awesome - what a fun - and warm - wear that will be :-)

Goody said...

Our bird starts each day with a song...screeching, "I hate you. Go get my seed! I need a bath. I hate you!"
That bird is so ill-behaved Danny has taken to calling him, "Rosemary's Budgie."
We swear he's demon spawn.

You coat is beautiful! Obviously worth all the effort because it is one of a kind and so very lovely.

I like your silvery hair colour. I'll bet it looks great when you wear red.

Here's hoping for better weather. I'd make certain Big doesn't get hold of your password reading the computer over your shoulder. He seems like a smart boy.

Polyester Princess said...

It's funny, but that's what our summer has actually been as well: wet and miserable. I'm loving your blanket coat, that should definitely keep you warm. How sweet Mr. Big is, I can see he is "helping" you, or is he just checking his Facebook page ;-) Your "new" hair looks lovely and suits you very well. The felt slippers made me smile and how gorgeous is that Arboretum? Thanks for taking us there, Sue. xxx

Fiona said...

What a fab coat, love all the detailing.(pom-poms and applique) That pic of you on the computer and Mr Big supervising reminded me so much of Prue...she used to do that too. (and sit on the keyboard!)
Your hair looks great btw.x

Mim said...

That blanket coat is excellent - it's going to be so warm and cosy. I like all your coloured outfits, too. It's great to see some colour.

Vix said...

Winter really is a struggle, isn't it?
I love that blanket coat, what a masterpiece. Mr Big is bloody gorgeous. xxx

Beth Waltz said...

I do like the silvery-gilt hair color with your bright wardrobe, Sue. The blanket coat is inspiring me to shorten a vintage robe (bought cheap) for wear as a marketing coat. Might even use the cut off fabric to make a matchy-matchy shopping bag.

Is there any creature more smug than a tomcat half asleep in a comfortable bed, or any bird more raucous than an arboretum rooster greeting a visitor? Even the duck in the tub seemed pleased with his lot! New Zealand's flora and fauna perform well for your camera!

freckleface said...

Welcome back Sue...and of course Mr Big. Bet you've been glad you've had him to snuggle up to during all that tedious winter weather. That blanket coat is a work of art! I love your hair in that French plait, you've got loads of it! Mine looks like a rat's tail when I have it done. I've never smelled Daphne! That needs to go on the list! Xxx

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