Friday, November 28, 2014
The next two are made for my nephews who live on the Mornington Peninsular in Victoria. I have recently made outfits for their sisters. So l thought it only fitting that they should also receive something in the mail.
This one was made for a friends Grandchild who also lives in Melbourne. I am still waiting on pompoms or ric rac to complete the last four for the boys.
All six are pictured here before they are sent on there way. Hopefully before Christmas.
Saturday, November 22, 2014
We desperately need rain here the grass is crunching beneath our feet.
Feel for the farmers out there trying to feed their stock. Nothing green to see here.
Any way l pulled out this project which l had forgotten l had. Now that l have been reacquainted l am determined to complete, asap. Hope you all got something started or completed.
Thursday, November 20, 2014
Made from left over fabric from Grace's dress.
The Pattern is a Kookaburra Design called Sunday Dress.
I found the dress to use quite a bit of fabric. l would tend to reduce the amount of gathering, it is a lot and makes the dress waist a tad bulky. In the larger sizes.
But simple and easy to put together. As you can see from previous post you can add your own individual touches.
Wednesday, November 19, 2014
This ball is hanging outside Information center. Can not remember the name or why it has been placed there. But looked really cool just the same.
Went to the Museum (Papa Museum of New Zealand) spent at least 1 hour there could have stay longer but we are on a time limit.
Despite the steep hills, the city can be explored on foot, Kelburn cable car, stairways and foot paths climb the slopes from the city center. We chose to ride the cable car to the top. Looking out at this great view from the botanical gardens.
Instead of returning by cable car we decide to walk through the gardens to the bottom at least 30-40 mins. As long as you follow the red line.
As you can see by this beautiful plant below some flowers were beginning to come out to play in the sun.
The lushness of the ferns in the rain forest was exceptional. Looking down the cafe below.
Alison Clouston (1957)
Displayed in the Civic Square as part of the Wellington International Festive of the Arts. The bee lady was donated to the city by an anonymous benefactor. The bee lady was carved out of a eucalyptus (gumtree) that was blown down in a storm in the Blue Mountains (West Sydney).
The Parliament buildings crown a knoll near Lambton Quay. The 1922 Edwardian Parliament House and the 1897 neo-Gothic Library contrast with the Beehive - the Executive Wing. Which was opened by the Queen Elizabeth in 1977.
Even though we arrived to find that there were no tours of Parliament House, we were lucky enough to be there when the Speaker of the House was off to the Governors to be served with the warrants.
John Key and his party would be sworn back in the next day.
This made my Hubby's day.
Took a taxi to the top of Mt. Victoria. As we needed to return back to the ship and running out of time once again. Was a glorious view, pity we couldn't stay and soak it all in.
By the end of the day, l for one was glad to be driven back to the ship, as my feet and legs had been over walked this whole trip.
Saturday, November 15, 2014
The next dress is for the beautiful Miss Abbey my Granddaughter. Thought l would make her a patchwork sundress. Think it turned out really good, l also fully lined this dress.
Used up some of my 3.5 inch scrap squares, always looking for ways to reduce my stock. The best thing about making your own clothes is that they are one of a kind....some of the fabrics used in this dress are scraps from previous dresses made for her, wonder if she will notice.
Only two more dresses to make by the end of next week.
Tuesday, November 11, 2014
Made this dress for my little niece Grace. I think it looks very summery. Cut out a second one, will attempt to make it up on Friday night. Pattern was purchased at the Quilting Angel last week.
Pattern is a Kookaburra Design.
Monday, November 10, 2014
My DH jokingly said to the driver upon hopping on the bus do we get a map, then said no need you know where we are going. hahaha!
Off we all went 30 people in the bus got a running commentary from the driver as we traveled along country roads, putting his interpretation of history. That's right he was changing the history books as we went. We arrived at out first stop Cape Kidnappers all hoped off for a toilet stop half hour into our trip. Upon getting back on the bus he counted every one and said, lets get going. My hubby called out that two people were not on yet. Just as well he had taken note that the people opposite had not yet returned. With everyone now back on we continued our tour.
We drove into Hastings for city tour for yet another toilet stop. We went to the strawberry farm. ( No Strawberries to taste). Drove straight past Arataki Honey. (No Honey tasting). Silky Oaks Chocolate Factory. ( No Tasting). Drove straight passed Mission Estate (Photo Stop).
We arrived back an hour plus late had no time to look around town and get back to the ship before departing. Tour took over 4 hours.
We were not happy so we went to cancel the next days tour which we had per paid for the following day in Wellington. After lengthy discussions we received a full refund for both tours. Our bus driver had taken us on the wrong tour.
Saturday, November 8, 2014
Thank you for the company last night really enjoyed catching up on all the gos. Catch you next time round. Don't forget to send me that recipe. lol.
Friday, November 7, 2014
Where we sat and sent emails home to the family. We had come across some crew members who told us where we could get free wifi signals. Sitting on the beach watching the waves roll in we were again ready we thought to climb Hopukiore (Mt Drury) and visit Moturiki (Leisure Island) the blow hole.
Tauranga such a pretty place.
We arrived in Auckland our first port of call and decided to do our own thing at each port. We did the Hop On Hop Off Bus Tour of the city a great way to see most places of interest.
First stop was Takaparawhau (Bastion Point) where we found the memorial to a family member on my mothers branch of the family tree. Michael Joseph Savage, the first Australian Labor Prime minster of New Zealand.
Apparently a well liked member of parliament. Did not serve long due to ill health.
Did you know the Sky Tower:
Took two years, nine months to build and cost NZ $85 million to construct.
Weighs 21 million kilograms.
Has 1,267 stairs leading from base of the sky tower to sky deck.
Full day of actives were enjoyed.