Monday, 26 April 2010

New Zealand Break

The birthday celebrations are done, so now it's time for recovery!

The MOTH booked a unit by the inlet at Paihia in the Bay of Islands, New Zealand, for this short working week between two long weekends in Brisbane, so we're playing golf in the mornings (albeit badly since we haven't played it since we were here last year), haunting the few coffee shops & restaurants that are open in the off season at lunch times & evenings, and spending the afternoon stitching. What a life!

Last year's project for the same trip was Lettres à mon Chat by Isabelle Vautier.

This year, I've taken along Dog Tower, an item from the 2010 Margaret Sherry Collection. The two pieces are not exactly a matching set, but they work well for the natures of my four legged beasties and the walls in my house.

Cute, huh?

I've also got some fiction in translation to read: The Library of Shadows by Mikkel Birkegaard. It's his first novel. I've had a sneak peek, and it seems to be quite a fun read.

Happiness & laughter to one and all. I'll fill you in on holiday details when I get back!


Friday, 23 April 2010



Now I lay me down to sleep,
I pray the Lord my shape to keep.
Please no wrinkles, please no bags
and lift my butt before it sags...

A little divine intervention never hurts!

It's St George's Day and my 50th birthday. It's a day worth celebrating!

The MOTH, my ex husband (I'll have to find him a nick-name, sometime), the Royal Family & I are going out to dinner, tonight. On Saturday (tomorrow), The MOTH & I are having lunch with his parents & a couple of school friends I've known since the 1970s, and then we are having a Mad Tea Party at home at 3pm with my siblings & their families & other friends. It's going to be a hoot!

Thanks to everyone who sent cards, letters, gifts or emails. In the next little while, I will reply to you all on an individual basis.

Happiness & laughter to one and all,


Tuesday, 20 April 2010

Time Out - Update No. 9

All that is needed is just a little backstitch.

Thought for Today

Women are Angels.
When someone breaks our wings,
We simply continue to fly
...On a broomstick.
We're flexible like that!

Sunday, 18 April 2010

Time Out - Update No. 8

There's not a lot of stitching going on at Castle Bliss at the moment
because we've been doing skylights and roof repairs, but
stitch by stitch, the project is getting there!

This is where it was at a month ago:

Time Out

This is today:

Saturday, 3 April 2010

I want a photo of you in honour of your birthday, Harry

You want what, Mama?

Do I HAVE to?

"This is how you do it, Harry," said Lucy.

How about this for a pose, Mama?

"Get on with it, Dipstick!" hissed Gypsy.

OK, OK ... let me sit down and pose properly...

Hello world. I'm two today!