Tasty: Tomatoes. What can be more tasty than lovely red tomatoes growing on the vine, and they have that lovely fresh tomatoe smell. I found these growing in our hosts garden.
Tiny: Temptation Cat Treats for Tiger. Tiger is one of the two resident cats belonging to our hosts Geoff and Eileen. The ritual each day is to feed the cats a few tiny Temptation treats each day. Tiger had eaten her allocation and decided that there were plenty left in the packet!
Terrifying: Tsunami. Living as we do in the island nation of New Zealand, the thoughts of a huge tsunami is truly terrifying. The Boxing Day tsunami of 2004 lead to the deaths of over 230,000 people in fourteen countries, with waves up to 30 meters (98 ft) high. It was one of the deadliest natural disasters in recorded history. Then in March 2011 an earthquake off the coast of Japan triggered powerful tsunami waves that reached heights of up to 40.5 metres (133 ft) in Miyako, and travelled up to 10km inland in some areas. Adding to Japan’s problems were the meltdowns in the nuclear power plant.
Threads: I like to do stitcheries using the thicker Perle No 5 threads – those stranded cottons are not for me and big big fat fingers. My thread collection used to look like this, all jumbled up and rather messy.
Liz from the Stonestead Stitchers suggested that I plait the threads to keep them tidier. Once home, “Robin”, I asked, “will you help me with some plaiting?” “Plaiting? I can’t do plaiting”, he said. “I just want you to hold these for me”, I reassured him. “Okay then,” he said with a sigh of relief, “I can do holding”.
So with his help, we sat there for half an hour, bringing order to the chaos. He was holding, and I was plaiting. I reminisced how I used to plait my daughter’s long blond hair when she was a little girl. Finally the last colour was done. Now I won’t feel ashamed next time I get my threads out in company! And it is definitely easier to pull one thread out at a time. Thanks for your tip, Liz.