I was busy doing quite a different type of mending today – stitching up a New Zealand flag. Robin likes to fly the flag at home, and as the previous flag was getting rather worn, started off the new year with a brand new flag on the flagpole. But after just a week or so of flapping in the wind, the stitching was coming adrift. Perhaps, I thought, it might be a good idea to re-stitch all around the outside of the flag.
It’s just as well I did the mending on the flag, as it wasn’t very well sewn at all. The double folded hem was just a single fold in some places. Mind you, this nylon flag was not expensive at all, so I guess we got what we paid for. But the extra rows of stitching I did will hopefully extend its life a little. The flag certainly has a hard life, flapping in the wind day after day.
Flying the flag
The New Zealand Flag is the symbol of the realm, government and people of New Zealand. Its royal blue background represents of the blue sea and clear sky surrounding us. The stars of the Southern Cross emphasise this country's location in the South Pacific Ocean. The Union Jack in the first quarter recognises New Zealand's historical origins as a British colony and dominion.