A wet weekend away in the caravan gave me some extra time to sit and stitch while keeping warm. And I’m pleased to say that I have now completed the first two stitchery blocks in my Christmas ABC project – A is for Angel and B is for Bear.
The patterns are from Alphabet Noel, by Rag Tag Stitching – designed by the very talented Australian designer, Michelle Ridgway. I love her designs and plan to eventually make a Christmas Quilt from my stitchery blocks. Obviously, this will be a long term project. I like to have some hand work to take away to stitching days with friends, and when we are travelling around the country towing our caravan behind us. So it is two blocks down, 24 more to go!
We only travelled a short distance in the weekend, about half an hour’s drive up to Foxton. Before the wind and rain came calling we had a little drive around the local area and were delighted to see some birdlife in a nearby stream . Such as this elegant White Faced Heron, quietly waiting at the water’s edge for some prey to swim past so that he could quickly gobble it up.
There was a brightly coloured Pukeko busily feeding on leaves and grasses, they also dig up and feed on small tubers with their strong red beak.
And what could be cuter than this pair, a Sparrow and a Blackbird sharing a bath together?