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Saturday, February 16, 2013

Scatterday - T

Brought to you by  the letter “T”, and the categories are:  Tasty, Tiny, Terrifying, and Threads.

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.

DSCF4397Tasty fresh tomatoes on the vine

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!

DSCF4405 Tiger eating tiny treats

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. 
Picture of a tsunami flooding a road after the Japan earthquake


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. 

DSCF6530Not tidy at all
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”.

DSCF6531Robin practising his 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.
.DSCF6532Is this tidier?


jacaranda said...

Very clever T's. Love the photo of your DH holding your threads.

Sue said...

How do you pull the threads from the plait? It's a great idea. Home grown tomatoes are the tastiest.

Vireya said...

I'm in tasty agreement with you!

Interesting idea with the threads. It's fascinating that you can pull just one thread out. Definitely much tidier plaited!

cinzia said...

Tasty tomatoes - my husband and I were just recently lamenting the fact that you can't buy decent tasting tomatoes any more. Our garden overflows with cherry tomatoes, but sometimes I really want a BIG juicy tomato :(
Totally agree tsunamis are not something I ever want to experience.

cinzia said...

Real BIG tomatoes... my husband and I were just talking about this a few days ago and the fact that supermarket tomatoes are all look and no substance. Oh what I would give for a REAL tasty BIG tomato

Allison said...

Love reading your blog, and catching up Jenny. Today I have a table topper to finish and then I'm making a curtain for the van.

aubirdwoman said...

great t's. I think its the fact that we dont use horse droppings on the tomatoes. I used tomatoes too and explained in my post. lol.

Pauline said...

Tidier....definitely but what patience. Your tomatoes are beautiful. Please tell your husband that he does wonderful holding!

Joy V said...

Love your 'holder of the threads' - can he help with basting a quilt as well? Good subjects for your letter T.

Anonymous said...

Jenny, I'm with you on the Tomato front. Terrifying picture of the Tsunami.

Ozjane said...

great group of T's. I bought in one tomato yesterday..it has not been a good year for them here.
I remember Dad holding wool for Mum when it came in skeins and had to be rolled into balls......he eventually made her a gadget!!

Liz Needle said...

Love your post. You make the task so interesting to read. Thank you.

Razzle Dazzle Quilter said...

I've never seen thread done that way. So you can just pull out one strand?wonder how it will be when you get to the last few strands?
For those wanting big tasty tomatoes - grow a beef steak tomato plant. Put a tablespoon of milk powder and a teaspoon of Epsom salt in the hole when you plant. You will get yumoh tasty - like they used to be tomatoes. One slice makes a sandwich.