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Sunday, November 19, 2017

Stitching in the Country

With our caravan hitched up behind us, we traveled away for a weekend in the country.  And I was pleased to find a little stitching time too.  I was sheltered from the hot Wairarapa sunshine, nice and shaded under our awning.  I didn’t do a great deal of stitching, but every little bit helps, doesn’t it?


We had a lovely weekend away with our caravan club friends, camped by a pretty little duck pond.  The pond residents got up to all sorts of ducky antics to keep us amused, quacking loudly when annoyed by their neighbours, then swimming serenely in the pond.

The resident ducks

There were horse events going on at the adjacent grounds – before they compete, they walk the horses around the course to get warmed up and orientate themselves.  We had the use of a meeting room overlooking these grounds, so had a good view from one floor up.

Checking the course

On Saturday we went out to a cafe for afternoon tea, and the owner also had a gorgeous Christmas Shop, chock full of all sorts of beautiful items.  I love Christmas, and although I was tempted by several lovely things, walked away empty handed.  Sometimes there is just too much choice, and I can’t decide!

A corner of the Christmas shop

As the weekend progressed, the weather changed and by the time we packed up and started the journey home, up and over the hills, it looked like this.

Misty rain on our journey home.

It was a lovely weekend away, and after our two hour journey, we arrived home to sunshine again.  The caravan was unpacked, a load of washing put on, and we can finally relax with our feet up, before we have to ponder the big question – what's for dinner tonight?


Michelle Ridgway said...

Lovely weekend away.....gorgeous Christmas shop....not sure if I would have gotten out with my purse in tact lol!

Nancy J said...

Lovely to have a view of the horses, and did you also have that cold start to our Sunday? Freezing wind here. Lovely to have some hand stitching, it all adds up to a finish.

The Cozy Quilter said...

Looks like a nice place to sit and stitch--I might be a bit distracted by the scenery to get much stitching done!

Julierose said...

What a relaxing weekend for you; caravaning sounds fun...hugs, Julierose

Maria said...

Good to sit and stic h even it's a little..
Lovely spot for a few days relaxing.

Tired Teacher said...

Shops that have merchandise tucked everywhere can be overwhelming, but the Christmas shop is pretty with all the sparkling fare.

You look quite comfortable stitching outside of your caravan. Were you working on the embroidered bird blocks?

Quilter Kathy said...

A lovely picture of you with your hand stitching!
Sounds like a wonderful time away!

Jenny said...

It was a lovely weekend away with our caravan friends, lots to see and do, and it's always great to find a little quiet stitching time too.
There was one mother duck with a tiny duckling, so pretty and fluffy and not very old at all, we thought. With only one baby left out of her brood, we all checked each morning to make sure the remaining one had survived the night!

CathieJ said...

What a pretty place to stop and stay. That Christmas shop really was full of items. I love Christmas shops but I have way too many decorations to add any more.

Alcea Rosea 31 said...

Sounds like a perfect weekend, I love Christmas shops and Christmas.