Trying to fit in some stitching while away on a road trip doesn’t always work. What with traveling around and checking out the sights, I don’t always have too much spare time. But with a little diligence, sitting and stitching an hour here and an hour there, I’m coming along with my block. It’s not finished yet but certainly coming along. I’m stitching Puriri Wreath, one of nine New Zealand tree and flower blocks designed by Jenny Hunter. There are the berries and flowers to stitch yet. Although these patterns are designed for applique, I’m doing my blocks as stitcheries.
Puriri Wreath block
So where have we been traveling to lately? We’ve been down to Bluff in the deep south and posed for our photo at the famous sign post. It was so busy that we had to wait our turn while all the others took photos.
At the famous signpost in Bluff
Back down on the coast road we found a sculpture paying homage to the Bluff oyster. Harvested since the 1860s, the oyster has long been a Bluff icon, providing industry and employment for the area. Sadly we won’t be around for the next Bluff Oyster Festival which takes part next year at the end of May – there is nothing nicer than deep fried battered oysters and chips!
Bluff Oysters are famous!!
While driving around Roxburgh, famous for apricot orchards, we came across some amazing stone ruins. What could it be, we wondered? It was such a massive size, and if we were in England we could almost blame Henry VIII for it’s ruin. Mr Google told us that the Teviot Woolshed was erected in 1870 and was once the largest woolshed in the southern hemisphere. Measuring 137m by 47.3m it could hold more than 8,000 sheep. A fire in 1924 destroyed much of the shed, with just the stone walls with rounded façade and arched windows remaining today. It was an amazing sight to come across in the middle of the country.
Stone ruins of an old wool shed
Robin is very keen on power stations and dams, and there are several in the area we are traveling through. We have visited each and every one we have come across, and her was thrilled when we were able to drive the car across the top of the Roxburgh Dam. I hopped out of the car part way across and took his photo!
We have been lucky with our weather on holiday. While parts of the North Island have had terrible storms over the last day or so, down here in the South Island it has been mostly fine, sunny and warm.