It’s only been a few days, but it’s certainly great to be back home again. To sleep in our own bed, have more room to move around instead of just a caravan sized dwelling, and to be able to have my own washing machine again without sharing! And as I said in the comment section of my last blog post – thanks for all for the comments and good wishes, and I’m pleased that so many of you came along for the ride with us on our trip. The South Island of New Zealand has stunning scenery, and of course, we who reside here are well aware of what a beautiful country we live in. And it’s always good to catch a glimpse of Kapiti Island on the drive up the coast on the way back home.
Kapiti Island in the distance
After all that hot summer weather we have been enjoying, the clock has now ticked around to Autumn. So down came my Christmas quilt which has been hanging up in the lounge since December – to be replaced with my Autumn toned Baskets of Blessings wall-hanging. To be honest though, we don’t see a whole autumn colour here in New Zealand. Our native trees are evergreens, and it is the “exotics” (from the Northern Hemisphere) planted in home gardens and parks which change colour and drop their leaves.
Baskets of Blessings
So what else have I been doing this week? Some secret sewing, that’s what. Although, as a secret, I can’t really show much until it is gifted in a couple of weeks. We arrived home to find an unexpected Big Birthday invitation so my mind went into overdrive thinking about a gift. Here is a tiny sneak peek.
Secret sewing has been happening
I’ve been playing around with my New Zealand themed fabric holiday memory patches and have them all laid out on the floor in my sewing room. As “something I prepared earlier”, I took a whole lot of these away, and each evening I would mark where we were staying, and places we had visited. Not sure if it will become a wall-hanging or maybe a table cloth yet, but it’s always fun to look back and reminisce.
And lastly, I’ve done a tiny bit more hand quilting on my “Winter Quilt Festival” panel, stitching around the snow people.
And a little hand quilting
So that's been my week so far. Dare I say that we are off on another caravan trip on Friday – just a short weekend away with our caravan club buddies. And….. we have to sneak away from the rally weekend for several hours to attend a Family Reunion! So it’s all go, again.