I’m pleased that another of my stitchery blocks has been completed, I’ve been stitching away on my Chatham Island Forget-me-knot block. Designed by Jenny Hunter, this is block seven of nine New Zealand botanical blocks, and is my “slow stitching” project.
The threatened Chatham Island forget-me-not grows naturally on the Chatham Islands - on coastal cliffs, rock outcrops and sandy and rocky beaches. Grazing, trampling and rooting by domestic and feral animals and weed encroachment, especially by marram grass, are major threats to this species in it’s natural habitat. This large showy plant is also available to home gardeners, and is widely grown in nurseries and gardens throughout New Zealand and overseas.
Photo from Te Ara NZ
I unrolled my block roll to put the newly finished block away with the others and have a count up. Gemma must approve of my stitched blocks, as she has settled down on top of them for a snooze! So I can't disturb her, can I?
The snooze of approval
We have another native bird to join our ever growing collection. This beautiful metal and glass piece of yard art was a Christmas gift from grand-daughter Megan, and is now lives happily outside under the eaves.
The kokako make up two species of endangered wattlebirds which are endemic to New Zealand, the North Island kokako and the presumably extinct South Island kokako. They are both slate-grey with wattles and have black masks. We have only ever seen these beautiful birds in bird sanctuaries.