Christmas is over – it’s all packed away till next year. Robin’s been up the ladder again taking down the strings of outdoor lights, with me steadying the ladder, just in case. As we get older we are not so nimble, are we. I’ve taken care of indoors, the various decorations are now safety packed away in their crates, (farewell till next year, my precious Jim Shore ornaments) and the Christmas quilts have come down too.
I’ve put three quilts up in the sitting room, and I seem to have a theme going - they all feature New Zealand native birds. These aren’t new, so you may well have seen them before. Hanging over the sofa is “My New Zealand Bird Quilt”, although it also features a tuatara, an ancient species from the dinosaur age. (Do click on the link and read all about these interesting native animals). This was hand appliqued and hand quilted and was completed in 2003.
My New Zealand Bird quilt
Hanging by our computer desk is a a bird from the same pattern, a Kea (NZ alpine parrot) made for my son for his 37th birthday. As a youngster Michael was very interested in native birds. Unfortunately when he moved house some years later he didn’t want his wall-hanging any more, so I made sure it came home to me.
Kea – Nestor Notabilis
There are even more native birds on the wall by the entranceway. “New Zealand Native Birds” was machine appliqued and quilted, and completed in 2017.
New Zealand Native Birds
It was while we were on a trip to USA some years ago that we were impressed by how patriotic everyone seemed. We were staying with my pen friend in Juneau, Alaska, and she had several amazing local photos displayed on her walls. As we traveled around we noticed there were flags flying everywhere, and we commented that we didn’t seem to do that back home. Robin purchased a flag pole several years ago and flies the New Zealand flag, and it seems that more people are doing this these days. We certainly should be proud of our respective countries, I feel.