We have been away in the caravan this weekend, a nice restful couple of days and I had time to enjoy a little stitching time outside under the awning. I’m coming along quite well on this block, stitching fuchsias around the circlet of leaves.
Working on my fuchsia block
Gemma came away with us too, she is quite at home in the caravan and likes to find a nice spot to lie down and keep an eye on us. Right by the door, this time. She is certainly getting bigger now.
Gemma likes caravanning too
We were staying the weekend at a small rural school, just 32km up the road. And what’s this we spotted? It was the Tooth Booth, a caravan fitted out as a travelling dental clinic. In my school days, most primary schools had a dental clinic building on site. I certainly remember those foot operated dental drills which seem to take forever as we sat there in fear! When one of our class mates was called over to the clinic, they came back clutching the name of the next pupil to go to the “Murder House”. We all hoped it wasn’t our name on that piece of paper.
The Tooth Booth
On Saturday evening we went out for a meal at the local establishment, a fairly casual place which was doing a roaring trade. There was a group of bikers outside and as one was leaving we saw him lift a small dog up onto the bike. Off I went with my camera for a closer look. And there was four year old Millie, happily settled into her seat on the bike. She has been riding around since she was a little pup of four months, the owner told me.
Millie goes motor bike riding
The weekend was tinged with sadness as the news unfolded about a terrible tragedy in Christchurch, in the South Island. Shooters had been on a rampage in two mosques in Christchurch, schools and businesses were in lockdown, and 50 people were confirmed dead. Christchurch Hospital was also in lockdown, treating another 50 with gunshot wounds, with others going to other health facilities around the city. Patients ranged from young children to adults, with minor to critical injuries.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern called the shootings a terrorist attack. "It is clear that this is one of New Zealand's darkest days," she said. "This is an extraordinary and unprecedented act of violence." We always considered our country very safe and peaceful, and this is the first such incident which New Zealand has suffered. What a sad way to start the weekend, and our hearts go out to the victims and their families.