A four day weekend away with caravan club friends – what could be nicer? To be truthful the weather could have been much nicer, but then, the season has just clicked over to Winter on 1st June. After a long and very mild Autumn, Winter has arrived with a vengeance. Winds strong enough to buffet the caravan, torrential rain, and low temperatures. Thank goodness for fluffy winter sheets on the bed, and warm socks and slipper to keep our toes warm inside! My quilting bag was packed, so I’ve been tucked up inside doing a little hand quilting today.
My Pumpkin Bag, made long ago
I’m working on my New Zealand Botanical quilt – perhaps I’ll find a nicer name for it sooner or later. During the week at home I finished quilting the first block of nine, pohutukawa flowers. This tree is also known as the New Zealand Christmas tree, as it flowers over Christmas, in our Summer.
Quilting block number two in the caravan
Of course, Gemma came away with us as well. She is quite at home in the caravan, and spent some time yesterday watching the rain drops run down the front window. Otherwise she likes to curl up somewhere for a snooze. On the bed with the sun streaming in the window suits her admirably. Looks like the rain has finally gone away, although those strong cold winds are still hanging around.
Snoozing in the sun shine
We are currently staying at the Manawatu Caravan Club grounds, which have many static caravans and their club members often come out for weekends. We have got to know Pam whose unit is not far from where our caravan club vans are. Pam is an ex- breeder of Birman cats, and a Show Official at cat shows. She knew we had previously lost our elderly cat Muffy, so I popped over to ask if she would like to come and meet our new baby.
Pam with Gemma
Gemma couldn’t get enough of cuddling up with Pam, who told us she “had a good shaped head”, for show purposes, so that is nice to know. As Gemma is maturing she is developing “golden hues” on her back, which is also a desirable feature of the breed, Pam remarked. Not that we are going to show her, Gemma was purchased as a pet, and she is a real delight.
In between the showers we took a quick trip down to Foxton Beach, which is only a stone’s throw from the camp. There were a few hardy souls out for a brisk beach walk, with the wind surely blowing any cobwebs away.
Let's hope those strong winds abate before we tow the caravan home tomorrow. Monday is a public holiday here, Queen's Birthday, so the roads may well be rather busy. Luckily it is a reasonably short trip to get back home.