Friday, April 25, 2014

Remembrance; Out and about; Crafts in the barn

Lest we forget
 image courtesy of Google images

A Tribute to ANZAC Day
With their hair a little whiter, their step not quite so sure
Still they march on proudly as they did the year before.
Theirs were the hands that saved us, their courage showed the way
Their lives they laid down for us, that we may live today.

From Gallipoli's rugged hillsides, to the sands of Alamein
On rolling seas and in the skies, those memories will remain.
Of airmen and the sailors, of Lone Pine and Suvla Bay
The boys of the Dardenelles are remembered on this day.

They fought their way through jungles, their blood soaked desert sands
They still remember comrades who rest in foreign lands.
They remember the siege of old Tobruk, the mud of the Kokoda Trail
Some paying the supreme sacrifice with courage that did not fail.
To the icy land of Korea, the steamy jungles of Vietnam
And the heroic battle of Kapyong and that epic victory at Long Tan.

Fathers, sons and brothers, together they fought and died
That we may live in peace together, while at home their mothers cried.
When that final bugle calls them to cross that great divide
Those comrades will be waiting when they reach the other side.

Ken Bunker

Out and about
On Wednesday Joe had to meet someone in Taupo, luckily it was a nice day so I went along too for the ride. We stopped in Tirau for brunch at alley cats cafe.

Tourist information centre
 Shop selling NZ made wool etc items

The shepherd was getting a makeover

After filling the car with petrol we were on our way, when we arrived in Taupo it was a bit overcast but not enough to spoil the day. Here are some of the photos I took.

Mt Ruapehu just hidden in the clouds

Ah here comes coffee...

 Autumn colours

 Even the litter bins are pretty!

Ruapehu peeks out from behind the clouds, it seems strange without the snow on top.

We pass this rocky hill on the way home, it always reminds me of the peak in Close Encounters of the Third Kind, the one Richard Dreyfuss makes out of mashed potatoes! 


In the barn this week
Before I started anything this week I had a tidy up and gave the barn a good sweep, first though the new lights went up, Joe bought them for me last week and he hung them up yesterday. They make such a difference in the barn, it means we can probably get a few more weeks in there before it gets too cold. Now we can close the big barn door and we'll be able to see what we're doing. The cables need tying up but that can be done when he has more time.

Looking in from the barn door
Standing at the far end looking back at the barn door
 Standing in the bar, no I didn't pour a drink!! There are still reminders of good times had in the barn and I like that, hopefully if the weather holds out we'll have our 10 years in NZ party in there soon.

What's new?
A lap quilt for Joe to keep his kneesies warm!
I've had pieces cut out from ages ago so I'm using those.

The stashbuster quilt is pinned and ready for quilting, I managed a row today.

UFO now a FO
Crocheted bag based upon Lucy's at Attic 24
 Four different coloured flowers to decorate
and button centres
I lined it using a vintage pillow slip

Currently on my hook
 Learning a new stitch from Simply Crochet magazine,  called Shell blanket by Nikki Trench
 Using this yarn
 I've got a bit of it!! I'll just keep going until I run out.

I think that might be enough for today, it turned out to be a big post in the end sorry.

That's me, see you next time ♥


  1. I think you may way have to coach me on crocheting a bag, that one is gorgeous!! Pretty sure I have a draw full of wool somewhere!!

  2. So much to see! I love the shots of Taupo. Your barn looks like a real creative nest! Happy quilting!

    1. And to think just over a year ago it was just a barn stuffed full of hay and farming stuff! :D

  3. Every time I visit here I leave exhausted lol. You have certainly been busy of late. Love the photos of Taupo such a lovelley place, we would love to visit NZ one day. Most of all of thought the poem at the begining summed up ANZAC day perfectly.

    1. Oh you should do that definately it's not that far for you to come :D

  4. Your barn is just an amazing place! you can make stuff and party! love the crochet bag and your quilting too, you have such energy you know, you don't stop - love the pic of you too, you gorgeous woman x x x

    1. I love my barn xx Oh you say the nicest things ♥ :D

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  6. How lucky of you to have a whole barn to get crafty in … I'm totally jealous :0)

  7. Looks like you didn't get my comment I left Sue... I was telling you about sparrows, ear muffs and how cool your man quilt and crochet bag are. xx

    ps mushroom soup looks great, as does your baking.

    1. I've got this one :D I looked to see if I had missed any other comments from you, but none to be found. I've found Blogger is acting up a bit lately too.

  8. don't think blogger is working at moment

  9. Hi,

    I work for Oxford University Press and we are interested in using one of the images from this blog in an upcoming book. Do you own the rights to all the images you show here? Would you mind contacting me on




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