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thinking time


So anyway, my Dad passed away last Thursday.  He had just turned 88 and after a couple of bouts of pneumonia, the doctors discovered lung cancer.  He was admitted to hospital and within a couple of days he was gone, it turned out his left lung was completely collapsed, his liver and kidney’s were slowing down. 

But what really happened though was Dad decided it was time to go and be with Mum, his wife of 60 years.  I was privileged to be with Dad for his last day here, holding his hand and  watch him lie in peace for the last few hours of his life, and finally witness the two rattly breaths just as he departed.   

You did your best Dad, and it was pretty good.  Thanks for everything.

Love you and give my love to Mum.

So to my most loyal handful of readers, I will be back to blogging in a week or so, as soon as my thoughts are collected.




ooh there is a definite chill in the air now, the winter woollies are showing up more frequently.  The socks I’m wearing are the first pair I ever knitted, they are too big, semi felted and have holes… I made these about 5 or 6 years ago before I knew about socks, I used rowan tweed – I think – at a very loose tension and before I knew about negative ease.  The colour is gorgeous though a cheerful chartreuse that makes me so happy to look at!


I loved my little day trip in Christchurch a couple of weeks ago, I just wish I had more time there.  The tram ride around the central city was so much fun.


great staff


great friends



lovely sights





and so sweet, honeymooners.  (we could tell by the henna on her hands)

so there you have it, my day in Christchurch!

Alittle bit late, but better late than never



dscf0328This photo was supposed to have had a shallow depth of field, according to my aperture and speed settings.  Obviously something went wrong, of course I blame the camera!  It’s a fujipix something or other and there are manual setting for aperture and speed but it obviously doesn’t give the same control as an SLR.


Now this photo’s depth of field was nice and shallow, but i had to use the macro setting to get the effect. Obviously not a suitable solution for many situations.

My other main frustration with this camera is the time lapse between being able to take sequential photos, there is a delay of about 4 seconds at least between shots.  Again fine if you are just wanting to take snapshots of people standing still, but sucks for anything action based like below



These shots were consecutive and as you can see a lot of action was missed.  I was aiming for non blurry too, but I do like the end result of these showing all the movement and action.

I could probably manage with the limitations of this camera, but my son is doing photography this year and I only just found out that this term will be digital.  I was hoping the fujipix would work, but after this playing around, I’m afraid I’m going to have to stump up for an SLR.

So I’ve been doing my research and because I have previously had Canon EOS’s back when I dabbled in film photography, I will probably go for an EOS 1000D.   A good solid entry level SLR, which is all I think I need, and pretty much all I can afford.  Just need to sort out the money this week and see how I go.

Here ends my justification!

toodle pip!



dscf0344so these are all the outfits which made it to the finals of the creative fibre fashion parade – if you are wondering why the venue reminds you of high school art, it’s because it is in a high school art room…

These are a few of my favourites;


vintage inspired dress on right, nuno-felted merino silk fabric. v cute


what’s not to love about this, esp the hat !


I’m always a sucker for kids coats!


Lovely colour, simple design, looked good on catwalk and on static mannequin


totally impressed by handwoven shirt and jacket, hat a bit naff for my taste, awesome weaving and sewing.


this bridal outfit again looked good on catwalk and mannequin, this one two awards, first time entrant! and silk award


this looks a bit nana-ish on the static mannequin, but I loved it on the catwalk and just really liked the fabric

dscf03472ooh, how did that get in there twice!

things to ponder


So anyway, when I booked my hotel for Timaru I just let my google do the walking and found what looked to be a gorgeous renovated old style pub/hotel.  I got half right.  The old pub/hotel half.  It wasn’t bad and they are in the process of renovating, the rooms were clean, comfortable, safe and cheap, so really not bad at all.

But there was one thing which left me wondering…


a wall mounted bottle opener right next to the loo….


I guess those southern men need their creature comforts…