Thursday, October 08, 2015

Friends reunion...

Bertha ( my Innova) and I got back together again today. I'm pleased to report we had a nice playtime together.  After a seperation of three and a half months it was comforting to find the magic hasn't disappeared. 

Thanks for popping by


Tuesday, October 06, 2015

Sweet Peas Reunion

Last week we meet up with our Sweet Pea friends for the first time since we've been back.

Margaret has completed her Moda Modern Building Blocks. This was the project that was to take us a year or perhaps two to complete. She finished hers in about three months! Rather than solids she went for bright on bright Kaffe fabric. It's such a big quilt it was difficult to photograph but I think you'll get the vibe. It looks like bright stained glass. 

Margaret was delighted to receive one of Maxie's hug rugs. Maxie is so good at selecting just the right colours. 

We were joined by a troop of foxes. They had their own little chat group going:
These colouful creatures belong to Debbie and Margaret.
By the way did you know the group names for foxes are Leash, Skulk, Earth, Lead and Troop? 

And what would a Sweet Pea meeting be without a bit of cat love? Hershey smooching around Rochelle. 

Thanks for popping by


Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Charmed I'm sure

As promised the only souvenirs I brought home from my travels were Pandora charms. I didn't get off to a good start with this plan as I left my bracelet at home! I thought about having my bracelet sent onto me, then I thought I'd buy a neck chain and pop charms on there until I got home, but a visit to a Pandora shop saw me buying a new bangle. I'm very glad I did that as my charms fit nicely on it. I now think it's nice to have my travel charms together. 

So let me share my new charms. 

First up an apple for Washington State, the Apple state.
A maple leaf for Canada
Gifted to me by family for a certain Birthday when I was in Venice...

A postcard from Paris
A Gondola
A Double Decker bus from London

Then added by me ......
A Crown to remind me of Queenie
A martini glass - long story but let's just say if your nav man says Lullingstone Castle and has wee cocktail glass symbol beside it you may not necessarily be heading towards a castle!
A tiny cottage to remind me of all the darling sweet cottages I saw in England

Last but not least a family love charm from the English branch of my family. 

I'm so pleased I did this. Very easy to bring home and I have happy memories right at hand. 


Tuesday, September 22, 2015

and so we said Goodbye to……


……..This Scepter'd Isle

This royal throne of kings, this scepter'd isle,

This earth of majesty, this seat of Mars,

This other Eden, demi-paradise,

This fortress built by Nature for herself

Against infection and the hand of war,

This happy breed of men, this little world,

This precious stone set in the silver sea,

Which serves it in the office of a wall,

Or as a moat defensive to a house,

Against the envy of less happier lands,

This blessed plot, this earth, this realm, this England

From Richard II, Act 2 (Shakespeare)

We arrived back in New Zealand on Saturday. We had the best of times, puttering around England at our own pace. Stopping where and when we wanted to. So many happy memories. Our home and cats have been looked after marvellously by our House sitters.

As much as we enjoyed our travels it is nice to be back in Taupo,Godzone.

Go the All Blacks!




Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Feast your eyes on these pictures....

We feel very privileged to have spent time in the Staffordshire village Eccleshall. My sister-in-law Ruth moved out of her adorable bungalow so we could stay there. 

We fell in love with Eccleshall. The High Street had lots of tiny wee shops (and pubs) at one end and residential housing at the other. The townspeople take great pride in making the High Street look attractive with lots of hanging baskets and lots of bright bedding plants. I won't rattle on I'll let the pictures do the talking. 

You can read more about the village here:

We love this place and hope to return again to visit. 


A place I haven't mentioned is....

Hartington. When I was here 26 years ago a trip to Hartington was a regular outing. Besides the charming setting of the village there is a superb cheese shop. All those years ago the cheese was made right there, with Hartington Stilton being the big favourite. Sadly this is no longer so, the factory was bought out by a competitor and the cheeses come from elsewhere. Never mind they still have a lovely selection of cheeses. Enough to tempt us to take some home. 

One of Hartington's claims to fame is "a picturesque duck pond".
They look out for their ducks in Hartington 
We popped into the tiny Post Office Tea shop. 

Yes the Post office is still there, a small cupboard like area in the middle of the tea room.

It turns out they are a pretty royal loyal crowd in Hartington, flag and buntings on the Post Office and look:

The stone houses have a special look that I love. 

If you are ever in The Peak District go and visit.


Sunday, September 13, 2015

The Brits excel at the clever play on words....

Most notably in naming of hairdressing salons. 
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There were so many more, I wish I had taken more photos. 

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