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Welcome – Kia Ora

Aren’t these gingham Kiwi adorable!?  My latest stitching finish, the pattern is designed by Jenny of Home-Stitch-Ness.

two-kiwibirds

I love her designs, and this one brings back memories of our visit to New Zealand a couple of years ago.

When I think of New Zealand I think of bubbling mud and steam vents that give the feeling that you are travelling atop an active volcano. I think of tropical vegetation, and steep green hills dotted with cows and sheep.  I think of tidy front yards, with an orange tree, a lemon tree and … a grazing cow. I think of a narrow, winding, sea-side road with huge mirrors on the corners, and telephone poles planted out in the tide. I think of yummy pumpkin soup, and the scarcity of brewed coffee.

These little Kiwi birds bring those memories and more.

The raspberry-gingham Kiwi is  now in the entrance-way, warmly welcoming guests – Kia Ora!

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After the Fire

Mother Nature regenerating herself after the wildfire that was nearby this year. The hills and clearings are purple with fireweed and the deer are finding tasty nibbles among the new green growth.

Deer in burned forest
Deer in burned forest
Field of Fireweed
Field of Fireweed

Wildfire

For the past few weeks we’ve been under evacuation alert because of a forest fire, now finally contained, that was burning out of control and way too close to our home. I had to pack up and be ready to go at a moment’s notice. The truck was hooked to our trailer, and loaded with crates for our five dogs, and a freezer full of food – mostly for the dogs, as they are fed raw. 🙂 Our horses were moved to a friend’s property for safety.

Smoke over the farm
Smoke over the farm
Little Bobtail Fire up close
Little Bobtail Fire up close – photo taken about 10 kms from home

Unable to take everything, I had the very emotional task of choosing the most important things to pack. So many times I would find myself with my hands full of things that I knew I could not take, and would have to put them down and pack only the most precious items. Difficult choices, and I am so happy to be able to unpack now that the fire is under control. And yes, of course my stitching supplies were among the first things that I packed!

Packed to evacuate
Packed to evacuate

We were lucky and most days the smoke was not too bad, but some days the thick black and orange smoke overhead, raining down crispy, partially burned pine needles was very unnerving.

Smokey Sky
Smokey Sky
Smokey pasture
Smokey pasture

We’ve had some wild thunderstorms and the rain has helped the firefighters gain control of the fire. The storms brought hail too; some piles took a couple of days to melt and the Corgis thought that was a most awesome way to cool off after a walk.

Finnegan on a pile of hail
Finnegan on a pile of hail
Corgi on Ice
Corgi on Ice

Very little stitching has been accomplished lately. I’ve been working on a the first block of Shannon Wasilieff’s Fantasy Stitch-Along. I am slowly adding the many, many beads to my princess in this lovely design.

Fantasy SAL
Fantasy SAL

I’ve not made any progress on my own designs, as my computer with my design software was packed away and has not yet been unpacked. I am working on a cute little scuba diver in blackwork, and hope to be able to show you some progress on that design soon!

 

Snow Diamonds and Moose Beds

We had an absolutely gorgeous day, so the dogs and I headed out to enjoy it.

Old fence
Old fence

The snow had melted and then frozen again, creating ice crystals that are so sparkly in the sunshine, they look like snow diamonds.

Shadows and Snow Diamonds
Shadows and Snow Diamonds

The dogs, especially the short little Corgis who struggle in any amount of snow, were so happy to discover they could walk on top of the crusty snow.

Corgis on the snow
Corgis on the snow

We found moose tracks, and investigated the trail.

Moose tracks
Moose tracks
Moose Trail
Moose Trail

The trail led to a moose bed. The moose was long gone, but he left a few moose-beans behind.

Tazzy in a moose bed
Tazzy in a moose bed

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