Sunday, June 17, 2018

... another start

I found another quilt pattern in the style of Blanket Bay and Aunt Bet's Quilt. This one is called Junction Road and is by Tied with a Ribbon. Below are the first three 'rounds'. I am now up to the final round, but after sewing and unpicking four times, quit for the day. 

I have made use of my favourite blue floral again. I found it in the fabric donation box at school and rescued it! This is the third quilt I have used it in and I still have a metre left. 

Back to quilting Blanket Bay now.

Sunday, June 10, 2018

... to the quilting stage

I decided today that I would actually pay someone to do the basting. All that crawling around on the floor. Once it was about half done, I dragged it to the dining table and continued there!

It's done now and the quilting has started. I am not going to start anything new until I finish this one. I might then move on to quilting one of the other 10 finished tops.

Pattern - Blanket Bay by Frankie and Ray with fabric off the shelf - some of it as old as 2011.

Monday, June 4, 2018

... some pinwheels

It’s been a long time with no quilting. Not sure why. It all seems like sooo much work. All that measuring and cutting. However, I thought I would give it another go this weekend. Made some pinwheels.

Monday, December 18, 2017

... to a workshop on Impressionist and Abstract Photography

Not my usual photographic cup of tea. However, it is good to learn new things.

The tour met in the city. There were only four of us plus the tutor. After an intro and some examplars, we hit the streets of downtown Auckland.

Apparently, impressionist and abstract photography is all about mood and atmosphere. I tend to photograph things that 'look nice' rather than think about mood or atmosphere and I am not sure I really kept mood and atmosphere in the front of my head when taking these pix. However, I like the look of them 😉


I think all of these were shot in tv-mode with slow shutter speeds. I liked not worrying about keeping the camera still - even more so, being encouraged to move the camera and/or lens while the shutter was open. Breaking 'rules' can be fun.

Not sure, this is a style I want to pursue. I would like to learn about multi-exposures though.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

... to downtown Oamaru

I awoke on the final day of the long long weekend to rain. So much rain, I called into The Warehouse to buy an umbrella!

I had 'saved' taking photos of Oamaru until the final day of my trip and given the pouring rain it was fairly deserted for the first couple of hours. 

I couldn't believe this massive church around the corner from the motel I stayed. It looks like it belongs in some big city overseas. St Patrick's Basilica is at the top end of Usk Street which runs all the way down to the sea. I imagine in the olden days people walked up the road to church from their houses on the railway line and harbour. I guess it also speaks to the wealth that used to be in Oamaru. According to google, the church was founded in 1894 and it took 25 years to complete!

I then drove the couple of kilometres into the historic precinct and walked around in the pouring rain where I randomly rain into a colleague and her husband while crossing the street. The rain made for nice colours and good reflections.

I would thoroughly recommend a visit to Oamaru. It's a great central place to base yourself for day trips and the history, I think, makes it unlike any other place in NZ. Now if only my school was there ...

Sunday, December 10, 2017

... to North Central Otago

Inspired by some IG photos of St Bathan's, on the third day of the long long weekend, I headed south from Oamaru to Palmerston and then inland to North Central Otago.

NZ's goldrush happened in the 1860s so there are a lot of historic buildings down that way. Central Otago is now known for the 'rail trail' were people ride bikes for days alongside disused railway lines. Rather them than me. I detoured to Naseby on my way back and it's reinvented itself as a mountain biking destination. It turns out my sister-in-law's grandparents used to live in Naseby.

Like the day before, my final destination was a let down because it was blowing a gale at St Bathan's which whipped up the water, and the sky was grey. Next time!

Thursday, November 30, 2017

... Clay Cliffs, Omarama

To reach the Clay Cliffs outside Omarama you take a shingle road. The most corrugated road I have ever driven is the one to Bodie State Park, in the wops of California. The road to the Clay Cliffs of Omarama is the second most corrugated road I have ever driven. And there was a fair amount of traffic on it too.

I felt quite underwhelmed by the cliffs. They don't compare to the beautiful national parks of the southwest USA. And they are probably not supposed to. But I had in my head beautiful blue sky and 'red' rock formations like Arches and Bryce. Nope.

I got to Omarama via the settlement of Earthquakes.There I climbed (as in walked up a steep hill) to see some fossilised whale bones.

On my way to Omarama I thanked the South Island for all the electricity they generate for the North Island as I drove around Lake Aviemore to Benmore.

Returning through Kurow I thought this garage below possibly has the best paint job in the whole of NZ.

And I loved these Oamaru stone figures just coming into Kurow overlooking the memorial oak trees. 400 oak trees were planted in 1919 to commemorate the locals who did not return home after the first World War. You can read more about the commemorative oaks here.

So while the Clay Cliffs were underwhelming, I found lots of interesting and scenic phototunities on the way there and back.

Monday, November 27, 2017

... to Elephant Rocks

Elephant Rocks are in a privately owned paddock on the Island Cliff - Duntroon Road in the Maerewhenua Valley. You can't see much from the road and could easily drive straight past this impressive display of local limestone.

After a one minute wander through the paddock, free of livestock, still wondering that was going to appear, the paddock opened into a big, wide and low bowl of green grass and limestone.

None of the rocks resembled elephants. Some looked like hippos and some like crocodile heads.

It was a very quiet and serene place to wander around taking photos. It was another New Zealand is really beautiful moment for me. I was glad I stopped for a visit.