As Nancy J from All Points of The Compass tells us New Zealand is in for an extremely cold spell. It's a case of "batten down the hatches" keep warm and quilt. The wind is starting to blow here in Auckland and the sky has gone very grey indeed so I guess it won't be too long before the rain hits, maybe some hail in there as well. When the icy blasts come up from the South Pole it's quite a shock to the system.
I have been stuck in the house all week with a shocker of a cold and cough - in fact the whole box of tricks really! Not felt much like quilting or doing anything and the only thing I have done was to complete another small block for the Scrap Swap over at 15 Minutes Play so I now have two and I am just not happy with the result!! My intention was to make four blocks and then figure out what to do with them from there, four together then borders or strips between each block and so on. A shot of two together isn't doing it for me so might have to rethink.
See what I mean? The top one I am happy with but I think the bottom one will be a non-starter. They also don't look to be equal in measurement but they are, must be the angle of the camera. I think because of my hand surgery and handling everything that came with my long time friend being so ill and then passing away two weeks ago I just haven't been in "the zone". Hopefully things will now begin to get better.
Bird watching at the feeding tables has been great and I get such a lot of pleasure out of seeing them all eating breakfast. For the third time in a week we have had a kingfisher sitting in the branches of the silver birch and he/she is so tetchy about being photographed! I did take two yesterday but they are not showing the beautiful colours.
In fact now I have inserted a pic I see that there is really no colour at all!!! However his lethal beak is much in evidence.
Now my moth orchid below is not short on colour - I look forward so much to the blooms from this particular one.
I have had a few people emailing to ask about the photo of the Irish Setter on my page - this is my darling Mollie. We lost her almost two years ago now to cancer. Miss her so very much she was a honey, our four legged friends are counted as family. My husband still has regular doggie people stop him and ask what happened to her, one guy was so upset when told that she had died he said she was a real hussy!! We still have her brother Seamus and for old times sake I am posting one of my favourite shots of them
down at the beach.
In fact here are two pics because these particular ones are two of my favourites even though Seamus is being difficult and not smiling at the camera.
Enjoy the rest of your week and happy quilting!!