Monday, 14 August 2017
$8.54 on line and $15.00 in local shop.
The blanket is based on Granny Stripes by Lucy at Attic24
Linking up with Pumpkin Sunrise 's Weekends
You can find me hanging out mainly on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/cottagetails/ The photo/video is also posted to Facebook,
To follow the Farm Stay for Cats photos - feel free to join Cottage Tails Farm Stay for Cats Facebook Group.
PS the Cattery will be closed from 23rd August until 28th August.
Monday, 24 July 2017
We successfully planned a surprise luncheon at our place for 30 people.
However James came down with the flu - (this winter there has been a lot of nasty bugs going around). Sunday morning I asked how he was feeling and if he was up to some visitors. I then had to let the cat out of the bag and say 30 people were turning up at 11.30am.
He just was not up to it and we got busy cancelling the party.
Brent delivered cake and food to his friends, some of his friends called in and helped take food off my hands. We have cold meat (I had cooked lamb, chicken and corned beef) for days. We don't eat corned beef so I'll drop that off today.
The grog in the fridge will keep and he will need a hand drinking it so something will have to be planned when he is feeling better .... somehow I do not think I can pull off another surprise.
Brent asked James if he had any idea/hint of the party. He had none at all. and commented he thought my deep cleaning of the house was just a phase. LOL.
Linking up to PumpkinSunrise
Saturday, 15 July 2017
Gosh it was May since I last blogged and 5 months into my gap year.... I can't honestly say what I've been up to.... Looking after family (and I'm thrilled to say some fab progress has been happening!), decluttering and selling my homeschooling books and study books... still more to sort through.
Oh I got a new car - which is called Kenny G or Kimmie but in reality is called the dober van as it carries Louie the Doberman around.
Louie has been quite a problem. First off I am a cat person not a dog person. But Louie is sooo needy. He barks if left alone. And frankly I've been really struggling with such a velcro dog. We had a dog behaviourist out and she helped. A few new things have been put in place and I am coping a little better with him. Louie and I are trying to bond - ok I am trying to bond better with Louie, Louie just wants to be with me ALL the time. Something I am not used to from a dog. I'm even now training Louie for competitions.... Bit of a laugh as I have never done anything like it before in my life, I'm pleased to say - Louie and I were not the worst at the seminar we went to. But we are the bottom of the class that we attend each week. We are working hard to get into a higher level of a training group.
Abbey has got me organised on a Facebook Group where I now upload videos daily of the cats staying at Cottage Tails Farm Stay for Cats instead of blogging. It is so much easier - and my videoing is getting better. Feel free to join the group if you would like to follow the cats that stay. Feel free to share with your friends if they are looking for a cattery. (many thanks to the lovely people who have been telling their friends about us)
Not much gardening has been done... but come spring time that will change. There are little hints of spring daily in the garden which bring me great joy.
I've been enjoying knitting, listening to audio books, going to movies and watching some fab shows on TV - rather decadent lifestyle aye,
I'm hooked on the TV show Good behavior - it has Lady Mary from Downton Abbey and she is soo good! I find I can't knit and watch it - as there are so many surprises. It's a little shocking (I get shocked easily) but terribly good. We get it in New Zealand on Neon. Have you seen it?
I enjoyed Wonder on audio and very much looking forward to it coming out at the movies - they have the characters perfect. A wonderful book for children to read!
I'm currently listening to Bear Town (same author as A Man called Ove). It is touching on some tough topics, but so far tastefully written. I've not finished it yet, but so far I would have made it a book that was to be read and studied in homeschooling (senior years)
I'll try and get back into blogging...
I've been pretty good at putting a photo a day up on Instagram - which is a bit of a sneek peek into my days.
Thursday, 25 May 2017
I so enjoy other people's Podcasts/Vlogs and often watch them while folding the washing, ironing, or sitting down after lunch with a cuppa while I do some knitting.
SO I've decided to have a go....
I hope you enjoy it with a cuppa or while doing the ironing...
Let me know what you think and if you want another.
If you did enjoy it, give it a thumbs up and click subscribe.
If you did enjoy it, give it a thumbs up and click subscribe.
- Cup - Emma Bridgewater Purchased from John Lewis. This was a Mother's Day gift and imported into New Zealand. We so need a supplier in New Zealand!
- Planting by the Moon - in the Southern Hemisphere, garlic is best planted from the Full Moon to Waxing Moon. On Friday is the New Moon so I'm going to wait until June this year to plant my garlic. Traditionally garlic is planted on the Shortest Day and harvested on the Longest Day. Usually I plant my garlic in May ---- so we will see what kind of harvest I get this year.
- Bach remedy
- Mimulus. Mimulus is used for known fear. Eg my fear of earthquakes (gosh I hate them), or any other fear you can label eg fear of flying, dogs etc.....
-Rock Rose is the remedy to reach for for absolute terror. Eg if lots of aftershocks happen Rock Rose can help assist keep a person scared of earthquakes calmer.
The projects can be found on my Ravelry Page
Hat- Pattern is Treehouse Hat ,
Wool is Brooklyn Tweed Shelter colour Tent.
Purchased (gift) from Holland Road Yarns
Shawl - Pattern is Pure Joy
Wool is 100% lambs wool hand dyed by Ruataniwhadye Studio
One skein purchased direct from dyer and other skein from Holland Road Yarns (gift)
Cardi - Pattern is Georgetown Cardi
Wool is NZ = 45% polwarth, 45% alpaca, 10% possum by Outlaw Yarn in their Bohemia worsted - Royal colour.
Purchased from Holland Road Yarns
Jumper - Pattern Kingston Tunic
Wool - organic 100% merino 10 Ply in Chocolate
Purchased from Briar Patch
- Podcasts Sew Sweet Violet
- KAN Knitting event in Napier - Knit August Night
- Listening on Audio
which is coming out as a movie.
Huge love and thanks to Abbey, our daughter for helping me with all the techno stuff .
Wednesday, 17 May 2017
He only has the windows to go in, locks on the doors and something for the speedo to go.
Pure Joy shawl - it has been an enjoyable knit. I'm looking forward to wearing it... it is COLD and Wet here.
Gosh I LOVED Britt-Marie was Here, It even made me reorganise my cutlery draw. Have you read/listened to it?
I'm so out of routine with blogging... I think it is because I use my phone for a camera and upload a photo to Instagram and Facebook each day.
Plus when I have thought ok I'll blog today the weather is nice and I've been getting outside early in my garden.
I keep getting emails when will I be open - I knew after the workload from study I was a tad burnt out and felt I needed to have 3 months before I thought of setting up shop.(three months has gone GASP) A friend said she thought I would need 6 months and Brent said take a gap year. So a year off it is.
Monday, 1 May 2017
I must say.. I am LOVING not spending so much time in front of a computer. Studying sitting for nearly four years does that. Friday the weather was fine so I rushed through my morning chores and zoomed outside without doing a blog post. I hope you do not mind the randomness of blogging that I'm currently doing.
Here is my weekend (linking up with Pumpkin Sunrise)
Saturday was the Kapiti Quilt exhibition.
from a herbalist point of view the leaf is an impostor and not a dandelion leaf, one can't help notice things like this. But when I get my clinic rooms I sure want this on the wall.
Bee in My Bonnet.
Here is the pattern that you can buy on Etzy.... I am so so tempted to get it. As if I need another project on the go....
I was hoping a vendor would be selling some Liberty fabrics but none were. I did buy two fat quarters and a new cutting mat. I am looking forward to wet winter days being inside quilting this year.
I was a tad thrown when a lady at the quilt show said to me "Oh you are Cottage Tails". I wasn't expecting it and still get surprised when people recognise me from the blog. Sorry I did not talk long to you - it was terribly busy and I'm not one for crowds. But thank you for saying hello.
Kapiti Nursery has the friendliest cat.
kikuyu grass...that has invaded my herb and vegetable gardens, PESKY PESKY stuff.
Sunday night we watched another movie, Hacksaw Ridge. I am pleased I did not see it at the movies as rather graphic with war scenes. Watching it at home meant I could look at my knitting through those parts. A wonderful true story worth watching - but if like me sensitive you may also struggle "seeing" it.
Right the sun it out - got to get cracking and get my chores done so I can get in the garden.
I'll try and post on Friday - but until then I am posting daily photos/videos on Instagram.