Writing in the sky…

Posted in Sewing on June 28th, 2012 by Bec

My latest sewing project to make me feel like I am doing something other than just being a cow! It was done in fits and starts when someone was sleeping. Of course I um’d and ar’d about the letter colours but finally settled on what you see here. I really enjoyed it and am happy with the finished product.

Now I am contemplating another sewing project I have up my sleeve for Adele’s room. Let’s see how long it will take to finish that one as it involves a lot more letters!

I guess progress is being made…

Posted in House on June 18th, 2012 by Coffee

Sometimes it seems like it’s easy for us to forget just how things were, and how far we’ve come with the house and garden. We don’t always have before and after shots of things, and if we do they seem to get stuck on memory cards somewhere in the cupboard and we don’t have a look and compare to now to see how things are coming along. But today I was scanning through some old directories and came across the photos that we took just over a year ago when we started to disguise the septic tank. This one, in fact:

Made me realise that some things have indeed changed over the last year! Here’s what it looks like today:

A lot better! Not perfect, but we’re getting there. And the much more even grass and lack of shingle piles is still a huge relief. Might still have to take a pail of green or brown paint to things yet though.

And I might just have to trawl through the memory cards to see if I can find some other before and after shots, just to make us feel like we’re making more progress.

Snow: 2012 Style

Posted in Animals, House, New Zealand on June 8th, 2012 by Coffee

Slightly earlier than last year, we did indeed get a dump of snow this week. Quite a dump! When we woke up on Wednesday morning it had already started to settle, and it just kept on snowing all day, getting heavier and heavier and heavier.

I’m pretty sure I’ve never seen flakes as big. They were massive! And with no wind they just drifted down majestically, piling up ever higher. By the end of the day I think we had about 7 inches as a standard covering, with a bit more in small drifts. More than enough to turn everything white and pretty!

There was so much piling up that I thought it wise to go and sweep off the tunnel-house a few times during the day, just to lighten the load a bit. And even the netting over the chicken’s run was slowly collecting a fair bit of snow and starting to sag somewhat, so that got a few rounds of banging too.

The normally nosey chickens were nowhere to be seen while all this was going on. I don’t think they emerged from their little house at all on Wednesday, and only came out very late yesterday. I did take pity on them and take some food and unfrozen water out to them to have inside. They better not get used to such butler service though!

The snow also apparently settled right on top of all the trees sitting next to power lines. Enough to take out trees, and therefore the power. For us we were without any juice for just the 22 hours. Gulp! Luckily the house stayed warm enough, and we were smart enough to cook dinner before the light faded (on the gas stove – love gas even more now!). And even more luckily we weren’t one of the poor guys that still didn’t have any last night either.

But the day was clear and bright yesterday, so the sun warmed the house in the morning, as well as making everything look very pretty. As only snow can do.

As usual the kitties went through several phases of going completely loopy trying to catch flakes or roll themselves small snowballs to bat around, then a bit of chasing each other around, followed by some chilling and warming action. They’re so funny to watch. But Fidget was also really cute wandering up and down the tyre tracks, freezing fog slowly rising behind him, like some sort of Siberian mountain cat.

As I type this up at midday Friday, we’re still surrounded by it all, but it’s starting to look a bit soft in places. But it did have a bit of a slow start as it got bloody cold last night. I’m just glad we had power and heating for that one!

The big clean out…

Posted in Plants and Gardens on June 3rd, 2012 by Coffee

And no, I’m not talking about the after effects of a particularly vicious curry, but the after effects of a couple of particularly vicious frosts that we’ve had in the the last couple of weeks. They pretty much did it for all the remaining tomatoes and chillis left in the tunnel house so it was time for an autumn clean.

So it’s all looking a bit sad and empty in there at the moment. Some lemongrass and strawberry plants are all that’s left, as we were pretty disorganised and didn’t get anything sorted out for winter when we should have. Oh well, there’s always next year.

The compost heaps, on the other hand, are now full to overflowing.