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Top Ten Tuesday: Books That Surprised Me (in a good or bad way)

I discovered this fun blog via Death By Tsundoku Top Ten Tuesday is a meme originated by The Broke and the Bookish now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week the theme is:

This week the theme is: Books That Surprised Me (in a good or bad way)

For this I am going to scroll through my Goodreads Read List and see which ones were surprises for me 🙂

1: Bad way 😦         

Tess of the D’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy

Tess of the D'Urbervilles

Hardy tells the story of Tess Durbeyfield, a beautiful young woman living with her impoverished family in Wessex, the southwestern English county immortalized by Hardy. After the family learns of their connection to the wealthy d’Urbervilles, they send Tess to claim a portion of their fortune.

I didn’t like it at all and I actually had expected to as I usually love classics.  I found Tess to be an idiot and the boys weren’t much better.  I struggled to the end only because I am stubborn and don’t like to leave anything half-finished.

2:  Good Way 🙂         

The Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit by Michael Finkel

The Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit
In 1986, a shy and intelligent twenty-year-old named Christopher Knight left his home in Massachusetts, drove to Maine, and disappeared into the forest. He would not have a conversation with another human being until nearly three decades later, when he was arrested for stealing food. Living in a tent even through brutal winters, he had survived by his wits and courage, developing ingenious ways to store edibles and water, and to avoid freezing to death. He broke into nearby cottages for food, clothing, reading material, and other provisions, taking only what he needed but terrifying a community never able to solve the mysterious burglaries. Based on extensive interviews with Knight himself, this is a vividly detailed account of his secluded life–why did he leave? what did he learn?–as well as the challenges he has faced since returning to the world. It is a gripping story of survival that asks fundamental questions about solitude, community, and what makes a good life, and a deeply moving portrait of a man who was determined to live his own way, and succeeded.
I was rather shocked to find I loved this book.  Normally biographies about people and events I’m not supper familiar with don’t hold me to the end and I tag out about midway but this was fascinating.  How he survived and the aftermath was gripping to the end.

3:  Bad Way 😦          

Go Set a Watchman (To Kill a Mockingbird #2) by Harper Lee

Go Set a Watchman
Maycomb, Alabama. Twenty-six-year-old Jean Louise Finch – ‘Scout’ – returns home from New York City to visit her aging father, Atticus. Set against the backdrop of the civil rights tensions and political turmoil that were transforming the South, Jean Louise’s homecoming turns bittersweet when she learns disturbing truths about her close-knit family, the town and the people dearest to her. Memories from her childhood flood back, and her values and assumptions are thrown into doubt. Featuring many of the iconic characters from To Kill a Mockingbird, Go Set a Watchman perfectly captures a young woman, and a world, in a painful yet necessary transition out of the illusions of the past – a journey that can be guided only by one’s conscience.
I was so excited to read this as Mockingbird is one of my all time favourite books and then so disappointed.  Key characters killed off and Atticus behaving in a very un-Atticus way left me sad and disappointed.  I wasn’t expecting everyone to grow up and it all be roses but this side-stepped way too far from where the original story was for me to enjoy it.

4: Good Way 🙂          

Mrs Queen Takes the Train by William Kuhn

Mrs Queen Takes the Train

An absolute delight of a debut novel by William Kuhn—author of Reading Jackie:  Her Autobiography in Books—Mrs Queen Takes the Train wittily imagines the kerfuffle that transpires when a bored Queen Elizabeth strolls out of the palace in search of a little fun, leaving behind a desperate team of courtiers who must find the missing Windsor before a national scandal erupts. Reminiscent of Alan Bennett’s The Uncommon Reader, this lively, wonderfully inventive romp takes readers into the mind of the grand matriarch of Britain’s Royal Family, bringing us an endearing runaway Queen Elizabeth on the town—and leading us behind the Buckingham Palace walls and into the upstairs/downstairs spaces of England’s monarchy.

This came up on a kindle special so I bought it on a whim and then ignored it for ages.  When I finally started reading it I fell in love.  It was a beautiful, light-hearted whimsical read that I would not hesitate to recommend.

5: Bad Way 😦          

The Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett

The Uncommon Reader

When her corgis stray into a mobile library parked near Buckingham Palace, the Queen feels duty-bound to borrow a book. Discovering the joy of reading widely (from J. R. Ackerley, Jean Genet, and Ivy Compton-Burnett to the classics) and intelligently, she finds that her view of the world changes dramatically. Abetted in her newfound obsession by Norman, a young man from the royal kitchens, the Queen comes to question the prescribed order of the world and loses patience with the routines of her role as monarch. Her new passion for reading initially alarms the palace staff and soon leads to surprising and very funny consequences for the country at large. 

After reading Mrs Queen Takes the Train I was excited to read another version of the same story.  I was not that 😦 Apparently the Queen, who tends to read things that the average mortal would struggle with, doesn’t know what a lending library is.  If they had given her a couple of trashy romances or the latest top 100 thriller then I probably could have gotten on board with the story but this was not the case and I found myself rather disappointed.

6:  Good Way 🙂          

The Left Hand of God (The Left Hand of God #1) by Paul Hoffman

The Left Hand of God
The Sanctuary of the Redeemers is a place where children endure brutal cruelty and violence in the name of the One True Faith. Lost in the Sanctuary’s huge maze of corridors is a boy. He is strange witty and charming, and violent. But when he opens the wrong door at the wrong time he witnesses an act so horrible he must flee, or die.
This was bought for me by one of my children as a gift and I wasn’t 100% sold that I was going to like it.  The first few pages nearly lost me but the love for my child caused me to continue and I am well pleased I did.  I loved this book and keep meaning to track down the rest of the series.  I would have gotten them the next day but neither had been written when I got this one.

7:  Good Way 🙂

Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

Gone with the Wind
Gone with the Wind is a novel written by Margaret Mitchell, first published in 1936. The story is set in Clayton County, Georgia, and Atlanta during the American Civil War and Reconstruction era. It depicts the struggles of young Scarlett O’Hara, the spoiled daughter of a well-to-do plantation owner, who must use every means at her disposal to claw her way out of the poverty she finds herself in after Sherman’s March to the Sea. A historical novel, the story is a Bildungsroman or coming-of-age story, with the title taken from a poem written by Ernest Dowson.
This sat on my shelf for about 15 years before I convinced myself to pick it up.  I bought it because I love the movie but the size of this novel is rather daunting and I feared that might equal boring . . . but it wasn’t.  I couldn’t put it down once I started and not only was it a great read but I learnt heaps.  I live in a different country so my entire knowledge regarding the civil war in America has been gained via movies and television so finding out a bit more about what happened before, during and after even if it was just one woman’s version.

8: Good Way 🙂

Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult

Nineteen Minutes
Sterling is an ordinary New Hampshire town where nothing ever happens–until the day its complacency is shattered by a school shooting. Josie Cormier, the daughter of the judge sitting on the case, should be the state’s best witness, but she can’t remember what happened before her very own eyes–or can she? As the trial progresses, fault lines between the high school and the adult community begin to show–destroying the closest of friendships and families. Nineteen Minutes asks what it means to be different in our society, who has the right to judge someone else, and whether anyone is ever really who they seem to be.
I think this is my favourite Jodi book.  I fully expected not to like it as I had just read We Need To Talk About Kevin and Sandy Hook had just happened but I was completely engrossed.  As all of Jodi’s books are, it was poignant and thought-provoking and a little confrontational at times.  Very pleased I picked this up.


9: Good Way 🙂

Angels and Demons (Robert Langdon #1) by Dan Brown 

Angels and Demons (Robert Langdon, #1)
 When a world renowned scientist is found brutally murdered in a Swiss research facility, a Harvard professor, Robert Langdon, is summoned to identify the mysterious symbol seared onto the dead man’s chest. His baffling conclusion: it is the work of the Illuminati, a secret brotherhood presumed extinct for nearly four hundred years – reborn to continue their bitter vendetta against their sworn enemy, the Catholic church.

In Rome, the college of cardinals assembles to elect a new pope. Yet somewhere within the walls of the Vatican, an unstoppable bomb of terrifying power relentlessly counts down to oblivion. While the minutes tick away, Langdon joins forces with Vittoria Vetra, a beautiful and mysterious Italian scientist, to decipher the labyrinthine trail of ancient symbols that snakes across Rome to the long-forgotten Illuminati lair – a secret refuge wherein lies the only hope for the Vatican.

But with each revelation comes another twist, another turn in the plot, which leaves Langdon and Vetra reeling and at the mercy of a seemingly invisible enemy…

I only read this because everyone else was reading it.  Yes,sometimes I can be a bit of a sheep.  To my surprise I loved it.  The beginning was a bit slow but wow the second half of that book moved fast!

10: Bad Way 😦

The Da Vinci Code (Robert Langdon #2) by Dan Brown 

The Da Vinci Code (Robert Langdon, #2)
Harvard professor Robert Langdon receives an urgent late-night phone call while on business in Paris: the elderly curator of the Louvre has been brutally murdered inside the museum. Alongside the body, police have found a series of baffling codes. As Langdon and a gifted French cryptologist, Sophie Neveu, begin to sort through the bizarre riddles, they are stunned to find a trail that leads to the works of Leonardo Da Vinci – and suggests the answer to a mystery that stretches deep into the vaults of history.
Sorry but I didn’t like it.  Too much maths and stuff and I got bored.  Much prefered the rest of the series.  If I hadn’t already read the first one I would not have read this.

A week late but there you are 🙂

Ka Kete Ano xxx

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Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Book Quotes

I discovered this fun blog via Death By Tsundoku Top Ten Tuesday is a meme originated by The Broke and the Bookish now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week the theme is:

This week the theme is: Favourite Book Quotes


I confess I am very late with this one.  Last week was mad with kids to concerts, husbands attempting to severe toes and nana’s turning 90. Should have been posted last week but you know what they say, ‘better late than never’ 😀

1. To Kill a Mockingbird (To Kill a Mockingbird #1)

To Kill a Mockingbird

“As you grow older, you’ll see white men cheat black men every day of your life, but let me tell you something and don’t you forget it—whenever a white man does that to a black man, no matter who he is, how rich he is, or how fine a family he comes from, that white man is trash”
I love this quote although I don’t believe that this just is just biased towards skin toning.  I genuinely belive that this is true no matter who you are cheating.  Anyone who deliberately cheats anyone at all is just trash regardless of their financial circumstances.
Rivals (Rutshire Chronicles #2)
“To bring the balloon of the mind that bellies and drags in the wind, as Yeats had so perfectly put it, into its narrow shed.”
Not even nearly close to a quote from the book that I liked but I am struggling for time so it will do.  Read it yourself if you haven’t already and if you have, read it again.  Loads of belly laughs lie within 😉

3. Carrie

“She did not know if her gift came from the lord of light or of darkness, and now, finally finding that she didn’t care which, she wad overcome with almost indescribable relief, as if a huge weight, long carried, had slipped from her shoulders.”
Ahhh learning to accept oneself.  Such a wonderful feeling before mentally locking down a gym and setting fire to ones peers.

4. Daughter of the Blood (The Black Jewels #1)

Daughter of the Blood (The Black Jewels #1)
“A woman with an education may be able to spend more time sitting in a chair instead of lying on her back. A sound advantage, I should think.”
There is some real truth in that statement.

5. Written in Red (The Others #1)

Written in Red (The Others, #1)
“Whether you’re beaten or pampered, fed the best foods or starved, kept in filth or kept clean, a cage is still a cage.”
Again, there is some real truth in this statement.  Coming from a relationship where I could have anything I wanted as long as it was deemed acceptable by him indoors and I did as I was told this really does ring very true.  A gilded cage is still a cage.

6. Wizard’s First Rule (Sword of Truth #1)

Wizard's First Rule (Sword of Truth, #1)
“There is no such thing as pure good or pure evil, least of all in people. In the best of us there are thoughts or deeds that are wicked, and in the worst of us, at least some virtue. An adversary is not one who does loathsome acts for their own sake. He always has a reason that to him is justification. My cat eats mice. Does that make him bad? I don’t think so, and the cat doesn’t think so, but I would bet the mice have a different opinion.”
Gotta love Zed. Nuttiest wise old guy ever written.
“He was pushing fifty, with a face life had chewed on, and long wisps of graying hair parted low on one side and combed over his balding pate.”
No wonder he lived alone.

8. The Wee Free Men (Discworld #30)

The Wee Free Men (Discworld, #30; Tiffany Aching, #1)
“They can tak’ oour lives but they canna tak’ oour troousers!”

9. Cross Stitch (Outlander #1)

Cross Stitch (Outlander, #1)

“Does it bother you that I’m not a virgin?” He hesitated a moment before answering.
“Well, no,” he said slowly, “so long as it doesna bother you that I am.” He grinned at my drop-jawed expression, and backed toward the door.
“Reckon one of us should know what they’re doing,” he said.

Always a bonus if someones got some idea what they’re doing on a wedding night 😉

Guilty Pleasures (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, #1)
“I sounded like Horton the Elephant. “A person is a person no matter how small.” What the hell was I doing standing in the middle of a cave, in the dark, surrounded by wererats, quoting Dr. Seuss, and trying to kill a one-thousand-year-old vampire?”
It’s line’s like that and you laugh out loud that get you addicted to books 😀
Phew that one was hard work.
Ka Kete Ano xx


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The Ocean Hates Me


I appear to have taken on way too much this year.  Turns out I haven’t read hardly any blogs since mid January (took me all day today to catch up on a months worth!) and, worst yet, I have only written 4 myself (and they were mostly in the same week). The next few will be catch-ups so I apologise in advance if I bore you.

January was the hottest it has ever been in little ole NZ.  We have spent a lot of time swimming in the ocean and outdoors.  Turns out the sea hates me and keeps throwing its creatures at me.

First proof: I had a 20 cm Kahawai swim past me in a wave.  I ~excuse my language~ shat and left the ocean.


Second proof: Day after fishy surprise we are swimming away and a Shag popped up right beside me, looked at me, opened it’s mouth and went BEGARK very loudly. I shat and left the ocean.


Third proof: Day after feathered surprise we are swimming away and my hand starts to sting.  Lift it out of the water and find Blue Bottle (Portuguese man o’ war) jellyfish tendrils attached.  Thank god it was missing the rest of the jellyfish.  I shat and left the ocean to go home and hop about in itchy screechy pain for several hours.  FYI if are ever in this position just go stand in a hot shower.  Its the only thing that helps.


Fourth proof: Back in the water swimming away and nothing bad happens YAY then we get home to find I am COVERED in bites and have been attached by the Mount Mauler FYI: NOTHING helps for these.  You just scratch, put non working lotions and potions on hoping that layering may have an effect and await the end of the itch, approximately 3 days.  Doesn’t sound too bad does it, 3 days? I had over 50 of the bites and turns out sweat from incredibly humid nights does not diminish itch.  I was rather a Crabby Pattie by day 2.  You don’t want to know about day 3.

Fifth proof: Turns out Jellyfish stings are the gift that keeps on giving.  2 weeks after initial sting it flared up an itch lumpy weird mess.  Who knew that was a thing

When an itchy rash occurs several days to weeks after a sting, the rash may mean a delayed skin reaction has occurred. A delayed reaction can occur many times over the course of 1 to 2 months following a sting. You may have a fever, weakness, or joint stiffness or swelling. Medical treatment may ease the discomfort and prevent complications from a delayed reaction.

Sixth proof: Swimming away and I look down into the beautiful clear water to see a large crab with his nippers raised staring back at me.


I shat and left the ocean.

Ka Kete Ano xx

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Crafty Bitches January 2018

After a wee seasonal break we are back.  Unfortunately we live in a country that puts all of its public holidays together in one spot so only some of us have made it back thus far but we are working on this 😉 In attendance were Toni & Ralph, Melodie, Amy & Brett and their 6 month old snuggle butt Ben.

The food theme for the evening was Australia as my husband wanted to use the BBQ.  Great in theory but bloody hard to execute when they eat pretty much what we do.  We did our best however with fairly good results.

The tummies were full, the pav was divine and the host family ate leftovers for 3 days.

The highlight of the meeting was the cuddles from our wee Ben.  I’m pretty sure he’s the most popular member of our group.


Mel kicked of the show and tell with her latest WIP.  She is crocheting a pashmina and has just started so not much to show but a good start has been made and we look forward to seeing it grow.


Annnnnnddddd that’s where show and tell stopped.  Toni got sidetracked playing with the baby and Amy left hers at home so the following photo’s have been taken from the general updates on our page.


Doctor Who scarf complete with reluctant male model.  Tiki which was a gift for a friend.


Toy for Ben

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There was also supposed to be an update on the cross stitch but as it was left at home we will await its return in February.

Updates via the FB page are as follows:



And that rounds up our month 🙂

Ka Kete Ano xx

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Our house changed colour!

Our house was dark beige when we bought it and has remained that way for the past 7 years of our ownership.

Anyone that has met us knows that we are the complete opposite of beige people but as it was fairly recently painted there was no reason to change it.

Until now that is 🙂 I’ve gone for something a little dramatic but not over the top 🙂 Tell me what you think 🙂

This is the befores

And here we have the afters 😀

Not only that but my darling husband finally finished the fence he started November 2016 🙂

Now I get to do the gardens 😀

Ka Kete Ano xx

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My last post was August 2 and then nothing since.


I just haven’t had the drive.

I don’t know why.  I have certainly thought about it but I just haven’t been able to bring myself to write.

If it’s any concolation I havent been able to sleep either . . . for over a month . . . I am now officially exhausted.

Its got nothing to do with my husband’s accident as it had pretty much started before then.  I am dissatisfied with everything. I am finding fault in things that I usually find pleasure in.

Maybe its the winter blues? Maybe I just need a holiday.

I’ve put myself on vitamins and am making sure I exercise but nothings helping.  I just feel blah.

Any suggestions at this stage would be most welcome.


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A Week Off And Some Sleep In’s

It’s currently the school holidays here and the arrival of my (step)daughters from Stratford.

As Stratford is 4.5 hours from between our homes, and the girls are 16 & 18 now, we don’t get to see them all that often.  Due to work commitments and other work related events, I have not managed to take time off when the girls are up in at least 5, probably longer, years.  Natalie likes to get home every holiday but Veronica usually only comes up once or twice if we are lucky each year.  This year I managed a whole 4 days with them, in a row even 😀 I had to work the Monday but I got the rest of the week off.

Tuesday was a crappy ‘catch up on the weekday stuff’ day and along with my darling husband we caught up on all the things that you can’t do on a weekend.  The door guy came round and measured for our new door.  Excessively way happier than we should be about this.  Because we live so near the beach in a coastal town our wooden front door has gradually died over the past few years.  All the wood that takes the brunt of the coastal blows has warped, bowed and dropped and now it groans like an 80-year-old getting up off the floor when you open it (no sneaking into our house at night) and you can see daylight through the panels from the hallway.  Obviously this is not an easy fix as we have a unusally sized door and it needs to be specially made.  Door guy came round for the measure and quote so hopefully we will have a lovely powder-coated white aluminium front door with no groans nor daylight very soon.

Also got the cat to the vets for WOF and had internet guy around to fix the mess that was our non-wifi ultra-fibre wi-fi that spent more time not working than it ever did working. This last bit resulted in 3 very happy girls who can now Runescape, YouTube and stream Anime in the sanctity of their bedrooms whenever they want without swearing and getting their grumpies on.

Darling husband was back at work on Weds so it was me and the girls.  The weather was utter shite as it often is at this time of year so we ran around the back of Papamoa until we finally found the worlds best, at least as far as the bay is concerned, Second-hand bookshop.  I lost the girls in there in the first 10 minutes.  We were there at least an hour.

There are books everywhere in here! You literally have to turn sideways to get down some parts of the aisle and I love the place! Nat and I are seriously going back again next time and pretty much every time after that 😀

After that we hit the supermarket and by then it was lunchtime so we headed home for pizza, movies and the fire for the afternoon. It was too miserable out to be of much fun and we all had new books 😀

The weather cleared a bit in the arvo so we went to the beach, me with my book 😉

Thursday saw darling husband again with the day off so we headed over to Rotorua for what was an even more horrible weather day than the previous one.  Plan A was dashed with the powers that be shutting the Zorb range so the girls couldn’t roll around in giant inflated clear plastic balls like people shaped hamsters.  That will have to become next times event.  We then came up with plan B and went in search of other touristy events to partake in.  We found ourselves at the Paradise Valley Zoo where the animals were also displeased about the weather.  It rained the whole time and was rather chilly but we had fun playing with the critters 🙂

From there we got caught in sudden snow and high tailed it too Carl’s Jr for lunch and coffee where I Facebooked them to turn the heating on because we were sitting in the restaurant blowing ‘smoke’ rings at each other and I couldn’t feel my feet Sooooooooooo coooooooooold.  The maze we then attempted to go to was also shut due to weather so we gave up and went home hahaha 🙂 The fire was lovely and we had hot veggie soup for dinner so all was well with the world.

Friday saw dearest husband back at work and me dashing the kids down to the bus at 7am for their journey home.  Bus was about 10 minutes late but we weren’t worried even though it was as cold as a polar bears proverbial.  That was, we weren’t worried until the bus driver pulled up and hopped out asking ‘Do you want the bad news first or the bad news first?’ and promptly informed us that weather had caused major road closures and unless we only wanted to go to Taupo we weren’t going anywhere.  So we piled back in the car and headed back to the warm. Mental note: next time check internet before rushing out the house dressed as Nanok of the North.

At this point we came to the rather slow realisation that the girls had come up during the worst winter storm in 16 years so we laughed (at least me and Nat did, Ron was in a sulk because she wanted to see her boyfriend) and drank coffee.

As Ron was now channelling her inner feral mongoose and about as much fun as a soggy toast Nat and I decided to head for the hills, literally, and went for a hike up the Mount.  Nat had never actually been up it and although it was cold and threatening rain we decided to seize the fear and do it anyway 🙂

You can’t tell by the photo but it was getting a bit spitty. 15 minutes later we were at the bottom and soaking wet so we made a pit stop into a cafe for hot chocolate and chai latte’s and very sympathetic coffee makers 🙂 We were not the first, nor the last, of the soggy mountain climbers for the day.

Arrival back at home for hot showers found our feral mongoose not terribly improved in temperament so once we were warm and dry we headed back out again and off to the local art gallery.  Nat loved the carvings and enjoyed herself 🙂 I love art so was in my element.

We then stopped at a cafe for lunch before heading home and chilling for the remainder of the day 🙂

That day is truly going to be one of my favourite memories.  Nat and I had a fantastic day hanging out and laughing and just enjoying.  We talked about assort’s and I have to say that our baby, our 16-year-old youngest, has grown to be a delightful young lady and an absolute joy to be with.

Roads opened and the heavens sung and they managed to get home Saturday morning 🙂

It was still bloody cold though

Ka Kete Ano xx



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Cast On, Bind Off

After all the frantic stitching to finish Tash & Kids I have neglected my knitting projects and have been feeling guilty for it.  How to counteract that? Getting knitting of course 😀

Now bear in mind that I am teaching myself to knit and as I really need to concentrate on anything that is more than a standard knit a line or purl a line, it’s rather slow going with frequent unravellings so my output is somewhat minimal compared to those who actually know what they are doing. This means that my output is not what others would achieve but I am ecstatic because its huge for me 😀 AND this was only a weekends work.


First up we have a Reverse Stocking Stitch Stripe Square. A nice, easy little stitch that cost me no frustration or rude words although if you look closely you can see that I have accidentally added an extra line into a couple of rows.  I didn’t notice until well above them so at this stage they can stay there.  I may add it to the pile of re-do’s that I am accumulating for after I have stitched them all, but it’s not hugely noticeable so I may just call it ‘artistic license’ and leave it at that.


Next we have Step Stitch Square which totally freaked me out and near caused me to wet myself when I saw the pattern but surprisingly I found it a doddle and really enjoyed the process 🙂


Third up was the Stocking Stitch with Garter Stitch Stripe Square which I have to say is one of the ugliest things I have made for a while


And last, but not least, we have a Basketweave Square which I am relieved to say, is not as ugly as the one above it.

All the knitting for the weekend went great with only a few minor hiccups so I am stocked to have made that much progress.  I do have to admit that it is mostly due to Dry July. Because I can’t have a wine I’m knitting lol

So that’s this weeks miniscule round-up.

Ka Kete Ano xx


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Getting Rugged Up

Sitting on the floor in front of the fire is the rug that I started at the beginning of the year.  Can anyone else believe that it is nearly June already! The rug is for in front of the fireplace to protect the carpet.

At least that’s what I tell people.  The rug is really just because I always wanted to make one so I am giving it a go 😉

Winter is fast approaching with jerseys being worn every day and nobody but surfies in thermal suits even considering the water as a play ground.  In saying that I went for a walk along the winters edge last weekend and it’s still surprisingly warm.  Not enough to convince me to go swimming but enough to paddle your feeties in.

I digress.

With winter rearing its chilly little head I can tell you that the heat pump is now on low level 24/7 and we are definitely only a weekend or 2 from our first fire.  As we have the heat pumps we only use the fire for the cosy factor on weekends. This means that I really ought to crack on with the rug and try to get it finished so the fat furry fellas have somewhere to sit in front of the fireplace 🙂

Start of week / End of week

I’m getting into the swing of things and its making good progress 🙂 Heading towards the halfway mark this week . . . hopefully.  Super swamped at work again this week so my evenings are tending to look more like napping on the couch than crafting the night away.

After the epic stitching marathons that occurred trying to get Tash & Kids finished I’m a little jaded with stitching right now.  That doesn’t mean that I don’t want to stitch, just that I want to play with other things for a little while.  I did get a couple of hundred stitches done over the week but nothing major.

Start of week / End of week

I had cousins everywhere over the weekend so this was the grand sum of my achievements.

I’m thinking the rug is probably going to be the priority for the next couple of weeks as the clutter from too many unfinished projects is driving me a little crackers.  I tidy things when I am working on projects but I don’t put them away.  I have found that if they are away they remain away so leaving them out works better.  However this does mean I have 1 knitting basket with Blanket #1 in it beside the TV, 1 knitting box with Blanket #2 in it under the secretary, 1 shopping basket with Diamond Painting kit in it on one side of the fireplace, neatly folded rug kit on other side of the fireplace and last but not least 1 x dinner tray with Warm My Heart cross stitch stuff under the coffee table..  Things are getting a mite crowded so I need to finish some stuff 🙂

Ka Kete Ano


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A Bunny and a Nearly There

About a month ago I randomly started fretting about a knitting kit for a bunny that I bought around 2 years ago when I first started thinking about learning to knit.  It didn’t cost much as it was in clearance at Spotlight and it’s just been sitting in the knitting corner ever since.

Around to weeks ago I got it out and put it on the coffee table so it could stare at me everytime I went past it.

A little over a week ago I wasn’t feeling well (hungover) and couldn’t face my cross stitch so I picked it up and started knitting.

Now bear in mind that I am not very good at knitting so there has been a little bit of swearing, a fair amount of googling and a lot of ‘what the heck did I just do’s going on.

I have been enjoying it though 🙂

Randomly, all of a sudden I couldn’t put it down.  Huge drive to keep going which is kind of silly.  My youngest is 15 and we have no grandkids yet so what the heck am I going to do with it?

Then I saw a message from one of my favourite cousins saying she was heartbroken.  We messaged a bit and then she rang.

Her god-daughter had been found to have a brain tumour the week prior.  On Tuesday they got the news that its very aggressive and where it is they cannot even biopsy. Sadly our little 11-year-old is terminal.

We talked and we cried, as you can well imagine. During the talking and the crying it suddenly hit me why I need to make a bunny.  So now bunny has a home when she is finished.  Di has also asked me to make a second one for her which of course I will do.   Expect lots of bunny updates in the next few weeks.

So here’s where bunny is currently at.

All we need is 2 arms and legs and some stuffing 🙂

AND I have finally nearly finished Tash & Kids.  Only 4 rows or 3,690 stitches to go.  With Easter this weekend there is a small, be it very small, chance that she will be done this weekend but I make no promises.

My husband tells me there will be wine with bubbles in it at the end of this project