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September 13, 2019
Heading Home from Romany Quilting

What else did we do in Auckland before we headed home?  We went to Britomart Station, which was only a short walk away, and there we organised a tap on, tap off AT Hop Card, and we were good to go.  The cost to Kiwis was $10.00 for the card, $1 to load on it, and for Seniors, all our travel would be free after 9.00am, trains, buses and most ferries.  Pretty good value, don’t you think.  So we gave the trains and buses a try one day, and the next, boarded the Devonport Ferry, just a ...

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September 12, 2019
pluggin' along . . . from Count it *all* JOY!

I've tried, I've tried, I've tried.  And for the most part, I've been successful.  I've continued to work towards at least 15 minutes of something stitching/quilting/crafting related.  Between work and church and the camp and family, there have been a couple of days where I've slacked. Ah well.  I'll keep plugging away! :)

You'll notice the Witchy Stitchy Blog Hop button on my sidebar!  I'm participating in the hop--I'm SO excited!  
My day will be October 10th ... if you know me well, you might understand why that day is ...

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September 8, 2019
Several Days in Sydney from Romany Quilting

Hello Sydney, its great to be back.  Here we are back again,  fresh from our glorious time aboard the Indian Pacific train ride.  We arrived at big and bustling Central Station, and more importantly, our hotel is just across the road.  Oh look, they’re expecting us.  We were looking forward to a good nights sleep, the bed on the train shook and jiggled about as we bounced along the rail track.  Robin was pleased that he was not expected to climb the ladder any more.

Looking forward to a restful night’s sleep

So what have we been doing ...

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July 29, 2019
getting stitchy . . . from Count it *all* JOY!

Last week was a lovely, stitchy week!  On Sunday I remembered the sets of embroidery stencils I got while my shoulder was out of service for National Quilting Day (see that post here).  I pulled them all out and picked one that looked like fun to stitch . . .
I worked on it Sunday and finished it up on Tuesday. Todd and I drove six hours, round trip, for a work conference.  Well, he drove and I stitched!
I adore how this turned out!  I will finish it up this week and gift it later.  :)

I didn't skip Monday ... I road-tripped ...

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July 13, 2019
Seaside Fabric Card (sewing and embroidery) from France Nadeau

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April 26, 2019
Road Trip Continues from Romany Quilting

After wondering if the Easter Bunny would find us while we were away from home and ensconced in Mt Maunganui, there she was with a basket of chocolate eggs.  We enjoyed a pancake breakfast on Easter Sunday, cooked by fellow campers over BBQs.  Pancakes, bacon, banana, drizzled with maple syrup, it was delicious indeed.

Easter Bunny at Mt Maunganui

We won a raffle prize too

The local Dog Agility Club brought their clever canines along to entertain us is the afternoon.  We all took our folding chairs up to the end of the playing field to sit in the sunshine ...

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April 8, 2019
i've fallen . . . from Count it *all* JOY!

. . . and I can't get back up on the proverbial blogging horse!

I hesitated using that title since I have had shoulder surgery recently and didn't want to alarm anyone, but every time I went to start a post, that commercial went through my mind.  But I also couldn't bear to put a pic of a woman sprawled out on the floor at her most vulnerable hour of need (I know, I know, it's a paid actress).  Besides, the turtles are starting to show themselves in the sanctuary ... hibernation time is ending!

We've even found a ...

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November 17, 2018
Mid Week Trip, Taumarunui and Back from Romany Quilting

We’ve been away on a trip for a few days, and what an exciting time we had.  Our Probus Club had arranged an all exclusive  trip to Taumarunui and back with Forgotten World Adventures, and we certainly weren’t going to be left behind.  We were collected from our home town, traveled far and wide, all meals, accommodation, activities  and travel included, then were safely returned home.

All ready for an exciting trip

Although I'm not too keen traveling along the Desert Road, I do love to see the mountains.  We had a great view of the classic ...

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September 24, 2018
weekend wanderings . . . from Count it *all* JOY!

Busy weekends and busier weeks (gearing up for our annual meeting at work) make for longer gaps between posts.  But I am pleased to note that I've surpassed last year's number of posts by five, with this post.  It's the little things, right??!

Todd and I did make time to take the boat out this past Friday. It was the first time I'd been out on our boat since prior to the surgery. I'd missed it ... but I was a little anxious about it, too.  Turns out I had nothing to worry about . . . except how ...

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August 23, 2018
The Train Trip that wasn’t from Romany Quilting

Don’t let this happy photo fool you.  Although we started off with happy anticipation, our long awaited four day trip on the Indian Pacific railway didn’t happen.  The Indian Pacific train pulled way from Perth Station bang on time at 10.00am, leaving Australia’s most remote capital city behind.  We went slowly through the suburbs, soon reaching the outskirts of Perth, and the countryside.  The train stopped for some time at Avon, full of huge wheat silos at the siding, and we were called into the Queen Adelaide restaurant car for a very enjoyable lunch.  Back in ...

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August 17, 2018
Cute little Quokka from Romany Quilting

When is a rat not a rat?  When it is a quokka.  And what is a quokka, you may well ask?  A quokka is a marsupial the size of a hare or domestic cat, and as with other marsupials, such as the kangaroo and wallaby, the females suckle their young in a pouch. Rottnest Island, off the coast of Perth, Australia, has quokkas galore.  Rottnest Island was named by Dutch explorer William de Vlamingh in 1696, meaning rats nest, mistaking the quokkas for huge rats.   It wasn’t long before we saw our first quokka, there were plenty around the ...

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June 17, 2018
six-sided stitching . . . from Count it *all* JOY!

I'd made good progress on my challenge quilt . . . then ran into a snaffu, which has stumped me. Rather, I was trimming it down and trimmed it too much.  The minimum size has to be met, and I unwittingly trimmed 1/2" below that.  Ugh.  My last day to work on it will be Friday/Saturday of next week. I need to quickly figure out how to right my wrong.

I also made progress on my hexie quilt (and didn't then impede said progress with a stooopid mistake).  Our summer pattern for Fridays is to take the boat out ...

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March 5, 2018
Hi-de-hi campers, it’s time to go home from Romany Quilting

Our seemingly never ending caravan trip around the South Island has come to an end.  After 80 days away, it was finally  time to head home.  This snap was taken at the Picton Lookout, and you can just see the Inter Island Ferries behind us.

At Picton

Should be a calm trip

Finding ourselves a table aboard, we settled down to the journey.  Things got interesting when the Captain announced that a drill was taking place.  After several blasts of the siren, staff members came with life jackets to show how to put them on, and answer any questions.  Other ...

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February 18, 2018
More Holiday News from Romany Quilting

It’s hard to believe we have been traveling around the South Island for 2 months, with only a couple more weeks to go.  And so far we have towed our caravan close to 3000km.  So where have we been to lately?  We were interested to see how the town of Kaikoura was getting on.  Last year Kaikoura suffered a huge earthquake which did immense damage to the road and rail link, leaving this town cut off from some time.  The coastline was raised dramatically, and our stay here gave us the chance to see some of the changes.  South ...

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February 2, 2018
Laundry never stops from Romany Quilting

On holiday or not – the laundry never stops.  I took a load along to a launderette in Christchurch, and guess who I bumped into.  This wasn’t just any old laundromat but a very busy coffee bar, and coffee roasting business as well.  And who should I meet up while I lugged my big laundry bag through the door but number one son Michael, who was meeting a friend for coffee.  Once I had the washing machine going I went and ordered a coffee for myself and crashed his coffee date.  Not too sure how he felt about that, but ...

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January 12, 2018
four projects: it's all in the details from Charm About You

It's my birthday today! I have lovely plans, lunch with my mum and step-dad, a relaxed afternoon, a film with the kids and then a meal with my husband. Chilled out and spending time with people I love, a perfect day.

This is a little catch up on makes for Sewing Quarter from last weeks shows. Cute cushions perfect for a nursery or just for fun and a mini quilt with Liberty rose appliqué.

First is this adorable bear cushion, pattern from Sweetly Stitched Handmades by Amy Sinibaldi. The book is full of such sweet makes!

This was simple ...

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December 30, 2017
It’s almost New Year from Romany Quilting

Time’s moving on, and we have been moving too.  After spending six nights at Mosgiel in Dunedin over Christmas, we stayed at Tuapeka Mouth, the Lignite Pit, and have finally made in down to the deep south in Invercargill for New Year.  Alice, our cute little pet camel from the Ghan Railway in outback Australia, has been traveling with us.  She is very quiet, and has been absolutely no trouble at all while we have been on the road.  I expect she spends her time looking out the window hoping to find other camels, but she will have no ...

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December 14, 2017
Time for a little Stitching from Romany Quilting

I’ve finally found time to start my holiday stitching, after several days on the road at the beginning of our South Island adventure.  We arrived in Christchurch yesterday, and after this city had experienced two weeks of unbelievably high temperatures in the 30s, yesterday afternoon was wet, wet, wet.  Just as well, as the region is very dry indeed.  So what better to while away an hour or so starting my holiday projects.  With several projects packed, it was a matter of deciding what to choose.


With nine blocks traced of New Zealand tree and blossom designs, I decided ...

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