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December 3, 2020
Family Time from Romany Quilting

After a horror trip over the Napier-Taupo Road on Tuesday we were pleased to arrive at our destination.  It may well have been the first day of summer, but the weather gods weren’t listening.  Strong winds, rain, swirling clouds and low temperatures combined with 150kms or so of hilly roads made for a rather trying trip.  We are staying at the Hawkes Bay Golf Club for several nights, and we were made very welcome when we went to pay our fees.  In fact we were advised that the club restaurant is open on the next few nights when twilight ...

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November 30, 2020
Hello Santa, Train Ride, and a little stitching from Romany Quilting

Santa and his Elf friend came calling while we were at Pauanui, weren’t we lucky he knew just where to find us.  Guess the pair of us had been very well behaved this year as our names were called up to go and sit on Santa’s knee.  Poor Santa, we didn’t really want to cause him an injury, so just gave him a cuddle instead.

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So nice to see you, Santa

I had a mishap in the caravan when we first arrived, tripping and falling and giving my jaw a great whack.  So spent the rally sporting ...

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November 24, 2020
Where are we Now? from Romany Quilting

Leaving Taupo behind we spent the next night out in rural Paeroa.  You may remember that we had discovered that the young Lone Pine planted behind the  National Army Museum had originated from seeds collected in 2012 from the Turkish red pine growing at Paeroa Golf Course.  We were so close – of course we wanted to see this famous tree.   So we drove off to see if the staff at the golf club could help us in our quest.  They were so helpful and we were kindly escorted over the greens to see the tree and the accompanying plaque.

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“There ...

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November 18, 2020
Cats on Tour from Romany Quilting

We are away on another trip (lucky us), the weather was good and the car and caravan just hummed along.  We had our  favourite radio station belting out all the songs from the 50s, 60s and 70s “songs that you know and love”, as the adverts say, rather like spending time with good friends, as we hummed along.  Gemma came too, of course, and she is quite good on car rides, she usually spends her time beside me, leaning on the consul with her head facing backwards as we drive along.  Rather like an ostrich with her head in the ...

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October 26, 2020
It’s my Birthday from Romany Quilting

The year has rolled around and it’s my birthday again.  This weekend was spent with our caravan club buddies at Kaitoke   Regional Park in Upper Hutt.  Instead of birthday cake we supplied some lovely light sponges with fresh cream and jam for afternoon tea on Friday.

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Happy Birthday to me

It was a long three day weekend and the park was full to bursting with hoards of happy campers.  Some in caravans and campervans like us, and lots of people in tents too.  The area is classified as a rain forest and the hills are covered in beautiful native ...

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October 22, 2020
Busy, Busy from Romany Quilting

I’ve been busy in the kitchen today, preparing meals for our upcoming three day weekend away in the caravan.  So what have I made?  Asparagus quiche for a start, made with fresh new season asparagus, that should do us for a meal or two.  Then some bacon and egg bites,  a recipe I found on BBC Food,  some of these had double yolk eggs.  Very  tasty too, and will do for lunches while we are away. It’s always handy to have some easy meals prepared, and  I made a date loaf as well. 

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Baking for the weekend

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October 11, 2020
A Weekend Away, and a Surprise Meeting from Romany Quilting

We have had a weekend away with the caravan club,  up at Himatangi so not too far to drive.  Just a short weekend trip, two nights away, so it seemed that we arrived back home before we knew it.  It is Spring here now, which can mean cool times along with the warm, and the season often brings blustery windy weather.

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Staying at Himatangi Beach

Our club members enjoyed a scrummy morning tea on Saturday when we drove through to Sanson for a visit to Viv’s Kitchen “Food the way it used to be”.    We’ve been here before ...

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September 6, 2020
Blue Socks finally finished from Romany Quilting

Its taken me quite some time,but I’ve finally finished knitting my pair of blue socks.  These are knitted on two needles, and they came on a holiday in the caravan with me where I stitched the side seam up.

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My blue socks

I’m quite new to this sock knitting business and found the heels a bit of a challenge.  These were started in a class at my favourite quilt shop some time ago.  As I had long realised that I couldn’t cope with knitting on four sock needless, it seemed the ideal pattern for me.  Sewing ...

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August 20, 2020
Something for Gemma from Romany Quilting

I’ve been doing some sewing over the last coupe of days, something for our beautiful Birman Gemma.  She really needed another couple of “cat mats” – I have one under her litter box and another under her feeding tray.  They certainly serve the purpose of keeping the flooring clean but of course they need frequent laundering.  It goes without saying that cat lovers would have some kitty fabric in the stash, and I found two novelty type fat quarters tucked away, so that is what I used.

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Two cat mats for Gemma

These were made very simply, just two layers ...

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August 14, 2020
Will we - wont we? from Romany Quilting

Here we are camped in the little town of Takapau in the Hawkes Bay where we have been for a couple of days. Other than the caretaker, we ae the only ones staying here, so had the choice of where we wanted to park.  This is a very reasonably priced camp, and we are nice and toasty with a power site, plus our cozy diesel heater too, keeping us warm.

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Staying at Takapau

The weather started out fine, but rather chilly, probably because of the snow on the Ruahine Ranges.

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A little snow on the Ruahine Ranges

Our trip to ...

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July 12, 2020
Teddy Bear Stitching from Romany Quilting

This bit of slow stitching was completed while we were away this weekend on a caravan trip.  I finished stitching the flowers surrounding the teddy bear, using blue/purple, and two shades of pink.  I can’t do “random” so the colours were used in the same place on each spray.  What does that say about me, I wonder?  I like to think I work this way because my star sign is Libra, the Scales of Justice, and I like things even and balanced.  That’s my story, anyway.

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Teddy Bear Stitchery

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June 29, 2020
Home again from Romany Quilting

Our three week holiday ended with us attending a weekend rally at Masterton.  This was the first caravan club rally since the months of Lockdown, and it was great to meet up with everyone again.  The rain continued most of the weekend, making things rather wet underfoot, but didn’t really dampen our spirits at all.

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Mawley Park Motor Camp, Masterton

The days were fairly free, and several took the opportunity to have a nice lunch out downtown, while others did a grocery shop, all helping out the local economy. The usual club Morning Teas and 4zees took place, and ...

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June 26, 2020
Rainy Days Camping from Romany Quilting

Time to move on again on our trip, and we drove along the Desert Road.  No chance of a photo of Mt Ruapehu this time, the mountain was covered in low clouds.  After a brief stop for lunch, off we went again.  Turning off SH1 we took the road over Vinegar Hill.  Vinegar Hill was named after an incident in early colonial times: a bullock cart carrying barrels of vinegar overturned after the bullocks slipped on the muddy track on the hillside, covering the hillside in vinegar from the broken barrels.  Couldn't you just imagine the mess, and the ...

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June 21, 2020
Holiday Stitching from Romany Quilting

Not a great deal of stitching has been happening on this trip – just a little more on my teddy stitchery.  I’ve now added some blue flowers to the yellow daisy garland, it’s looking quite nice I think.  By doing a little stitching here and there, it all slowly adds up.

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A little more done on this

We had a fun day out with Awakeri Rail Adventures the other day   on one of those dinky little  rail carts, traveling along the former Taneatua Branch Line.  Rail traffic declined over the years and the line closed in 2001.  Awakeri Rail ...

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June 15, 2020
Where have we been? from Romany Quilting

So where have we been?  Rotorua, for a start – which has a love story to tell.  From where we were staying, I could just get a glimpse of Lake Rotorua and Mokoia Island.  The Maori legend tells of two lovers.   Tutanekai lived on Mokoia Island and Hinemoa was a princess of a tribe that lived on the shores of the lake. Though deeply in love, Hinemoa's parents had forbidden them to meet. In desperation Hinemoa swam to Mokoia Island guided by Tutanekai's flute, and so began Rotorua's most famous legend. Arriving at the island Hinemoa rested in ...

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June 8, 2020
Off on a Road Trip from Romany Quilting

After three long months at home it was time to pack the caravan and get traveling.  We are off on a road trip again.  Three weeks away - how exciting!  I made sure to put nice cozy fleecy sheets on the bed before we left home – our last trip away was in summer but things are so much cooler now.

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And since we are off on holiday, it seemed the ideal time for my hard working sewing machine to get some TLC.  We called in to see the wonderful  technician Barry who will give her a good clean and service while ...

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April 29, 2020
Another Roll of the Dice from Romany Quilting

Here we go again, another week, and another dice roll.  Oops, don’t think it happened last week, but who’s counting these days?  This week I will be working on number one from my List of Six, my neutral strings blocks.  This was started quite some time ago, so I’m pleased to have it to the top of the list again.  I had stitched a whole pile of neutral string pieced blocks, made ages  ago when I started on “Roll, Roll, Cotton Boll”, a Bonnie Hunter mystery quilt.  This was as far as I got with the quilt ...

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March 9, 2020
Last Days on Holiday from Romany Quilting

So what have we been doing on the last days of our holiday?  Plenty, it seems, although sadly  no more stitching took place, we were much too busy traveling and sight seeing.  We stayed in Solway Park, Masterton for a couple of nights.  Our group made the most of sheltering under the large shady trees for Happy Hour.  The clock has just ticked over to Autumn and already the ground is carpeted with fallen leaves.  These crunchy leaves almost want to make you to get out there and kick them around.

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Staying at Solway Park, Masterton

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March 1, 2020
Stitching and Sightseeing from Romany Quilting

It’s been a busy old time away on holiday over the last couple of weeks and I’ve done a little stitching in between travel and sightseeing.  One of the items I’m working on is a stitchery, a cute little teddy bear which will eventually become a cot quilt.  I have done the teddy so far, and still have to stitch the surrounding flower garlands.  I’m ever hopeful that my grand-daughters will give us a great grandchild one day, guess I’ll just have to be patient and wait.

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Cute little teddy bear

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February 23, 2020
Back to Napier for Art Deco Festival from Romany Quilting

After staying for a few days in rural Maraekakaho, south of Hastings, the next stop on our ICA rally was to Napier for the Art Deco Weekend.   The Art Deco Trust puts together a very full programme,  and as first time attendees, everything was new to us.  The highlight to us was the vintage car parade, with 300 pre-1946 cars registered.   We spent some time admiring these beauties as they awaited the start of the parade.  How did the passengers clamber up into those dickey seats and get settled while dressed to the nines, I wonder?

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Lovingly restored vintage cars ...

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