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August 12, 2019
a weekend of quiltiness . . . from Count it *all* JOY!

What a lovely weekend!  It was filled with a lot of quiltiness. For one thing, I've been very diligent about getting in at least fifteen minutes of  'quilting' in each day.  Whether it's hand-work or sewing or shopping or designing or organizing in the Nook ... I've been very successful in hitting my goal and actually exceeding it on most days, which is very exciting to me!

Thursday kicks off my weekend (we work four, ten-hour days), and Thursday evening I did a little more embroidery sketching and then spent some grand time with the girls!
This little ...

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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 17, 2019
My Blogging Helper from Romany Quilting

Gemma is doing her bit to help me while I’m blogging.  As I’m tapping away on the keyboard she is keeping the lap top bag warm and secure as she stretches out on her back.   Basking in the sunshine is something that cats certainly enjoy.

A perfectly content kitty

Our road trip continues, and we took a trip to Kairakau Beach, a rather rugged coastline with plenty of good fishing we were told.

Kairakau Beach

Then stopped off at the local pub for lunch.  Fish Chowder was on the menu so that was what I chose.  So tasty ...

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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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October 16, 2018
Now in New Plymouth from Romany Quilting

We are in New Plymouth for several days, just take a look at this glorious mountain which is looking down over us.   Early mornings are often the best time to catch a glimpse of Mt Egmont without too many clouds obscuring the view.  Also known as Mount Taranaki, it  is New Zealand's most perfectly formed volcano. The mountain is around 120,000 years old and last erupted in 1775 and volcanologists agree that the mountain is 'dormant' rather than extinct.

Mt Egmont

If our little Gemma was interested in such things, she could look out the caravan window to ...

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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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September 16, 2018
I’ve been looking everywhere! from Romany Quilting

This weekend we are away at a caravan club rally, a chance to give my sore throat and head a change of scene.  I’m slowly coming right, and as often happens, my cough worsens at night.  While packing up for our three day weekend away, I was looking everywhere for my sewing pouch, where I keep my New Zealand Botanical stitchery blocks.  I looked here, and there, in all sorts of cubby holes, and then again in the places I’d already searched, just in case it’d missed it the first time!  Checked the caravan of course, but ...

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August 28, 2018
lakeside weekend . . . from Count it *all* JOY!

I retreated this weekend.

Aaaaaaaaaaah. It was good. Cuz I mean I really retreated. Like, no cell service or WiFi. In a house on a lake. With quilt-minded friends. 
It was *real* good.

We arrived midday on Friday and set our stuff up and got straight down to business. Lunch. Wink, wink.
And then sewing. (Of course!)

We went out to dinner on Friday evening, but before we went to the restaurant, we stopped and met up with a local long-armer (who's also in our guild) and toured her beautiful quilting space.
I mean, wow, what a set-up.
And ...

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July 23, 2018
The New Kitten Keeps us Busy from Romany Quilting

We'd forgotten, or chose not to remember, jus how much of a time waster having a new kitten can be.  There’s balls to be rolled, cuddles to be shared, and antics to be exclaimed over.  And  keeping a good eye out on such a live wired little Missy when we are opening doors.  We don’t want her venturing outside until she has had her second vaccination, and been micro-chipped. 

Gemma loves patting those little balls around

Then last Friday we had an all day trip to collect a new to us car.  The dealer drove the car ...

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February 25, 2018
Another Quilting Shop from Romany Quilting

Quite by accident, we stumbled across another quilt shop on our travels.  “June’s Room” has only been trading for about three years, so was not here when we last visited Nelson six years ago.  I had a look around while Robin sat on the handy seat outside on the verandah.


What a delight of colour inside the rather plain shop front.  Beautiful fabrics, knitting yarn,kits and patterns,  and I rather liked the embroidered “chocolate” tea towels with the cute sayings.  There was a gorgeous range of batiks, I’m always rather drawn to them, and lots of black ...

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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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November 11, 2017
A Little more Hand Stitching from Romany Quilting

A little bit of time here and there all adds up, and I’ve been working away on my second native bird stitchery while on our caravan holiday.  This one is a tui, a nectar feeder who loves to sip on the yellow kowhai blossoms in Spring.  Although not finished yet, the stitchery is coming along nicely.

Working on my tui stitchery

We arrived home safely from our two weeks away  - and I’ll share a few more holiday snaps with you.  We came home along a different route for a change, and driving down a steep hill, we caught ...

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