Happy(very belated) New Year!!
I hope you've had a great start to 2012 and that everything is going your way.......
I had visions of a long hot summer, spending time with the kids, in the garden, on the farm, and hopefully lots of long evenings stitching....... but so far it's been anything but lazy! Not too much time for gardening or stitching yet and the kids have been spending time with us, helping out on the farm........
We had New Years Day off farm work, so I added the borders to my A Gardeners Journal,(sorry no pics yet) while the kids played on their motorbikes with Dad, and their uncle and cousins. Since then there has been three days of sorting lambs, drenching, weighing etc, 4 days back at my off-farm job, two days this last weekend travelling to Oamaru for a quick overnight visit with friends, and a fair bit of time worrying about the drought situation we have developing.
We have had about 6mm of rain in the last 7 weeks, compared to our average 150mm or more for that period. The rest of New Zealand has been experiencing a terrible summer, flooding in some place and lots of rain, but down south we have had a truly old-fashioned summer. While it's been great not wondering how I'll ever get the washing dry on the clothesline, we are starting to despair. We have a load of 750 lambs leaving tomorrow, just the smaller ones, they are heading north to Canterbury for finishing, who ironically are usually sending lambs to Southland by this time of the season ...... how the tables have turned! I've already bought one truckload of water, and will probably need another 25,000lt within a few days.
You know it's dry here when the lambs would rather come in a slightly ajar gate and eat the lawn than stay in their paddock........lol .... and this was taken on the 29th of December, things are a lot worse since then. You also know you're a blogger when you go and get the camera before you chase them out. lol
I have managed a couple of quick stitchy starts though, this little freebie from Lizzie Kate .........
........ and a half-finished little bag for me in Nicey Jane fabrics.... my current favourite. Back at Christmas time I did get some more Butterfly Garden miniblocks done too, but need to take some pics.
Today I have started excavating in my sewing room, it's been a dumping ground for everything recently, and I've sorted out a few projects that need some urgent attention. There have been so many wonderful SAL's and new and exciting stitchy projects starting online, but for now I am resisting the urge of joining in anything else for a while...... we'll see how long that lasts though! In the interests of full and open disclosure I have to confess that I have been gathering fabrics for My Favourite Things, the new Stitch-A-Long project for 2012. I put my name down for this SAL last year, and I'm not meant to start it till my Gardeners Journal quilt is all finished, but I am 90% sure I will be getting that quilted professionally, so I've done all I can on that one for now! I won't be starting that for a week or two though.
I've also updated my WIP list for 2012 on a new page at the top of the blog.......... and will try and post to the Sew It's Finished blog in the next few days.
OK - if you've lasted through all that, thank you, you deserve a medal! I'll be trying to catch up on my blog reading and emails tonight and tomorrow, so till next time .............. happy stitching ....Nicky