26 April 2016

Oh No!


My magnolia, now taller than the house


has just started to bloom - look at the date -


 when another cold spell descended. Sorry the picture is blurry but it was pouring with rain when I nipped out.



That it for another year I suppose.

Think I have seen this scenario befor.



22 April 2016

How 70s can you get?




or, Woodstock here I come!


Found these two beauties last week.



Home made, hand embroidered , all those polyester knits we know and love.


Now for sale in one of my Etsy shops.





31 March 2016

nice haul.....Liberty scarves




No Liberty scarves have joined my collection since last summer. I was having withdrawal symptoms and  determined to get a fix.



So, for the past 2 weeks I have trolled the thrift stores, I came up with seven!.


This is my favorite, cocoa brown with soft, feminine colours,


followed by the above with the pre-war label.


But this one is a bit of a puzzle, large with a hand rolled edge,  it has a somewhat tacky, glitzy tag with lurex yet!. I think it is the new direction Liberty is following/


Strange scarf here too, I have never seen a striped border before - and I have over 800 Liberty scarves. The border may have been larger and re-hemmed because it is badly hand rolled.

During the same outings some other vintage scarves made it into my basket, I dare not tell you how many. They are making their way into my etsy shop and will keep me busy for a few weeks.

All in all, not a bad haul.




28 March 2016

easter sunday!!!!




Easter Sunday 2016.




One of my Christmas Cactus, blooming for the third time, thinks it may be spring.
Unlike my garden with nary a green shoot.
No sign of spring here in Ontario.




21 March 2016

snappy chariot



Kiwis do so love a snappy chariot!



Usually I do not give a toss about cars,  just something to get me from A - B.


But here, in New Zealand,  the vehicles make me smile.
Whether it is on the highway,


parked on the main street,


in the market square,



or outside the town hall.
.


Now, I could link these photos to the car internet pages, but I don't know what sort of cars they are!




17 March 2016

To Market,to market



Some images of markets from this trip.
I love a local market day.



Santa Monica.

Nelson, NZ. Wednesday Farmers market,



and Saturday general market


and Sunday second hand market.


Coroglen, on the Coromandel peninsula has a charming, rural  Sunday morning event....lots of atmosphere.


Whitianga, of a Saturday morning, in the center of town. ( having trouble with my photo spacing folks!)




Finally, the very lively Rarotonga Saturday morning.


I tried not to spend too much.






08 March 2016

Whitianga



Mercury Bay has been  home for the past couple of weeks.


Basic groceries /Post Office/ Library are in Whitianga, a short ( very short) ferry ride away.


Home to a charming Saturday morning market.



A war memorial  - I always stop to read a few names, its the least I can do.


Four good oppies.  I have only been  to  three of them,  but managed to clean up.


Yesterday the Mercury Bay Area schools were having a swim meet.


 They were  all swimming 2k from Ferry Landing to Whitianga Wharf.
 Intermediate girls were first in.



What a healthy, enthusiastic bunch of kids!

Follow some of the links....much better photos than mine!.



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