07 February 2016

Back in NZ.




Prolific , lush, blooming agapanthus tells me I am back in New Zealand.


Along with the port life,


local fairs ( Kiwis excel in this regard)


and the welcoming signs.


please note the weather.......more to come.




02 February 2016

some things remain the same



Some things remain the same in Rarotonga


The most adorable thrift shop in the world is still there.The volunteer remembered me from last year and I bought this


The backyard fruit is still weird and wonderful.




Pareos are still  exuberantly displayed all over the island.

BUT




the local trawler has been stranded on the reef, so fresh fish is scarce. I was lucky to find these skipjacks which I seared on the BBQ and served with a chilli/lime sauce.




27 January 2016

a few billion bucks





A few days in Los Angeles on my way to New Zealand.
A lovely, if tiring,  day out at the Getty Villa





and the next day at the Getty Museum.
Both are almost overwhelming in riches.



They have the loot of the world!


All this followed by a fabulous concert by the LA Phil in the Walt Disney Concert Hall.


Its wonderful what you can do with a few billion $$$$$$




07 January 2016

A pest of a pattern



Condition is not  of the utmost importance  to me for my growing collection of vintage patterns.


In fact, I like the marginalia, and enjoy the intimacy of these old notes.


 " This one please or Ringside " ( that would be the pattern on the inside back cover,)
Which one did he received,?  what colour was it? Did it fit?


Laughed about this one, " not hard, but a pest of a pattern."
 G Nesbit  marks most of her leaflets " v good", " not good" or " 3 25grm balls for the jacket and bootees ( just)"  


 I wonder whether she is Gwen, Glenda , Gwyneth or maybe, Georgiana.
I bet I would have liked her.







03 January 2016

First of the year



A great collection of unfinished quilt tops.


Bought from a nameless source ( OK, a country quilting shop that is going out of business ) I am slowly adding them to my etsy shop.


I have 11 altogether, some more alluring than others.


I believe they were made in a class held at the shop  - not sure.


Schoolhouse is my favorite.



28 December 2015

on my mind



Yipee!!! reached 900 sales in  my online  vintage scarf shop.


 A multiple sale from a repeat customer that put me over the magic number.

1000, here I come.


But whats with blogger these days? They are disconnecting 'google friends connect' and I no longer receive blog updates from bloggers around the world that I find interesting . I do not see how this can 'improve my blogging experience'

What shall I do?



24 December 2015

mince tarts




Mini mince tarts



with  mincemeat, home made by  my niece, Katy King, a London copper.



Think it was spiked with Amaretto and it was delicious!




Oozy and boozy.



Merry Christmas to all


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