Saturday, 7 June 2014
Dog, cat and earrings
Here's the dog - amazing rock formation near Waitomo, photo taken by my son Phil a few weeks ago. Reminds me of the games we used to play trying to form recognisable animals as shadows on a wall. I think a butterfly was the best I could do - lock thumbs and wiggle the 'hands' for wings.......
I was looking for a pair of earrings recently, retro ones in a particular orange and green, so out came a couple of containers from the cupboards under the wardrobe [yes, an actual wooden wardrobe with curved sides, a mirror that takes me down two dress sizes, a drawer in the centre and two cupboards with curved doors on either side] and there it was -
a little battered, metal and bought at a jumble sale in England in the eighties on one of my family visits.
It's a cigarette box [I became a non smoker in 1976 - June the 16th to be exact!] but I loved the box, and had to have it for the box of matches and the slogan - looks like I paid three pound for it.
The slogan says "Craven "A" will not affect your throat" - hmmmmmmm
At the end of the road where I lived in Selsey, was a shop; actually an ordinary house where they had turned part of the ground floor into a shop - sort of like a dairy nowadays, no idea if it's still there - but on the end of the wall of the house, with maximum frontage was a huge metal sign of just that red matchbox - I used to read it every day and I remember having difficulty when I was little with the word 'throat' - funny, the things we recall from childhood.
At the meeting of Capital Quilters recently a donation was made to the Shut-in Stitchers - a large bag of mainly fabric, on the top was a large piece of beautiful, paisley style which is much in demand among some of the women.
I noticed a bit sticking out the side and when I opened out the fabric, there was more....
All those little triangles, so nearly joined and carefully ironed, so I turned it over -
Oh my goodness, it's a kind of Stack and Whack, isn't it?
The same number of strips that have been joined are waiting to be sewn together - I'll have to find one of the women who has the skills to finish this - wish me luck!
- How funny, I've just opened my quotation app and it says, "A problem is a chance for you to do your best." Duke Ellington - no way I'm going to finish sewing this!
In the middle of this long gravel beach stood a group of three 8 foot tall rocks.
After a monster southerly storm and a few earthquakes here last year, the middle one was swallowed by the Cook strait.
At a slow 5th of a second shutter speed, one of the two remaining rocks gains salty wings.
Wainui Coast, Wellington.
And the earrings - very prosaic, but pretty I think - well maybe pretty is the wrong word, but they do make a statement!
Thanks for dropping by,