Beth and Mikey came down for the weekend and we spent our time exploring, eating, op shopping, luging, laughing, eating, drinking, watching a movie, playing board games, drinking, laughing, eating, reading, biking (Mikey), napping (me), eating..... until it was time for them to leave. I waved goodbye and prepared to settle in for the rest of the week.
It was so nice to spend a sustained period of time when I didn't have to do anything, I could just do anything. I spent my time reading two and a half novels, more op shopping, sleeping, walking and crafting. It's been pretty full on starting a new job so I haven't really been crafting - just blobbing out in front of the tv too exhausted to think creatively, let alone make anything. I've known for a really long time that being creative feeds my spirit but when life gets busy it seems to be the first thing to go. As I cut, pinned, sewed, embroidered, knit and generally created I felt energised... and extremely productive!! Here are the fruits of my labour....
Knitted red wool bracelet and vintage blanket heart decorations
Ipad cover made from a vintage NZ wool blanket, vintage buttons with an airforce badge on the front....
.... and an army badge on the back!
Nine vintage NZ wool blanket cushions
As you can tell, I love grey blankets. I particularly love the grey blanket with the red stripe up the middle. (I've only ever found one!)
Vintage blankets and doilies
And then it was time to pack up and head home. I enjoy a good road trip but the road can get monotonous so I like to take regular breaks. I stopped for afternoon tea at this lovely cafe that seems to be from another era....
Homemade apple cake presented beautifully on a Crown Lynn plate
Star-glass room dividers
The cafe's chooks
Love it! As I headed back to Auckland I felt like I had experienced a real slice of NZ country hospitality!!