Saturday, April 30, 2011

A knitted dress for TLM

I used the free knitting pattern called Oriental Lily, on the Ravelry site. The main part of the dress is made from an acrylic yarn called Robin Paintbox, and the lilac bands are from a single ball of cotton/acrylic Wendy yarn. The acrylic stuff was a bit on the plasticky side, but it was the only one with the right kind of variegated colouring, which I could be sure wouldn't cause any irritation.

holiday snaps

Here's a view of Mt Ruapehu from one of the walks we went on
 I didn't take many photos, and even fewer are sufficiently anonymous to post up on the Internet...
And this is the rather flashy glass basin in the flashy bathroom of our motel unit

Wednesday, April 27, 2011


What a lovely time we had! Who'd have thought that a long weekend in a town known for carrot-farming would be so much fun?

The best bits:
  • stopping off at the adventure playground in Levin, a great place that ought to be a tourist destination
  • hanging out with our friends
  • walks in the fern-y rainforest at the foot of Mt Ruapehu
  • TLM being really excited before, during and after our stay
  • TLM finding a new best friend in DOTH
  • the Easter egg hunt, in which the long-legged boy took on the dual roles as "hare" and Easter bunny, TLM and DOTH kept up with him most impressively, and I impressively kept up with them
  • watching Ricky Gervais on Sesame Street singing a "N is for..." lullaby (you had to be there)
  • the gorgeous golden-leaved deciduous trees that graced the land on either side of the bridge just before Taihape (on the other side of the big gumboot)
The bits that were less good, to balance out the universe:
  • having to come home on Monday
  • the rain on Monday, which prevented us from re-visiting Levin's adventure playground
  • lunch at McDonalds (again, on Monday) - I used to wonder whether I was just being a food snob; but actually I really hate the food and feel almost ill knowing that I'm completely wasting my calorie allowance by ingesting that stuff
  • none of the outlet shops in Otaki were open when we drove by, due to it being ANZAC Day, which was really disappointing because we were in the mood for a bargain-hunting spree and I wanted to check out the Kumfs sale
Technically, TLM and I are still on holiday as I've taken this half of the school holidays off work. So I have another 4 days of blissfully work-free days!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011


We are going away for the long Easter weekend!

Even better, we are going with Make Tea Not War , Gamester at Large and DOTH (no blog as far as I know) who is similar in age to TLM.

We're not sharing accommodation so we'll get the best of both worlds - company when we desire it, but not when we're itching to go to bed and everyone else wants to stay up late and drink pear cider. Or something.