Creative Chaos

Creative Chaos

Thursday 19 January 2017

December/January little things

I thoroughly enjoyed my Opal sock wool advent calendar. Every day there was a new little delight to discover - all variegated and a few rather bizarre colour mixes in there...

 Took me about 6 weeks to find the limited edition Griffins Christmas biscuit tins. Not bought for the biscuits - bought for the tins, ' cause you know... tins! These represent corrugated iron, flax and a kiwi beach towel.
 New umbrella love - one can not sit out in the NZ sun for more than 5 minutes in the burning sun. Most of the country would say summer was still to arrive - the south has been hit by a massive storm today and temperatures are plummeting! It's summer in NZ!

 Now look at how lovely and lush and green my hedge is before Christmas. And the privacy...
 One of my dear aunts made this for me and sent me a surprise parcel. I adore it!
 New Year's Eve fireworks in Rotorua - they were incredible!

 Rotorua even had a Christmas tree made out of random bits of cycles!
  I found this road near some NZ town - can't remember exactly where I was now! Near Te Awamutu perhaps???
 Our beautiful front lawn with jacaranda flowers everywhere

 The reading pile... finished the Lake House last week - highly recommended!
 The year 8 pile - most of it gone into the recycling pile now. A few things were kept. You find exam results and all sorts of things in piles like this. Merits in Australian exams etc! Things you would never know about unless you'd gone through page after page. Man schools go through photocopying paper!
 Look! look at my lovely hedge last Friday at 9am...
 love this view...
 and this is so beautiful and green and relaxing and private...
 and what the?!?!
 That view has gone.

 NOT at all happy. Landlord next door is livid with us as we stopped her contractor. We wanted some privacy. So did the tenants. The tenants are livid with her, as they themselves didn't want OUR hedge that low either. The stupid woman is now getting a survey done to see boundaries, as she does not believe our boundary survey.  We now look into each other's windows. She has been informed she is never touching the hedge ever again or we will be issuing her with a trespass notice (we then found out she was 80....). I'm still looking at it and sighing! Grow little hedge, grow.
 Look how many balls of wool/cotton I knitted last year. Yikes! That basically is a ball of wool a week.
 A kind person bought back Builders' tea from Booths in Preston, UK for me. It is yummy. Builders' tea. Have you ever?! Hilarious. Biscuits are from a workmate from Christmas.
 I found these cute little clipboards in Kmart for $2 !! They are perfect for keeping one penfriend's letter on it (I write long letters usually!) - I am always writing more than one letter at a time. They are perfect for keeping pages together. I usually write on a mixture of pages too - I've so much lovely stationery - am trying so hard to not buy anything new.

And that's a few little things.


  1. What a lovely newsy post. I love the cross stitch that your aunt made for you, that's so pretty. I can understand why you're upset about the hedge, I would be too as I like some privacy in my garden. I hope it grows back quickly and that you get the boundary issue sorted out.

  2. So lovely to catch up on so many things. Such a shame about the hedge, the good thing is that it will grow back in time! Sometimes when plants get a good hard chopping it actually promotes a lot of new growth so I hope that will be the case for you. I really like your tins, especially the one we would call "wrinkly tin" which is the corrugated iron one.

  3. we bought a new umbrella last year and it made a huge difference! You are doing so many things, makes me want to tidy and declutter and discover stuff :) :)