Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Absolutely freezing!

No one told me it would be so cold here - but I think this weather is the same all over the country.  Nice stitching weather though, just a pity I have to venture outside to go to work and to walk the dog.  When I did take keira for a walk earlier -  I looked more like someone going to visit Antarctica.

I thought to mentally try to warm myself up, I would post some nice sunny type photos of my new surrounds.

To get to our community from the city of  Lower Hutt, we have to go up and over the Wainuiomata Hill.  Stunning views from the top though.

This is from the top looking down at Wainuiomata where I live.....


This is looking down towards the Lower Hutt side.....

Petone - the Lower Hutt area closest to the harbour....


Lower Hutt - Hutt Park....


Lower Hutt.....Hutt River....


The marina at Seaview - directly below the Wainuiomata hill.....


Looking out past Seaview and over the harbour towards Wellington City.....  with Matiu/Somes Island in the middle.....

A close up of Matiu/Somes Island.....


A close up of the large ship in the harbour.....


A close up of Wellington.... If you click on the photo you get a view of the wind turbines above the city and our Parliament building - the Beehive which is shaped like a beehive and sitting in the middle of the photo.
The views are stunning on a sunny day.

I will have more stitchy photos soon...hope you liked the scenic shots.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Introducing Tui

After losing my beautiful Chubby we went for a visit to the Wellington SPCA to see what cats they had there.  We saw alsorts of cats, and as lovely as they all were, nothing really took my fancy.  They allowed me into an area that was closed off to the public because of a threat of ringworm in a group of cats.  Thats where I saw her.  A small black 3 year old cat that had been a mother and was now looking for a home.  She came up to me and wouldnt leave.  I had brought my cat cage and when that was brought into the area, she jumped straight in.

I have named her Tui....because she is black with some white tufts under her chin, just like the New Zealand native bird - the Tui.


She has only just started venturing outside...and likes exploring in the garden.  She snuggles up with me in bed at night - sleeping really close.  She enjoys having kitten attacks with her toys and she has the cutest little squeak for a meow.

And there has been no sign of ringworm on her :)

Keira is going through a bit of a jealous stage, just like she did when Chubby arrived.  She will settle down though.  Tui is not so keen on her new doggy sister, and has already swatted Keira on the nose.

Here is an updated photo of Daisy Lane cottage.  Haven't got too far on that...I have a few other things that I am working on and will show photos when I take a few in better light.

At the weekend I spent a fantastic day visiting with some wonderful stitching ladies.  Some of whom I have known for several years online but have only just met.  Kath, Katrina and Wendy have been in my yahoo stitching group for many years and their friends Clare and Rosie were there too.  It was so neat to be able to spend a day with such genuine people who all inspired me with their beautiful stiching.

Tuesday, June 07, 2011

Chubby RIP

Well the heading says it all.  I haven't posted for over a month because of shifting house etc. We have been in Wellington since May 1.  Settled into our house, and I have got myself a finance job at a school.  I decided not to take the original job I was offered, and set out looking for a job myself.  Applied for one and got it.  Getting used to driving in a city again, and getting in a lot of sightseeing and shopping and then something bad happens.....

Getting ready to go to bed last Friday night and thought I had better call Chubby inside.  He called back to me, but something wasnt right.  I grabbed a torch and found him in the neighbours front yard.  He couldnt move his back legs.  He had been hit by a car.  I took him into an emergency vet - it was about 12:30 at night,  and I drove on instinct, because I am not familiar with a lot of the areas.  I got to the vets and it was confirmed he had been hit by a car, his lower back was broken.  So I said goodbye to my lovely Chubby.

I had only had him a year...but at least I gave him that year. He had sat unwanted in the SPCA after being abandoned by his owners.  I am certain he had a great last year....monstering my dog, being continually hungry and taking up most of the bed at night.  But also just being there.....

I will really miss him.