Tuesday, March 22, 2011

The Last 10 days

Last Saturday morning (over a week ago now....), saw us trip into Wellington (the girls that is...left the menfolk behind... as you do! Rowing Man was at a medical education thingee for 2 days anyway), up to Karori... to check out PiecebyPiece, the cutest little quilt shop, had some gorgeous scrummy fabrics and quilting goodies

   and the a meander down Tinakori Rd, popping in and out of shops at will and leisure...

   just whatever took our fancy, found this terrific French looking furniture place, absolutely smashing, must come back here once we eventually get around to building our dream home... this really was the most gorgeous shop!!!
 
 great finds here... we thought this was a coffee bar, sounds like it could be huh... but no it was one of those fun pokey-round-a-bit-and see-what-you-can-find shops...
like this colorful old crochet cushion!

next we found a few of these old really narrow streets, they really looked more like driveways then streets,



we were being a bit cheeky really having a nose, but they were so delightful! and Green Girl loved the lavendar...


 just shows you how much we have upsized, Teeny tiney little turn-of-the-century-workman cottages

they have been renovated and tidied to the highest standards, and now protected by the local heritage society

 Saturday evening & Sunday saw us do a spot of grandbaby minding... not ours... I wish!
 and Sunday we were of to Te Marua to Sawmillers Quiltery, but missed on seeing Julz, guess she was off on one her bike trips...it was Sunday after all..Sawmillers have the most wonderful annual festival which I think must be one of those things that you simply have to go to at least one time!
 and then a lovely morning devonshire tea at Stonestead, next door... scrummy yummy fresh scones 'n' jam! ... or chutney for those of us that had a savoury scone..
 a delight for the young also... 
 
 and ever so fresh looking lemons growing in the garden..
these guys were so patient while we were browsing in the quilt shop... we were quite quick... (NOT!!)
 then, we donned our hats, and played ladies for the afternoon at the local garden club's high Sunday afternoon tea party...

 in our best china cups! Played croquet, and petanque, and wandered around the most delightful garden..
 
 Monday saw us take a trip up the Kapiti coast to visit Rowing Man's mum, it is a beautiful drive, and was a good day in the car, chatting, yakking, catching up....
and of course it was number one daughter's (aka Green Girl),  birthday, so what a stroke of luck being in Wellington for that! What birthday is not complete with a delightfully decdent mudcake???...altho she may not be too happy with me when she sees this photo, but it was the only cake on I took..

 and the obligatory... and well deserved toasts to the birthday gal!

 Monday, Rowing Man was at a meeting (medical stuff...), and Green Girl was back at work, as were my good friends we stayed with, so i tiki toured around Wellington all by myself, and had a great day, ...

Last week was a busy one getting a few customer quilts out, and the usual shop stuff, there were several groups passing through on their way to the Annual Wanaka Embroidery Symposium (... must go next year), so the shop was very steady.. more on that later..
AND...

We held our annual Twizel Country Day on Saturday which was a wonderful success,... but more on that later too..

 I hope you had a wonderful time over the last week or so as well!


p.s. some greatmust-see exhibitions on in Wellington currently; A Slice of Heaven @ Te Papa, a tribute to Kiwiana over the last several decades; and a must see Crown Lynn exhibition on @ The City Gallery,

5 comments:

Allie said...

I don't know what I'm more envious of, all the beautiful places you went or the gorgeous sunshine! Happy Birthday to your dd!

loulee said...

Sounds like a great time, I wish I could have tagged along.

Connie said...

O what a lovely post, so many great photos and fun things to do.

Leeann said...

I went to the Saw Millers Quiltery during Wellington Symposium and really loved it. Is such a lovely shop and the scones next door are divine, I loved how he made them specially for us. Shame is a bit far to go from here (Whangarei).

Julz said...

Oh damn and blast Shiree, just caught up on your blog and saw that not only had you been up to Welly - but also visited Sawmillers Quiltery - aargh! Another opportunity missed to meet you :) Perhaps 3rd time lucky it will be. Hugs Jxx