Friday, February 26, 2010

Pin cushions and pianos.

Well, now I know what ''peak'' season in the accommodation industry is all about - it's called February! My great giddy aunt - I have lost count of the linen I've laundered, the beds I've changed and the brekkies I've made over the past few weeks. But it's been amazing - so many people from all over the world have stayed. And I challenge anyone to make a bed quicker than I can!
This morning I woke to the most gorgeous sunrise - so I hauled myself out of bed, fumbled around for the camera and tip toed out onto the balcony to see what I could get. It was so beautiful, and it never fails to amaze me how quickly a sunrise or sunset changes and is gone.

Haven't had quite so much stitching time lately but this week I did start and finish block five of Vero's mystery quilt - I have to admit that once I start one of her blocks I become a little ''addicted'' for a couple of days until it's finished. I love the way it starts out ''raw'' and then changes as all the little details and finishing touches are added. This month, this block is my favourite.
I'm half way through the first block of Brenda's quilt - it is truly divine. I'll show you soon.
On Friday I did something that I haven't done in years! I was dusting upstairs - and no, thats not the ''something'' though it was starting to look a little obvious that I hadn't dusted in a few weeks and the girls were coming for stitching! Anyway, as I was dusting the piano I lifted the lid and ran my fingers across the keys. It really has been more than ten years, I would say, since I last touched a piano. So I found a very old piece of sheet music in the piano stool, and sat and started to play - pretty rusty for the first few lines of music, but then it all came back! How amazing, I thought - you don't forget. And it was lovely - not the way I was playing 'cos that wasn't the best - but it was just lovely to play again. The piano came with the house so I was pleasantly surprised to find out that it has a fabulous tone, and I think I just might play a little more. Go and do something you haven't done for years and years - it gives you a real buzz, to know that you can still do it, and that you still like doing it! And you wonder why you ever stopped doing it! Oh, and the postie was good to me again this week - this was his treat for me - Robyn Pandolph's new Beach House range of fabric. Yum!!! Fat quarters and charm sqaures in the most heavenly pastel colours and prints.

The firewood saga continues... I was determined to have all my firewood delivered and stacked by the end of February and yesterday I realised that it was the 27th February!!! I had calculated I needed two more loads so I bit the bullet and got both loads at once. Seemed like a good idea at the time until I waltzed down the steps to see the biggest pile of firewood. It may not look so big in this photo....

... but believe me - it was BIG!!! For what seemed like hours we didn't even make a dent in it but then finally there was light at the end of the tunnel, or in this case, wood stack. We trudged up and down the steps and garden for four long hours, minus a few short jellybean revival breaks. A handful of giant jellybeans every so often eases the pain! So, now it's done - all neatly stacked and I only hope there is enough 'cos I don't want to do this again until this time next year. I have to be very honest and admit that I am feeling my age today - was a little sore first thing this morning - discovered a few muscles that I didn't know I had - cruel and unusual punishment it is!! It took a little more than jellybeans to encourage Jake to participate this time - when the load was delivered he just looked at me as if to say ''are you mad?'' and shook his head. Monetary enticement was called for!

I have a movie lined up for tonight - and stitching - finishing off a couple of things. Have a lovely stitchy week.



By Hoki Quilts said...

Oh my goodness, wood stacking is really not one of my favourite jobs, thank goodness we get cheap coal here and are allowed to burn it. i know it's not that good for the atmoshere but it does me OK.
Good on you for having a go on the ivories, I should get out my cornet, but I think the neighbours (which are cows) would end up with curdled milk!
have a great week, hugs

kiwicarole said...

I have done the firewood thing, we got ours end of November. It should be full of spiders and mice by now! LOL Do you plan to stock/sell that Beach House range of fabric?
Carole :)

Anonymous said...

All that work for the fire and it all gets burnt up and you have to do it again next year it a bugger!!!!I hate it.
Just love the latest from Robyn just love her colours..Love getting your blog...Di from Napier

clare's craftroom said...

We haven't even started thinking of wood yet , you are way more organised than us . How lovely to hear of your return to piano playing , I hope you can make time for it as it must be very soothing .

Anonymous said...

Man, when I see that load of wood, and remember my huffing and puffing when only carrying a sewing machine up those steps.....whew I know Jake earned his $$! Your new fabrics are gorgeous, would love to swap contents of mailboxes for awhile! Have just been stitching "Santa"at Rachels house as we were the only ones to turn up for Stitching tonight. Had a lovely catch-up, look forward to seeing you at some stagem take care regards Cherie :-)