Greetings (at long last) lovely friends & readers
I did not mean to be gone for so long (2 months in fact) !!
Some early spring flowers - picked from my garden just this morning 💛
Just after I hit Publish on my last post, my dear 93 year old Mum became most unwell ... 3 ambulance trips in 10 days from the Resthome - Mum had Influenza A, a U.T.I. as well suffering a T.I.A. My eldest son & I drove down arriving just after midnight to the nearest City Hospital. I ended up staying for nearly 3 weeks until Mum was transferred back to the Resthome & became stable. It was a scary & anxious time & not one I would want to repeat. Upon my return our computer crashed & although I could read blogs on my phone, I couldn't comment. So I feel I have missed out on so much here in blogland & am happy to be able to post again.About 10 minutes drive from Mums home is Ohawe Beach - I went out there frequently for walks along the wild west coast & loved it. I am over an hour from here to a beach so it was wonderful to be able to be so close to the sea.
I confess to being a bit obsessed with taking photos of stunning Mount Taranaki
- he was proudly wearing his white winter coat while I was there.
The top left hand photo is just up the road from Mums, on one of my walks & the top right one is actually taken from my bedroom window at Mums - you can just see it peeking between the rooftops. I grew up with this mountain out my bedroom window & took it SO much for granted. It never fails to take my breath away when I return.
While I was away I celebrated another birthday - 62 years around the sun!! My friend Lynley popped in with a Red Velvet cupcake & candle so I happily blew it out for her. Unfortunately just after our little morning tea Mum was rushed off in the ambulance yet again so my birthday involved 7 hours at A & E ... not exactly how I would recommend celebrating your birthday.
Luckily just before my son & I headed off late into the night I remembered to toss my bag of knitting cotton oddments into the car & I was able to knit lots of dishcloths to fill in the many hours spent sitting in hospitals or Resthomes. I use * this free pattern * & I have knitted so many I can now remember it off by heart.
I miss these two so very much when I am away ... the ginger girl frets & doesn't eat properly until I return, then she sulks with me for a couple of days & then goes back to normal 😉😸 (well normal for her)
While I've been away we have been getting a nice new wooden fence built. This is very exciting for me ... we have always just had a wire fence between our section & the farm & it was falling down, to put it mildly. Every time I would peg out my washing I would be trying to straighten posts that the cows had knocked over. This new post-&-rail fence goes right around the outer perimeter of our section (260 metres) including the depot yard at the end which we rent out.
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The Mr bought one of the farm tractors home to remove the old posts & the furry two found it so incredibly fascinating climbing all over it & checking out the different smells of all the barn cats that live at the farm.
Inevitably there have been some Op Shop visits on my recent trips. The St Vincent de Paul Op Shop in Mum's town had a large stack of plates for only $2 each. Of course I need more china plates like I need a hole in the head, but however ............. these ones came home with me. The two on the far right were only $1 each & the others were all $2 - how could I resist ???!!! 😯
There were other op shop purchases but I think I will show these as I repurpose/upcycle them.
My daughter-in-law Sarah would send me lovely photos of my Grandson while I was away to brighten my days - I absolutely adore this one of Alec, sound asleep with the cat on the bed.Long time readers of my blog may remember the post I wrote about her finding this feral kitten that was so unwell - you can see how dear Bruno has well & truly landed on his
feet paws !! 💙
Wishing you all a wonderful weekend dear friends,
I shall be back soon as I have much to share with you,
Thank you for your ever-welcome visits here today,
With much love & friendship to you all,
Julie & the furry ones x0x0x