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The 2nd Annual NZ Sew & Eat Historical Retreat

The NZSEHR 2019 in 1360s Medieval gowns thedreamstress.com

After the success of the 2018 NZSEHR, with food, and sewing, and pretty, pretty pictures, the Wellington historical sewing ladies decided we definitely needed to do it again in 2019.

So we picked a sewing theme, and booked the adorable cottage we had last year, and spent our year sewing and planning and dreaming.

And, once again, disaster struck – although this time the disaster was limited to us, and didn’t shut down the whole city!

Instead of an overturned truck closing down the main road, the cottage had to cancel our booking, leaving us scrambling to find a suitable place at short notice, on one of the busiest weekends of the year.

Happily, we found another cute cottage to rent. This time instead of heading up highway 1, along the Kapiti Coast, we headed out to the Wairarapa on highway 2, crossing the Rimutaka Hills, hitting Featherston (where the Time Travellers Ball was held) and turning towards the sea and driving down along between the hills and Lake Wairarapa.

We were sad to loose the place we stayed last year, because it was so lovely, but our new cottage, and the locale, turned out to be fabulous in their own right.

I’ve never seen Lake Wairarapa, or spent any time in that area of the Wairarapa. The lake wasn’t much to see: it’s shallow, muddy, and, unfortunately, heavily polluted; but the landscape was gorgeous. Marshes and swamps along the lake, with black swans by the dozens. And old growth forests, with ancient kowhai trees just at the end of their springtime blooms, dripping in a glory of yellow blossoms.

Nina and I drove along in a chorus of “ooooh, look!” sticking to a tranquil country pace and being altogether much more relaxing than last years white knuckle mountain traverse!

Plus being on a farm was fun: sheep and cows to watch, and pet piggies to feed, and so many birds. We saw more native kererū (NZ Bird of the Year 2018) than I see in a year in Wellington, and fantails, and eastern rosella, quails and pukeko, and even a rūrū (Morepork – the tiny native owl), which I have never seen in the wild.

There were walks to go on, a river to hang out by, a reserve of old trees, and history to explore. The family that owned the farm had been there since the 1840s, and it was wonderful to feel a part of their history for the weekend. The cottage we stayed in was an old farmworkers cottage, probably built in the 30s or 40s, and expanded and renovated.

It was all so gorgeous, and I took SO many photos. Here’s some highlights, featuring Nina of Smash the Stash, Eloise of Linen and LiningHvitr of Historical Living and Priscilla-who-doesn’t-have-a-blog. Sadly Zara wasn’t able to make it.

Saturday:

The NZSEHR 2019 in Regency thedreamstress.com
The NZSEHR 2019 in Regency thedreamstress.com
The NZSEHR 2019 in Regency thedreamstress.com
The NZSEHR 2019 in Regency thedreamstress.com
The NZSEHR 2019 in Regency thedreamstress.com
The NZSEHR 2019 in Regency thedreamstress.com
The NZSEHR 2019 in Regency thedreamstress.com
The NZSEHR 2019 in Regency thedreamstress.com
The NZSEHR 2019 in Regency thedreamstress.com

Sunday

The NZSEHR 2019 in Augusta Stays thedreamstress.com
The NZSEHR 2019 in Augusta Stays thedreamstress.com
The NZSEHR 2019 in Augusta Stays thedreamstress.com
The NZSEHR 2019 in Augusta Stays thedreamstress.com
The NZSEHR 2019 in Augusta Stays thedreamstress.com
The NZSEHR 2019 in 1360s Medieval gowns thedreamstress.com

Sunday evening

The NZSEHR 2019 in 1360s Medieval gowns thedreamstress.com
The NZSEHR 2019 in 1360s Medieval gowns thedreamstress.com
The NZSEHR 2019 in 1360s Medieval gowns thedreamstress.com
The NZSEHR 2019 in 1360s Medieval gowns thedreamstress.com
The NZSEHR 2019 in 1360s Medieval gowns thedreamstress.com
The NZSEHR 2019 in 1360s Medieval gowns thedreamstress.com
The NZSEHR 2019 in 1360s Medieval gowns thedreamstress.com

12 Comments

  1. Christina Kinsey says

    Beautiful dresses and photos, looks like you all had a great time

  2. Oh, how splendiferous! Love those kirtles!

    I’ve never seen a ruru, but sometimes we hear one at night. I hope it meets another ruru and has lots of little fluffy ruru-babies. The more the merrier!

    • Thank you! I’ve seen rūrū in sanctuaries, and possibly once caught a glimpse of one while driving (could have been the introduced owl, or even a harrier), but I’ve never properly seen one in the wild before. And we got SUCH a good look at this one. I hope it had a mate too! Owl babies…zomg!

  3. Elise says

    My favorite was the 18th-century with the 30s housecoat: 100% non-modern! What a wonderful time with talented friends who seem so much fun. Thanks for inviting us to participate!

  4. Tereza says

    I love the dresses on the last photo! Please, is there a pattern I could adapt to make one? And what material are they made of?

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