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Getaway to Golden Bay

So, in case you were wondering why there were no posts at all for 5 days last week, it’s because I escaped on a ‘no internet, no worries’ weekend with a bunch of fantastic friends, including the wonderful Theresa who was over from Melbourne, Chiara who is finally back from the States, and other wonderful buddies who you may recognise from photoshoots and music videos. We took four and a half days, skipped over the channel to the South Island, and sunned ourselves in aptly named Golden Bay.  (‘sunned’ meaning subjected ourselves to small amounts of outdoor time after liberal application of sunscreen – the only person who got even a tiny bit burnt was me.  I forgot to put sunscreen on my part and my scalp got a bit pink and sore). It was supposed to be a ‘no internet’ weekend, but some people just didn’t get the ‘no technology’ memo: Still, there were plenty of long walks down country roads in the middle of nowhere: And lazy cup-of-tea mornings on porches overlooking the …

What I did on my summer vacation

On Christmas day, sweltering in an unexpected heat wave, and waiting for news, Mr D’s cousin’s partner and I went for a walk along the tiny stream near the in-laws house, hoping to find a pool big enough to stand in to cool off. We found the perfect little pool, I was ankle-deep in heaven, I took a step forward, and discovered that the pool had another inhabitant, who also moved forward to protect its territory.  There was a bit of an undiginified scramble out of the water but at least I managed to refrain from squealing. So what charged me?  A New Zealand eel. There are two varieties of native eels in NZ – the longfin, found only in New Zealand, and the shortfin, which is also found in Australia and across the Pacific.  Both are threatened due to loss of habitat and overfishing. The eels are pretty amazing creatures.  They live to be over 100 years old, grow only a cm or two a year, and breed only once at the very end …

HSF Challenge 2: UFO – three ways to interpret it

The first proper Historical Sew Fortnightly challenge is done – some amazing things were created, it’s so exciting!  Mine is done but not quite photographed, so I’ll do that tomorrow and post about it Wednesday after the Rate the Dress. And then it’s time to work on the next one… The next challenge is UFO – Un-Finished Object.  Use this opportunity to finish off something that’s never quite gotten done, or stalled halfway through. I’m finishing the Luna Moth frock: I thought this would be super easy, because I have so, so many UFOs to tackle.  I assumed everyone else would have the same problem.  I didn’t count on two things. To my absolute delight, there are a lot of seamstresses doing the HSF as their first introduction to historical sewing, so they don’t have any historical UFOs, and; Some of you are ridiculously organised and have no UFOs.  I am so envious! If you fall into one of these two categories, fear not, I have a solution.  There are three ways to interpret this …