Down and in – Update on Build

Progress continues at pace now and our project manager (Caleb) is doing a great job of keeping us informed around what’s happening on site. He’s also full of advice and general helpfuln…

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House Inspiration

It’s been wet and wild here in the Waikato for the past few weeks which is hindering our house build.  Our excavator Sam has taken every opportunity he to catch up with the ground works and finally, we have a platform we can build on.

Section 24 July

As you can see the ground is still very wet so some way to go before our builders can lay the foundations.

We’ve been making the most of the wet weather to do some windows shopping to get some ideas on how to furnish the house when complete.  Today’s search took us to Freedom Furniture.

We haven’t decided on internal paint colours yet but we’ll probably keep it quite neutral so will brighten the rooms up up with colourful accessories.  Orange seems to be the colour of the moment in many stores.  Such a lovely warm colour.

Have a great week.



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House Progress

The excavations have finally started on our section.  As it’s on a hill there’s a lot of soil to move around so the builders can create a level building platform.

Section 4 9 July 16

It’s very slow progress as it’s all weather dependent.  Of course, as soon as we received Resource Consent the rain set in.

Section 2 9 July 16

We’ve also started to do a lot of window shopping to get interior design ideas. I love the boldness of these colours.

Mugs Orange Dinner set

This would be great as a fruit basket.


This one just made me smile.










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A Week of Two Halves

What a week it’s been.  We visited our section on Sunday afternoon and took a few snapshots as the digger is now on site.  Unfortunately, work can’t begin until we receive the nod from the local Council.

Monday morning came in with a bang. If you’ve read my earlier post you’ll know my grandad passed away.  This came as a bit of a shock to me as although he had been moved into a nursing home the last time I spoke to my mum she said he was doing okay.  His funeral is this Wednesday 22 June at 3:00 p.m. (GMT time), 2:00 a.m. here in New Zealand. My cousin is hopeful that she’ll be able to live stream it for us as we won’t be travelling back to the UK for it.

Murray Family

To keep myself occupied I whipped these up from some wool I won in the June Yarn Lotto as hubby and I were heading to Fieldays on Wednesday and it’s usually pretty nippy until mid morning.

Fieldays is the largest agricultural show in the southern hemisphere.  We usually really enjoy it but not so much this year but I think this probably had more to do with our mood than the show itself.  I was still reeling from my grandad’s death.

On Friday, we finally received the news we had been waiting for. The Council have granted Resource Consent.  Yay!  Some good news to end the week with, although we didn’t really feel up to celebrating we did enjoy a glass of wine or too.  Finally the digger can begin work on creating a level building platform for us.







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Seven Days

So much has happened in the past seven days. I thought about not blogging about it but decided that it would be good for me. So here goes.

On Wednesday last week, it was announced that our department is being restructured and we will all have to reapply for our jobs. While this is not great news, it is the second time in five years, that I’ve had to reapply for my job. So even if the outcome is not what I hope for, I know I’ll get through it.

I received worse news on Monday though. I received a phone call at 6:17 a.m. from my cousin, in the UK. She was letting me know that my grandad, who has been in a nursing home for the past few weeks, was deteriorating rapidly and the family had all been called and were gathered around his bed. They didn’t expect him to last much longer.

At 7:07 a.m. I received a second phone call telling me he had died. To say I’m gutted is an understatement. He was my grandad. I’m gutted that I won’t be going to his funeral. All my family live in the UK. We live in New Zealand. I’m gutted I won’t get to say goodbye one last time. I’m gutted for my mum aunty who have lost their dad.

Equally, I know I’m lucky to have had him in my life for so long. He lived to the ripe old age of 94. He lived a good, happy life with my grandma. They were married for some 70 years.

RIP Grandad. Love you. Always. x


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Our Piece of Paradise

A few months ago we bought our own piece of paradise. Well, a plot of land in Whatawhata, Hamilton.  It’s on a hillside, which means we have great views out over the surrounding countryside.

plot - google earth

We’ve chosen our builders (Anthem Homes) and hoped to have started building by now but as is the way with these things, the Council decided we need Resource Consent. Fingers crossed it comes through in the next few days.  In the meantime, the house plans have been finalised and a lot of the fixtures and fittings have been selected.

House 3D 1

A while back we fell in love with a dining table and chairs but decided to wait a while before buying.  This weekend we found out they were on sale so we bit the bullet and bought them and the matching sideboard.  Good thing we have some storage space in our garage.

Remember the Nunnaba yarn from my last post, well the Pende shawl is now well underway. This wool is so soft and squishy and I love the subtle colour changes throughout.  I will definitely buy more of this in future.


For now though, its time to crochet a few more rows.


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My Week in Progress

A few weeks ago I joined Instagram and have been trying to take more photos of everyday life. Feel free to follow me here.

We’re coming into our busy season at work and there is a lot going on at the moment. I made a couple of coasters for my desk as I always end up with coffee stains or water drips.  I think I will try and make some more colourful ones.  These are just too plain and blend into the desk.


On Thursday, we had a team outing to Gothenburg.  Wow.  The food was amazing. They have lots of tapas style options, so four of us decided to share a few of these. I only managed to take a couple of photos.  I was too busy eating to take any more. Below are the pork belly, scallops and Brussel sprouts and dessert which was a lime coconut pannacotta. We also had dumplings, duck, tuna,  arancini balls and fried chicken.  D E L I C I O U S!  Including a cocktail it cost $57 which I thought was very reasonable.

A few weeks back I bought some Nunnaba wool from a destash group for a CAL that I wanted to join in with, “MAYde for Me” being run by Addydae Designs.  Due to some family issues there was a delay sending the wool but finally, it arrived yesterday and it is gorgeous.  I think I’m in love. It’s so soft and squishy.  I will definitely be buying more of this in the future.

The temperature has dropped quite a bit as we head towards winter in the Southern hemisphere. I made some slippers for myself.  They’re not particularly glamourous but they keep my feet warm.  I will have a go at making another pair later and will use these as a base. There was no pattern for these, I just made it up as I went along.


For now, I’m going to relax and enjoy a lazy Sunday morning. Paula3

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Granny Blankets

Back in September 2013 I was asked to make a granny blanket along with various accessories for a friend whose two daughter were both expecting babies within a couple a month of each other.


Granny blanket along with two amigurumi elephants, 3 x pairs of boots and a couple of hats.


In October last year she called to say her daughters were both pregnant again and again they were due within a month of each other.  I was asked to make another granny blanket for one of the daughters in the same style as the first one.


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I can see a rainbow

I’ve been asked to make a very special blanket for a friend.  She recently saw the movie ‘Seeking a Friend for the End of the Earth’ and fell in love with the blanket that one of the characters had.  It’s not quite the same but is loosely based on this Quirky Heirloom Throw.

So I’ve spent a happy few hours over the past couple of weekends dyeing up a storm.

??????????The wool is a perindale/romney cross which has been dyed using Ashford dyes. It was trial and error to start with as this is my first time dyeing so much wool with a colour theme in mind. Previous attempts have been quite random.  I’ve loving how it turned out and can’t wait to get started.



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My New Addiction!

I decided to try my hand at dying the wool I bought a few weeks ago.  I’ve only dyed a couple of skeins before in variegated shades but decided to try multiple colours.  Oh my goodness.  I think I’m in love!


First off I soaked the wool in a delicate wool washing liquid as it still had that sheep smell. Then I mixed up some teal, scarlet and yellow dyes.  I used the microwave method of dying, so some cling film and a few minutes in the microwave, a rinse under the tap and et voila!

??????????I’ve also been commissioned to make a freeform blanket loosely based on the blanket in the movie “Seeking a Friend until the End of the Earth”.   It’s just gorgeous.

Seeking a Friend until the end of the earth blanketSo I’ve been surrounded by yarny yumminess this weekend; trialling how the blanket might look to make sure it’s what my customer wants and then checking out some yarn and colours.


I have a few months before this is needed so will keep looking at yarn and may even decide to dye some more of my own to make it even more unique.




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