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The past two years have been all about adjusting to motherhood and finding my way through it via craft. The out pouring of this came in the form of my blog Aunty Mum. Now I'm finally finding my feet, the children are growing, I'm getting some independence and my interests are morphing . . . into cooking. Join me in exploring creativity in many forms, food, fabric, frowns and laughter.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Early Summer Holiday


Remember last week I told you we were off to Pukehina? Well, look at the weather we had. Three days of sunshine, sand and sea.


I’ve had a dream all year that at some point I’d be falling asleep to the sound of waves crashing on the shore and that’s what we had. The girls are just off the deck making houses for fairies.


We spent lots of our day chasing waves and being chased in return. In fact, during our Saturday evening after dinner walk Rogan and Janae managed to come home sopping wet as a huge waved dumped on them. No sooner had I uttered the words “come back a bit you’re too deep” along came the wave. Rogan laughs now but he wasn’t a happy chap for the walk back to the house.


In preparation for bad weather (I mean who truly trusts the weather man) I’d packed all sorts of indoor amusements. Mum dug out the jigsaw puzzle and agonized over it for three days.


But working together we managed to get it completed about an hour before it was time to leave. It was a tricky little puzzle for only 500 pieces.

Do you know the strangest thing? I knitted a grand total of three rows the whole time we were away. I did, however, manage to finish a book I’ve been sleeping through for six months (it was a really interesting book, I was just too brain dead to get through it) and now I’m half way through Julie and Julia. Holidays really are good for the soul.


It was a lovely weekend and it’s set us up for the rest of the school year. I’ve made a blanket no TV rule until the end of term because I was concerned at how difficult the children found having to amuse themselves. I’ve determined that we’re going to get lots of quiz type board games for Christmas since Rogan managed to get to eight thousand dollars all by himself in the “Who Wants to be a Millionaire” game. And I’m sure we’ll be going back to Pukehina at the other end of summer.

Thank you Gwen and Ron. Your little holiday home was a huge gift to us.

Now it’s frantic preparation for one little girl to turn five and start school in just six days time!

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Busy Times

Wow it’s been such a busy time lately. I can’t think where the time has gone. I have one little girl awaiting grommits, tonsils out, adnoids out and some other nasal procedure . . . added to this she starts school in two weeks. She’s tucked up in bed with a red raw throat and sore ear tonight, which strangely is a blessing as I thought she was in for a dose of “chicken pops”.

The other two are beavering away at school awaiting summer holidays with the bleary eyed look of children who have worked hard for a whole year.

I came up with the bright idea of gathering some women to do the desert for our church’s 40th anniversary dinner on Saturday night. 300 macaroons, 100 plates and lots of help later we fed the masses and had lots of fun.

And I’ve been knitting . . . thankfully as I think I’d have gone mad otherwise.


My mum is off to the UK in January for her sister’s 90th birthday and I’ve been busy making things for her to take and to wear. My cousin is having a wee boy on new years day so I made this for Mum to give to her.

Mum has a suitcase full of warm things to wear too, including gloves, scarves, socks and shawls. And then I realised there’s one member of my family I almost never make anything for. My dad admires everything I make and, uncharacteristically, a couple of times a year mentions how great he thinks it is and how he sees my knitting and crochet as my sanity barometer. So I have embarked on a jumper just for him.


Here’s what I’ve done so far. I cannot tell you how much fun this project is. Every row is different (well for 16 rows, and then you start from the beginning again) and you know that the pattern is coming together when you can knit and only consult the pattern once or twice in an hour. I’ve been watching a film about Sarah Palin this afternoon and busily knitting because I’m almost at the armhole and I just want the back finished so I can see it in its entirety.

There is a light at the end of our busy tunnel. I’m taking the children out of school on Friday and we’re off to Pukehina beach.

I’m told it’s quiet, it’s remote and there’s very little to do but hang out on the beach, read books, walk and all those lovely and relaxing things you need on a long weekend away. I just can’t wait. All I have to do is remember to take my camera.