Posted by: maureenc | May 18, 2017

Catkins

Once again I share with you the photography and words of one of my favourite bloggers.

leaf and twig


the tree
inconspicuously flowers
with kitten tail blooms

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Posted by: maureenc | May 17, 2017

Another New Zealand port

The “Radiance” departed Picton wharf about 7pm on a fairly calm sea. Having heard stories over the years of how rough the passage through Cook Strait can be, I wondered how the evening would progress.

According to Wikipedia:

Cook Strait lies between the North and South Islands of New Zealand. It connects the Tasman Sea on the northwest with the South Pacific Ocean on the southeast, and runs next to the capital city, Wellington. It is 22 kilometres (14 mi) wide at its narrowest point,[1] and is considered one of the most dangerous and unpredictable waters in the world.[2]

The strait is named after James Cook, the first European commander to sail through it, in 1770.

Map of Cook Strait, New Zealand

Once again, we were blessed with peaceful cruising and the following morning, as our ship dawdled towards  Lambton Quay to dock, we crossed paths with an -“Inter-islander”  Ferry heading out towards Picton, some three hours  away.

Inter island ferry leaving Wellington

When I last visited Wellington (also on a cruise) I spent most of the day visiting Zealandia and the Museum of New Zealand (Te Papa Tongarewa), so this time I decided to ride the Cable car and enjoy the sights of Wellington from the lookout and tea rooms at Kelburn Park.

Cable car

 The cable-car coming up to Kelburn

Looking down towards the city from the lookout

Adjoining the Cable car station was the Wellington Botanic Garden which incorporates over 26 hectares comprising

the Lady Norward Rose Garden with over 3000 different species of roses; a sculpture trail featuring , among others, Henry Moore’s Bronze Form; a Duck pond; a Begonia House.

As my camera battery “died” at this stage, the Botanic Garden remains on my bucket list! Cruising  is a wonderful way to visit new places, but it’s only an appetiser or teaser: so much to see and so little time!

It was about 4pm we said farewell to Wellington to head north and east towards French Polynesia.

Departing Wellington

 

 

 

 

Posted by: maureenc | May 16, 2017

Cruising the Pacific

A chance email received about December 15, last year, gave my long dormant travel-bug a wake up call! The thought of some 18 nights cruising, visiting two ports in New Zealand, before heading into the Pacific to visit three ports in French Polynesia and then finally having a couple of days on the island of Oahu in Hawaii before returning home, had me scrambling to make arrangements.

However, before attending to travel matters, I checked first that my cat sitter extraordinaire was available to care for Sam.

YES! Anna was available to come and care for Sam, which left me free to plan my escape.

April 18 saw me dragging a rather heavy case  first around Brisbane Airport, then Sydney airport as I hunted for the coach to take me to the docks.

Memo to self: Do NOT pack so many clothes if there is a “next time” to travel. Do not allow for Wellington’s capricious weather.  PACK LIGHT.

Sydney Harbour by night 18/04/2017

We left the dock about 8.30pm and I tried to photograph the Opera House ,the Harbour Bridge and Luna Park, but the included photo was my favourite As the Radiance of the Seas approached the Sydney Heads, you could feel her anticipating the open waters as her movements became a little more lively.

After unpacking it was time to visit the Champagne Bar and toast to a happy voyage.

This bar became a favoured place to sit and read; converse with others and  (in comfort) watch the seas roll by.

 It was also a great place to sit ,people- watch and listen to the excellent music provided by various groups and entertainers.

After four days of cruising in calm and sunny conditions we reached the port of Picton, which sits at the head of beautiful Queen Charlotte Sound.

Picton does not have a large wharf: in fact “Radiance” caused a cargo ship to be on anchor as with 2,500 guests on board we took priority over the ship  which was loading timber for the Asian woodchip market.

I normally steer clear of having photos taken, but this is included to show the heaps of logs awaiting export.

 (I’m the white haired woman, and Margaret is my travel companion)

We joined a three hour tour of Picton, Blenheim and surrounds, which included the famed Marlborough vineyards and wineries, as well as a drive past the Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre which presents a Knights of the Sky exhibition of WW1 aircraft and artefacts owned by (Sir) Peter Jackson with sets created by WingNut Films and Weta Workshop.

A short stop was made at Pollard Park where the autumn leaves were just starting their colour change.

Autumn leaves Blenheim

The coach then dropped us near a jetty where we boarded a catamaran to explore the Sounds, before leaving us to make our own way back to the dock to cruise overnight to Wellington.

Jetty,Anikawa

Posted by: maureenc | May 16, 2017

A dummy spit!

After composing several pages of descriptions plus photos  relating to my recent vacation, and “carefully” saving the draft before a final edit and publish:  I managed to lose the lot!

Back to the drawing board——-

Posted by: maureenc | March 9, 2017

In Hope, a poem for Thursday

Reblogged from another online friend In honour of International Women’s day. Thank youGilly

Lucid Gypsy

This Thursday instead of Lazy Poet, I’m re-posting a poem I wrote a few years ago, for International Women’s Day. Yes I know that was yesterday, but you know me by now, the other week that I got the day wrong for wordless Wednesday, and the syllable count wrong for LP!

In Hope

Cast aside your veil

Turn your face to the sun

Gather round the hearth

Your work today is done

Your sisters draw near

Feet planted to earth

They no longer fear

The lone walk on the trail

Your children breathe free

The mountains clear air

Well nourished with plenty

And wind blown away care

Your abundance is here

Take love in your stride

Future perfect and clear

Go forward with pride

Cast aside your veil

And no longer hide

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Posted by: maureenc | February 10, 2017

Tresel

Leaf and Twig touches so many triggers in my psyche. Please savour as I have

leaf and twig

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outlined as it is obscured
all the same
the bridge remains

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Posted by: maureenc | January 22, 2017

I had forgotten………

how time consuming BDE (Brazilian Dimensional Embroidery) can be! I finally completed my version of a Morning Glory blossom, using Edmar Iris thread for the petals, and Edmar Glory thread for the bullion stitches outlining the petals. Glory thread is the finest/thinnest thread made by Edmar and when you consider that most of the bullion stitches contain a minimum 65 wraps, non- stitchers may comprehend “where the time goes”

Anyway, today, come what may I was determined to complete the Morning Glory.

And here she is!

Morning Glory

Morning Glory! Certainly not one of my better pieces, but I think for the next steps I will stitch samples of various stitches. The centre of the blossom is a mixture of French and Colonial knots, whilst  both the calyx of the blossom and the bud are worked in stacked stem stitch.

Posted by: maureenc | January 22, 2017

Where did Christmas go?

Twenty-seventeen is twenty two days old, and it’s the first time I have opened KenMaursCorner to add new content!

Christmas passed very quietly, as except for my daughter and myself the rest of the family were holidaying in Fiji; Colleen was only four days post-op after major surgery, so our celebrations were very low key. Thankfully she has recovered well and will return to work early in February……….I wonder how her fur-babies will react to not having her company  24/7.

My belated New Year’s Resolutions were to embark on the “Year in Stitches” challenge  instigated by Susan Robin Sorrell https://www.facebook.com/groups/ayearinstitches/

I didn’t commence stitching until January 5 and progress has been very slow……I certainly have not put needle and thread to fabric every day as other members of a year in stitches apparently do.

If I  do need an excuse, I guess that the lure of reading a page or three of whatever book I am currently reading is valid. Also , Australia is now “enjoying” Summer. I use the term enjoying very loosely, as most of the eastern states have been sweltering in heat wave conditions, and as I am not a fan of AC except in extreme conditions, my sweaty hands don’t go well with fabric and thread.

A year of stitches

A year of stitches:

The first steps were to divide a twelve inch square of dress-maker’s calico into a two inch grid. A chenille thread was couched down to the fabric to form the trunk of a palm tree, then fly stitches formed the palm fronds. Blanket stitch was added to represent the sandy island.

1-scanI have used chain stitch plus straight stitches to represent the sea.

The stacked stem stitch in blue rayon in the lower left hand corner is a WIP–hopefully an example of Morning Glory blossom.

Posted by: maureenc | November 24, 2016

Remember me?

Yes! I’m still alive ……I just can’t believe how long it has been since I actually blogged.

What can I say! Do I blame it all on getting older? No! That’s a cop out.

This year has been a series of  being “not so brilliant” as well as  lacking totally in any creative urges.

Early in September I had a total knee replacement, and since then I have been concentrating on getting over the  resulting pain, and trying to do all the exercises suggested  to gain full mobility again.

I must admit that I also succumbed to some  clinical depression due in some part to chronic pain……but that is over now.

On that point, it is amazing how some GPs react when a patient asks for help in dealing with Depression!

The same GP that thought I should cope with bone pain and not ask for repeat prescriptions for strong analgesics    “because you will become addicted!” was the guy was fired off twenty or so questions ranging from “Have you had a broken relationship” to ” has some close friend or relative died recently” to “why aren’t  you coping?”

The rest of his questions I found to be both  insensitive and insulting.

HELLO! It’s 3 weeks since I had a total knee replacement : the pain is stopping me sleeping; I am coping at home alone.

This was a guy I had been attending regularly  for seven years………I don’t attend him any more.

Anyway, enough whingeing! All is good. Mobility is good and pain is minimal.

Along the way, I have received postcards from members of Gondwana Textile Artists who heard that I had been bitten by the black dog.. ..I’m still trying to get my head into designing and stitching postcards to send to all of them. I had thought of trying a Gondwana theme; then I thought of fossils from the Wandjina Gorge in the Kimberley region of WA—-but thought they were too intricate for me to attempt in an ever decreasing time frame.

Posted by: maureenc | November 23, 2016

Wild

I hope you enjoy both the photography AND the description: I LOVED it

leaf and twig

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herd
of birch gathers
in the zebra woods

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