Weekend creativity


The creative get togethers started four years ago when we went to Christchurch to learn how to make something arty for the garden.

The second creative gathering was at Jo Segar’s cooking school in Oxford and last year we met in Southland where we visited Maple Glen, lunched at The Potager near Wyndham, gained some floral arranging inspiration and had a painting class.

This year we met in North Otago at The Red Tin House  , the home of Vicky Lee. She greeted us with morning tea which included her home made cheese then took us upstairs, presented us with some ready-wired bits and pieces . . . .

tussie mussie 4

. . .  added flowers, feathers and other treasures  and soon we’d all made a tussie mussie:

tussie mussie 5                              


tussie mussie 6

 tussie mussie 7

Vicky sells her woven baskets, and brooches under her label the Wild Weaver. Her paua shell and pine needle creations are cradling the tussie mussies in the two bottom photos above.

She’s a skilled needle woman and a superb cook. When the tussie mussies were finished we were taken back down to her living room where we were served wine and lunch: terrine, herb and walnut scones and salads, followed by a wee ramekin of chocolate desert. All the food was home made and almost all the ingredients were home grown.

Vicky had more creative inspiration for us after lunch. This time we started with pots staked with prunings from the apple trees . . .

pot 2

. . . we then wove willow round the uprights . . .

pot 3

. . .  and finished with posh pots.

The shade loving hostas are meant for outside but did temporary duty on the dinner table:

pot 4

Vicky and her husband Roan run a homestay at The Red Tin House.  She is happy to take workshops for guests and he is a keen fly fisherman. With advance notice, Vicky will pack a picnic and Roan will guide visitors to his secret fishing spots.

We finished our day warmed by the hospitality, inspired by Vicky’s teaching and cooking, thrilled with what we’d made and with no hesitation about recommending the delights of the Red Tin House.

Let The Sunshine in


The start of daylight saving coinciding with the 41st opening of the musical hair in London made Let The Sunshine In a logical choice:

September 27 in history


On September 27:

1821 Mexico  gained its independence from Spain.

1905  The physics journal Annalen der Physik published Albert Einstein‘s paper “Does the Inertia of a Body Depend Upon Its Energy Content?”, introducing the equation E=mc².

3-meter-tall sculpture of Einstein‘s 1905 E = mc2 formula at the 2006 Walk of Ideas, Berlin, Germany

 1938 The ocean liner Queen Elizabeth was launched in Glasgow.

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Depiction of the RMS Queen Elizabeth.

1958 Scotttish author Irvine Welsh was born.

1968 The stage musical Hair opened at the Shaftesbury Theatre in London.

Original Broadway poster


1974 William (Bill) Sutch was charged with spying.

 Sourced from Wikipedia and NZ History Online.

Rules don’t work if people don’t accept them


Words of wisdom from Transport Minister on Q&A this morning:

I’m worried about it from an acceptance issue because you actually only get to run the road rules because people accept broadly that those are the case – you don’t have a policeman or police woman on every corner, so you can go out and put whatever road rules in place that you like, but if there isn’t broad public acceptance of those road rules then you are whistling in the wind.

That doesn’t only apply to road rules.

People who makes rules need to keep in mind that any rule which doesn’t have broad public acceptance will be ignored.

(The interview isn’t online yet but will be here soon.)

We also made:



Being crafty


It’s our fourth annual creative gathering.

Details later.

In the meantime you might enjoy the tussie mussie one of the group made yesterday . . .


. . . and another:

tussie mussie 3

. . . and mine:

tussie mussie 2




Mutter, mumble, yawn, brr  #*&^%**** daylight saving, mutter, mumble, brrr, #!%^&**^ starts too early, mutter mumble, yawn, brrrrr, *^&%$#*** only sping equinox, mutter muble, yawn brrr, $#!%^&**** ,not enough daylight to be worth changing clocks, mutter, mumble, yawn, brrrr &**^%$#!*** too dark in morning, #$!^^^&*****,still too cold, mutter, mumble yawn, brrrrr. . .


p.s. OswaldBastable thinks so too.

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