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The local 4×4 mud plug was cancelled due to excess water last year so it was with great delight we saw that this year was a go! 4×4 trucks, mud, gumboots, hot chips and sunshine = a great sunday! It was an inauspicious start. We arrived and the kid declared she wanted to go home as the cars were too loud. In fairness to her there was one backfiring every 20 seconds or so at the dart which was pretty loud and a couple of beefy grindy engines!

After a little while and walking to find some good holes with lots of mud spraying up and a few rescues needed she got into it. We ended up meeting friends so the kids played and watched and squealed as mud got flung about. Even more of the kids buddies were discovered and in the end she didn’t want to leave.  It was a great day of classic kiwi fun.

 

 

 

 

November 4, 2015 Little Adventures

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With the warmer weather we have been out and about more. This weekend we made a trip to the local gorge for a walk and a paddle. Ok, the paddling wasn’t planned but the kid was so excited it was impossible to say no! We bookended the trip with pastries from the local sunday market and a gardening afternoon. I even snuck out and had a lovely hours hike by my self in the afternoon.

I found the initial season change hard. As the snow melted and the weather warmed I found myself feeling disjointed and in my own head. With a concerted effort to get out exercising and eating healthier I’m feeling better. Calmer and settled. The summer will be a good one. We will make sure of it.

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Spring in the park. Playground time. Blossom and flowers and bees. The city. The ‘big draw’ art and activity event for the holidays. Mirror exhibition at the museum. A really fun day out.

October 3, 2015 Little Adventures

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A quiet walk by the river. Savouring the spring sunshine and warmth. Smallest enjoying dresses and a cardi rather than the layers and layers of wool. Ok, theres still wool in the form of leggings and vests – but there are also dresses! Whoop (if your 4 anyway)

Blue bird skies and skipping ahead. Shaking off the last of the illness that has bogged us down and kept us indoors for the last few weeks. I have noticed a lightness and the additional relaxed chatter that falls (pours) from madam has returned since we made decisions on schooling. Her anxiety has receded and been replaced with a more buoyant confidence in where her path lies for the next while. It’s a delight to see and makes us all feel more settled and happy. 

She talks and questions constantly – literally constantly. She is interested in everything and anything and it appears has an almost eidetic memory. Most importantly she’s friendly and loving and great fun to be around!

September 26, 2015 Little Adventures

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These were taken a while ago – real mid-winter stuff. An amazing walk up in the hills. lightly falling snow and perfect light. Very late to the blog.

September 25, 2015 Little Adventures

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During the school holidays there are always things for the kids going on in the city. Today we headed into town to catch the Lights in the Park. As part of kidsfest this winter holiday they put light sculptures and fixtures in a route around the botanic gardens and after a wander in the mall, a play in the playground, some hot chips and cheese cake (banoffee – it was amazing!) we walked the route in the dark. It was awesome and madam was super brave and didn’t get at all weirded out by the dark. Which sort of surprised us. She not usually that keen on being out after dark.

Very cold, a little bit christmassy and of such fun.

Hubby was in charge of pics 🙂 He wasn’t given that much time for them though as every time we lost sight of him madam wold holler at the top of her lungs ‘daddyyyyyyyy’ …. ‘come on daddyyyyyy’ ha.

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We had a very outdoors weekend, lovely walks and time by the river. Balanced by some reasonably copious film watching and munching on snacks. As the days get cooler and days shorter we are embracing the sunlight when it comes out. 

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A walk in the bush. Not our usual haunt but a lovely place (particularly now the wasps have settled down) The rains have rejuvenated the area. Leaves have plumped up, mosses look soft and springy. Some of the trees are tentatively turning towards autumn colours, hews of red, orange and gold are appearing.

Of course there was also a paddle at the river on the way home. Why she wanted to paddle I have no idea. It wasn’t exactly balmy and warm, sunny yes but with definitely cool undertones. But in she went anyway. Fully clothed. 

Her shirt is a Lennon blouse from Brownie Goose that I modified during the sew-a-long that was done on Amy’s Blog so it has a lovely peter pan collar. I think of all my patterns this is my favourite. There is something to incredibly simple yet classic about it. And versatile. 

 

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When Lisa asked for testers for this coat I put my hand up immediately. Ok, I did feel I was cheating slightly as I’ve made this coat before. I bough Lisa’s original pixie hooded coat pattern a couple of years ago and have made it a few times. But I did so want to try the woman’s version and the other collar options!

The coat above is the pixie hooded version. Made with the wool outer (up-cycled blanket) and the inner is a quilting weight cotton.  It is a lovely pattern to sew up. It comes together beautifully and the instructions are easy to follow (the new tutorial has even more instructions and pictures!) Please ignore the little tuck at the back. I failed to use my walking foot for the wool and it stretched while sewing and gave me an extra inch of fabric that I wasn’t expecting!

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This is the collared version. Or as madam calls it. Her puffy pea coat.

I reversed the layers and put the quilting weight cotton on the outer (she chose the cotton) and I lined it with a fleecy blanket that was no longer used. Its a size 5 so a little big – it looks more so as the cotton bunches more than the wool does – I’d consider interfacing it next time to give it a little more structure. The blanket is soft and fluffy and perfect around her neck and wrists. Not to mention warm.

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Massive picture overload as she wore it loads on our recent trip to Tekapo. I really do love this pattern. With the collar and rounded hood options available – and a huge size range it’s a really wonderful addition to any pattern collection. I think it would be wonderful in an oil cloth for a shower proof option or just in double cotton as a spring mac.

The pattern is available from the Big Little Etsy shop
Check out the Pixie Hooded Jacket or the Pea Coat
Both patterns have the huge age range of 1-14 years so this is a pattern that will last and last. Warm winter coats. Spring macs and autumn fuzzy fleeces. And the double bonus is that its discounted for the first week!
There is also a wonderful ladies version.

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