Today I drove home through a downpour of rain, an occurrence that hasn't happened in many months. Although the rain gladly received today, won't have broken the drought, it will be helping to fill our rivers and streams again.
My daughter was given some ducks in the Spring last year, and when the little stream at the bottom of her property dried up, then her ducks walked off, searching for sustenance elsewhere.
Maybe now they might return, I hope so. I loved them, and their friendly Jemima Puddle duck faces.
When, I reached inside our letterbox later, I was surprised and delighted to find a lovely package with a Canadian postmark. Some beautiful botannical notecards, and a felted flower brooch from my blogging friend Mary. You are so kind and thoughtful Mary, I love these, thank you so much !
On our way down the North Island a couple of weeks ago, I tried to have Ian stop at book shops and knitting shops and of course fabric shops ( especially ones with Kaffe Fassett fabrics ! )
I tried very hard, but found that he was unwilling to stop at craft shops without any warning, or a preplanned visit.
He is pretty long suffering though, when it comes to my craft addictions, as I am with his tractor and farm equipment stops, and I did manage to have a visit to Nancy's Embroidery Shop in Wellington, and made a wonderful purchase on some beautiful Noro yarn.
I am knitting a winter coat with Noro Iro, from the book Knits to fit and flatter and I hope this coat will do exactly that. Being a chunky wool, it is knitting up fairly fast, although I have to be careful not to knit for too long, as the size of the needles and yarn is making my left hand very stiff and sore, hmm, I hope I am not developing anything that might hamper future knitting projects. !