Last weekend it was not very sunny which was nice because the sun is very, very hot right now and it was lovely to have a break from it burning down on me. Those of you in the Northern Hemisphere with all the snow might think I am mad, but wow, the sun is totally fierce right now. KB and I decided, due to the lack of sun, that it would be a good idea to explore the Quarry Gardens in Whangarei. I have been once before, but it was hot that day, and as the Quarry Gardens are situated in an old quarry, stepping into it is like stepping into an oven on a sunny day.
I love the Quarry Gardens, they are just amazing. The plant life is so diverse, there is so much to see. It began as a garden in 1997 and since then has grown into a magnificent attraction in Whangarei.
Parts of the garden are New Zealand Native bush, mixed in with cacti, herbs, and pretty much anything else you might want to see!
Monarch butterflies are in abundance right now, also very shy unfortunately, so this picture was the best I could do!
We spent a good hour or so wandering around, enjoying the abundance of textures and scents, loving the mandalas in the succulent garden…
Enjoying the lake from many different angles…
It is just stunning, and so heartening to see what we can do to heal man’s crimes against Mother Nature.
And in amongst the trees and bush are reminders of what this place used to be…
This space is such a blessing for the people of Whangarei and I highly recommend having a look if you are in the area. The fact that it is a labour of love, tended by volunteers makes it even more special. I hope you enjoyed having a look around!
So today I thought I’d tell you about my ripple. Thank you, by the way for all of your lovely comments about Mummy Bear! I felt so blessed reading them all, I felt a bit shy about posting her as she is quite different to what I normally post, but I’m glad you liked her. She is now living on my spinning chair, looking very cuddly and lovely.
So ripple… you have seen it a couple of times already but nothing in great depth! I started it on January 4th after deciding at Christmas that I must, must make a ripple in blues, greens and turquoises and waiting desperately for my Lovely Mum to send me the yarn I needed.
It took me a ridiculous amount of time to dither about which colours to use as I so often second guess myself when starting a large project, to be honest, I’m still not entirely sure if two of the greens really work with it yet, but I’m too far in to go back!
You met my ripple in my first post of 2012, and again a week or so later…
The yarn I’m using is Ashford Tekapo and The Wool Company Perendale. I love them both and think they are most awesome to crochet blankets with! I’m not going to bother linking or listing the colours as these yarns are not hugely available out of New Zealand and become substantially more expensive when posted overseas, although I know that the lovely Penny of Planet Penny is currently making a gorgeous blanket out of Ashford Tekapo right now, so it is available should you hunt it down!
As the ripple is getting larger and larger, it is becoming more cumbersome and too hot to hook unless it is early in the morning, so I’m managing a few rows every few days. Slooooowly it is inching it’s way to the top of my bed!
I measured it on my bed before, and I’m guesstimating that I will need another 25 rows before starting the border. That’s not much, I can handle that! This is not going to be a blanket for my bed, but I want it to fit a Queen Sized bed so it can be a spare bed blanket and be all lovely and ripply for people to sleep under when they come to stay.
My sister sent me a photo today, of Pixie of course! Looking soooooooooooo grown up and dribbly, with her two friends, knitted for her by Mum. Mum is so clever, meet Trixie, Pixie and Dixie….
Clever right? With three knitters knitting her copious quantities of toys and clothes, I’m a bit concerned that she might grow up hating wool….. Murphy’s law and all that…
I hope you’re all well, I’ll leave you now with some shots of my Ray-Buddy, relaxing on the day bed… what a life right?
Take care, from Alice and Raymond XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX