This weekend was a three day one! Labour Weekend in NZ is traditionally just for getting into the extremely over grown garden, or a full on dream for shopaholic's due to sales all weekend.
Our weekend was very busy! Saturday morning Phil took the kids to the swimming pool, while Miss Moore and wee Neve popped around for a visit, a spot of lunch and to take away some cuttings for their garden.
Sunday morning we went to Sarah's Baptism, and a birthday party for one of Ella's kindy friends. Mum and the Little Sister arrived in the afternoon to stay for the night.
Toni brought this with her, not would you believe to finish, but to have me rip it!
I haven't had the heart to rip it yet. The Little Sister has made such a beautiful job, her tension is always perfect. But alas the pattern is very short and cropped though the body, and Toni has a lovely long back so the cardigan is too short.
Monday morning was busy for the Munchkins, mowing lawns and...
Then it was off to the garden shop, for a look, a coffee and a spend. By the time we had drop the Little Sister back to her house and driven home to ours it was time for a well deserved cup of tea and dinner!
While surfing the net today, I came across this very nice site : zakka candy. Now I’m sure it is not new to a lot of people, but it is a new find for me!
And oh what candy it is!
There’s a large woodland theme and general all round cute feel, which I love. Here are some of my favorite things.
I especially love these bags with their knitted bottoms.
And if you are already feeling the Christmas Spirit...
The only problem is I can’t understand any of the Japanese (My high school Japanese language teacher would be so very sad to know I can’t remember a thing of what she taught me!). So I can’t work out how to translate the site, which means I can’t yet buy anything! I might just have to make another cup of tea and go take another look!
The munchkins Granz (Phil's Mum) is also a fantastic knitter. And for their birthdays, (Ella when she was two, and Oliver this year) Granz made them these adorable Gollywogs.
Now I know that it is supposedly completely politically incorrect, but I don't care. I think they are fantastic and beautifully made.
And the kids love just love them. How could you not with their lovely smiles and big knowing eyes.
Olivers Golly is the one with the blue jacket, and he calls him "Colly". He has a little key, because wee Ollie is very keen on keys. And will take any keys he can get his hands on, hide them (for weeks Phil's car keys were missing) or use them in the wrong doors, and even break them while they are in locks! A huge thank you Granz, from the munchkins for their Gollies, they are great!
It is very nice to know that there are other people around that also share our love of Gollywogs. One of them is a fellow kiwi, Craig Smith. He has written a song about his Golly. Check it out it rocks!