The cardigan

In a world of knitter's worst nightmares, the following scenario has to come close to top of the list:  spending hours knitting a garment, laboriously stitching it all together, and then trying it on only to find that it doesn't fit like you wanted it to. I was very conscious of this possibility when I... Continue Reading →

The Tui

The Kowhai tree in the garden has suddenly sprung into life this week and from what seems like nowhere, beautiful golden blossoms have appeared. I swear I didn't even see it budding! Sitting outside, enjoying the last bit of the warm evening air, doing a spot of knitting and drinking a nice cold beer, I... Continue Reading →

The Kaka and the Tui in the Kowhai tree

This is the Kowhai, the New Zealand native spring blossom tree: We were in the Wellington Botanical Gardens yesterday evening where there are a number of  Kowhai trees in flower.  "Kowhai" (ko'fai) is the widely used Maori name for this tree.  It means "yellow".  It flowers in Spring, a mass of beautiful yellow bell-shaped flowers.... Continue Reading →

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