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Thursday, August 25, 2011


Some gorgeous sanderson rabbit cushions that I,ve been doing while trying to get rid of this flu. It is still lingering and i,m sick of it. But life goes on and we,re off to the World of Wearable Art in Wellington next week and no flu will stop me seeing that. In fact it,s a hectic time... Michael has surgery Friday so I,ll be holding the fort and hoping no lambs pose problems. The weather has been amazing lately and just a few more days and yeah.... SPRING.
As you can see the barn only has a small section of boards left to be replaced and that will be completed when we get back from Wellington.  Opening getting closer.

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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

The flu is still in charge....

Michael is feeling a little better and has started putting the new boards on the outside of The Barn.Dam the flu and snow as that has held us up but we should be paintingin about a week.
 Kathryn, our gardener gave the Wedding Day rose a number 1, which was way overdue.

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Thursday, August 18, 2011


Once more I have been confined indoors again and hoping this flu will disappear as quick as the Telecom ad.At least I,ve been able to stock up on the cushion cover stock but I would prefer to be out in The Barn, sorting.
My heart goes out to the families who have got the news today that their home is in the red zone. Kaiapoi will rebuild and be a better town for it.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011


Today the back wall got lined with batts... another step closer. Hopefully, by the time this weather clears up ,I will be over the flu and can flick some paint around and then start to get the stock back in.I,m confined to barracks at present but managing to get quite a lot of sewing done.
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Monday, August 15, 2011


I thought that I had dodged catching the flu off Michael but my luck looks like it has run out. My throat is sore and my body is aching. So this afternoon I have busied myself with cutting out some cushion covers so I will have plenty of stock when The Barn reopens. I have a huge fabric stash and it is hard to make a decision as to what one I will cut.However, I do intend to reduce my hoard , which people who know me will find hard to believe.
These pics are just a small part of collection.

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STORM.... What a hard life.. NOT.

She has been out playing in the snow, then came in and had some food and is now enjoying a nana nap.
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Have been out raking snow off hedges, rhodos, camellia,s etc., as the snow is so heavy and was breaking branches and the hedges were bending right over and they get so out of shape.Cold work but a stunning landscape.
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Sunday, August 14, 2011

Another dump of snow....

A very, very cold day with snow, hail and very cold winds.... so no work on The Barn today. This cold snap is forecast for a little longer so we will need some patience till it passes and work can begin again.
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Saturday, August 13, 2011

Just another few weeks...

YES, Just another few weeks and The Barn will be open.With all the insulation, etc., being put in, it is our intention to then be able to operate all year. Next winter there will be a heatpump so you can all come in from the cold.

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Cats,,, the best judges of the weather.

My 3 furries all snug and warm.On these cold days, they don,t venture out too much.

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Tuesday, August 9, 2011

STORM... unwanted by her owner.

Storm has lived here since August, 2002 after her owner left her and 2 other cats to board here at Snuggle Inn and never came back too collect them. I rehomed the other 2 with cattery clients and Storm got to stay here. She is a gorgeous little chinchillaX and of late has taking a liking to sleeping on the laptop... not a good idea, so making sure it is off and the top closed is essential.
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Even though he has the flu, Michael managed to get this window in today and for his effort is enjoying a hot toddy concocted by me.There,s too much work to do, so he has to get better real soon.
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Monday, August 8, 2011


  Double hellebores.... one of many treasures in the garden. Another bright garden spot to  keep us amused till spring arrives.
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A sweet little evergreen clematis which is growing up the barn and it is great to have these cute little flowers at this gloomy time of year.
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One of 2 windows being put in, with the other going in tomorrow. The extra light that they give will be wonderful.Then the next step is all new outside boards, then the batts and gibboard.A couple of coats of paint... then in with the stock.
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