My name is Charlotte, sometimes known as Ms Lottie, occasionally as The Slightly Mad Quilt Lady. This is my blog, where you'll find me writing a lot about my quilting and textile arts and a little about my family's life in a small seaside town in New Zealand. Haere mai!

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Hello, my name is Ms Lottie.

Remember me?

It's been a while.  

The bestest camping spot in the whole world.

There was facepaint in some body's stocking.

We've been back from our annual Christmas camping trip for over a week now, but I thought I'd make my return to the blogging world on the 15th, seeing as my last post was on the 15th of December.  A whole month off blogging - a record for me!

My little brother who I haven't seen in several years.  He managed to hook himself a big one.  Very tasty.

Lots of fun was had camping.  Especially by the little ones.  I think that it's more of a holiday for them, as the cooking, cleaning and washing always takes longer when you're doing it primitive style.  I escaped for a few days to myself near the end, and with the silence and stillness of an empty house, I finally felt like I was on holiday.  I don't do chaos very well.

Freshly sauteed scallops all ready for a creekside picnic.

But it was fantastic to catch up with my sister, her partner and my little bro.  I haven't seen them for several years - and I hadn't even met my sister's partner.  He does a great barbecued roast!

I promised a picture of the finished quilt for my Father-in-Law.  He loved it (or he said he did!).

Pudding tastes better eaten in the fresh air.

We've come back to find that the dishwasher is broken, the sheep had flystrike (all fixed now, but maggots are just nasty), and grass has taken over the world.  We had some local teenagers looking after the chooks, ducks, turkeys and rabbits and so they were all alive and well on our return.  It's so good to be back.

Our New Year's Eve bonfire.  Spectacular!

But truly, it is great to be back.  I'm busy rediscovering the vegetable garden under waist-high weeds, sewing up some pretty grocery bags and yesterday I helped to set up our quilting guild's annual exhibition - what a mammoth task!  I'm set to man the quilts on Monday morning, so I promise a few photos after that.

I hope you all had a happy and safe holiday and I'll be back with some sweeping New Year's resolutions soon!


  1. Welcome back, baby Sis. Looks like you had a fantastic time camping. Miss 12 finally finished a loo roll doll she was making for Miss O so your Christmas parcel should be on it's way next week. Love to all, Lou

  2. Looks like you've had a wonderful month away from the blog. Great pics. Your father-in-law's quilt looks fantastic. So much work in that! You're amazingly clever. Look forward to more stories from your place across the ditch in 2011. xx

  3. SO good to have you back - I've missed reading about your adventures. And I agree with Anita, the quilt looks great. No wonder he loved it! Good luck with the quilt show. Cheers.


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