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!

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

A brewing storm

For once I had my camera in my bag on the drive home and this is what I got to capture.  That's my house way up on those hills under those beautiful, ominous clouds.  And when we got home we did have impressive thunder and a heavy shower.

Thank you all for your kind words and thoughts about my Father in Law.  He passed away peacefully last week and we held a wonderful funeral and fantastic party on the weekend, just as he wanted.  We had a band, a spit roast, dancing and fireworks!  When I go, I want a send off like his.

There are moments of sadness, but plenty of good memories and stories.  My husband seems to be coping well and the kids are doing ok too.  I guess it's just going to take a time of adjustment and who knows how long that time will be.

Hug your loved ones, call up the ones you haven't seen for a while and have a catch up.  I hope to be back blogging with increasing regularity soon.


  1. Sounds like one great send off!! Best wishes to you & your family.

  2. {{hugs}} Charlootte...thinking of you. Sounds like a lovely farewell to a much-loved man.

  3. Much better than the usual doleful ceremonies. Of course there will be a hole but the memories will eventually fill it up.


  4. Sounds like a wonderful send off and so positive to celebrate his life rather than his passing. Thinking of you all.

  5. What a wonderful wake, sounds like a perfect way to celebrate your FILs life. Great photo of those stormy clouds. Could do with some rain - our ground is cracked already! Best wishes from Bridget


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