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, November 16, 2013

Show Day and Spinning

Last weekend was the Bay of Islands P and I Show.  Show days can be a big thing in rural areas.  Agricultural and pastoral shows or pastoral and industrial shows, whatever you want to call them, they are a chance for everyone to get together and socialise and show off their talents, whether that be cake making or calf rearing. 

Now that I have kids at school, I have two show days to prepare for.  The kid's school show day comes first, so nothing got entered into the town show this year.  But the kids are keen to enter some categories, so next year's town show week is shaping up to be a busy one.

Instead, we concentrated on the school show day.  I admit I had fun helping them with their vegetable models for the classroom display!  They also made pikelets, lego models, aqua jars and dressed up.

The town show (Bay of Islands P and I Show) was great fun too.  The kids wanted to ride everything, but we managed to narrow it down to the bouncy castles and then a mechanical bull ride for my son and a blow up floaty ball thingy for my daughter.

We sat and listed to local music, ate candy floss and admired the animals and crafts.  Then we came across the local creative fibre stall.

My kids were fascinated by the spinning wheel and wanted to learn how to do it.  Who knew?!  The woman who was spinning generously gave us some carded wool to take home and now the kids are pestering their Grandma (who happens to have a spinning wheel tucked away) to teach them how.  I also said I'd youtube how to make a drop spindle and we'd learn that too.  Me and my big mouth!  I'll let you know how it goes.


  1. Love, love the little Brussle sprout man!

  2. That spinning wheel looks identical to the one sitting at Grandpa's house in Queensland. Which I seem to remember your darling daughter trying to work out how it worked then too!!


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