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!

Sunday, April 26, 2020

Lockdown Day 32

I didn't write yesterday. We had a deep shock here as a family. I don't know quite what to write or say about it, except that it was hard, and it will be hard for a while yet, and I never, ever want that to happen again, and if you are having a bad time, please, please reach out to someone.

Today is my blogversary. I started to write this blog, purely unplanned, on April 26th 2009. Thats....11 years! Whoa.

So for your nostagic pleasure, I give you my second ever blog post:

My New Mansion

My Dear Husband and I were having an argument a little while ago. Basically, the theme was me complaining that nothing gets done around here (we live in a half-renovated house) and that he always wants to go and work out at "the land" (we also own a block of land on which we planned to build our "dream" house on). 

To cut a long story short, we decided to move out into the shed. We hope that this will achieve a few things: we can finish renovating the place we are in when we move out (MUCH easier!); we can then rent this place out (always welcome a few extra $$); we will be where we really want to be; and when we do finally have enough money to build our house, we'll be right there to oversee it.

But I don't know if I'm excited or just plain scared. "Scared?" you ask. Well, moving out to the shed means moving out to a long drop loo*. Hubby promises to build me a floor and walls in the shed at least, but the long drop will have to stay for a wee (pardon the pun!) while. What am I letting myself in for?
*(For those of you who don't know what a long drop is, think toilet with a view, fresh air and no flush button! That's a picture of my very own long drop up there.)

And then, just for fun, here is a post I wrote a year or so later:

The Day the Dunny Died.

It's windy here today.  Real windy.  Like blow your house down windy.  Or, in actuality, blow your dunny down.

Yup.  That there is what greeted me last time I went out to sit on the throne.  

This is what it looked like last summer - the kids got muddy and decided to paint it (with mud - I guess they were going for the adobe look).

So, what's a girl to do when she's gotta go?  Well, I pushed it back up straight, used it, then got the hell out of there before it blew over again!

I rang Hubby at work.  He laughed.  But then he's at work - with a flushing loo to hand.  Huh.

I think it's time to get me one of those fancy indoor flushing loos at home.


  1. Oh dear, sounds like you've had some rough news. Thoughts and prayers to you all. This is a tough time for a lot of people. The photo of the kids painting the dunny will have surely brought a smile to your face (I must admit I thought they were covered in something other than mud, such was my initial mind - eyes association! ;-) I hope you and your loved ones can find some beautiful moments in the days ahead.

  2. Holding you and your family in my thoughts. No platitudes or cliches to offer - but when things get hard, please try to feel the love your wide circle of friends is sending you.

  3. Dear Charlotte. I hope everything is OK, although by the sound of things it isn't. Stay strong and hug your family. Love from Wendy.

  4. You're in my thought and prayers.

  5. Oh my lovely Charlotte, I am sending you all so much love. I hope you heal soon.

  6. So sorry to hear your sad news, I understand your pain. Lots of love, Linda

  7. Oh love the new mansion - I'm guessing you're going to have fun in Winter!

  8. Kia kaha Charlotte... you have been in my thoughts 💜. I don't know if i started reading your blog from the beginning... but it sounds familiar so maybe I did. But I definitely remember the dunny blowing over! Such a long time ago.


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