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!

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Mid-winter brilliance.

It was frosty this morning, but that turned into wonderful sunshine. 

It's the last week of the school holidays.  And I'm starting to feel it.  My youngest often stays home from her three days of daycare when my eldest is off school.  It seems so unfair to send her when her big brother is getting to play with Mum all day.

Last week we took a little bush walk.  And it was so successful that we did it again today.  It's the coastal track between Paihia and Opua.  I used to walk it a lot when my only responsibility was a dog.  But now the kids are old enough to enjoy it too.  Although we only walk a teeny way along it until we hit a secluded little beach.  There is a gnarly old pohutukawa tree root base that makes the perfect dragon lair/crocodile cave/baddy hideout/whatever game they are playing today.  And they are so entertained that I can steal time with a book - unheard of when we are at home.

Of course I do end up piggybacking the wee one for most of the trip home.


  1. Aww, too cool! We're getting some great winter weather too, not much rain.....dams are at 30-something% though, so I should probably do a rain dance instead of enjoying the mild, clear days!

  2. Blondie says thanks for the sympathy! FJ says thanks for the birthday wishes. Gotta love those games from the imagination - they're such fun to watch!

  3. Wow. How sunshiny for winter!

  4. Chicks??? Yes??? No??? Lemme know. Thanks!


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