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!

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Living Aboard - the good bits.

Ahh, loving my life on the boat!  This is super-high tide at the beach - the beach is a one minute walk away and I walk on it usually twice a day.  The kids found a huge log floating and it became a boat, a diving platform and just the best water toy ever.

Here's another thing I love about living on MV Cerego.  We are five minutes walk from school.  And it's such a great little small-town school.  The kids planted, cared for and then get to eat from the school vege garden.  That's my boy with cherry tomatoes.

And how about this photo for inspiration?  There are so many textures and shapes around the boats and the wharf - particularly the reflections in the water.  I'm feeling a whole series of quilts coming on and I'm building up a huge library of photographs.

We are also settling in more and more.  Here are a couple of before and after photos of a corner in our  bedroom cabin.  We found a bookshelf (no great thing of beauty, but perfectly functional) and Hubby installed it.  And now I have a little nook to sit in with books and magazines beside me.  

We also put up a bookshelf in the main saloon.  With the one we put up in the kids play cabin a couple of months ago, that's all the books out from under the beds.  If you're wondering whether all the books will fall off when we are out to sea, then no, all three bookshelves are on crosswise bulkheads.  The boat rocks from side to side in swells rather than tipping upwards and downwards.  So the piles of books might shift and the ones standing up might fall over, but they are unlikely to go flying off the shelves across the cabin.  But eventually we'll be putting little lips or straps across the shelves just for extra safety.

Last but not least, I had a lovely visit from Yvonne Brown and her husband.  Yvonne is a talented textile artist from the UK.  I met her when I took a class she taught in NZ at Queenstown Quilt Symposium in 2011.  Recently Yvonne contacted me to say she would be over here again and could she come and visit.  Yes!  Go check out Yvonne's work on her website - it's gorgeous!

So yes, I'm loving this life on the sea so far.  It's slowly cooling down a little, heading towards Autumn.  I'm wondering whether I'll still love it all in the middle of Winter...


  1. Looks like a beautiful life, Charlotte! Can't wait to see what you do with the awesome photographs.

  2. What a wonderful way to show a life lived differently but peacefully.

  3. I'm loving this blog. Brings back happy memories! Sure you'll find it is easy to make a boat warm and cosy in winter. Love your photo with the poles..........gorgeous.

  4. Glad to read you are enjoying life on the boat so much! That photo of the refelctions is fabulous!

  5. Just been reading about cyclone coming, hope you will all be ok.

  6. Jealous!! And yes - we will come and visit next time we're in NZ, just don't know when that'll be. Give the littlies a hug from Aunty Lou

  7. Interesting Charlotte - there's so much inspiration around us, we just need to slow down and see it :-) Your life on the boat looks wonderful! (that's said by a seasoned land-lubber!)

  8. I love seeing the pictures of your boat and hearing bits about you are faring with life on the sea. Hope you are actually getting to sew some!


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