My quilting thoughts and inspirations sprinkled with a glimpse of life down on the farm

Saturday, July 19, 2014

It's OK to eat cake for breakfast....

...when it's your birthday!
Naughty, huh, but oh so good!!
(warning photo heavy post)
YD cooked dinner for me the night before my birthday (near the start of July), which I decided was a really good idea as it meant that I was able to have cake for breakfast ON my birthday!! One time during the year when you can get away with something like that!
Here's another delicious pic... it is a luscious lemon cake with lemon curd filling, I still drool thinking about it and highly recommend it :-)
Selfie of mother and daughter while out one night.
In amongst the lovely thoughtful pressies I recieved for my birthday, there were a few handmade goodies;
Leeanne created this 'pin cushion' - a high end model I reckon —



...and Barb made me this cutie; now this is embarassing, as I'm not sure what it is called, but it hangs around your neck, with the pin cushion/ needlecase at one end of the tape and the scissors at the other end - both are within easy reach and saves time hunting for them —
And finally, this beautiful shawl came from Joanne. Delicious knitted lace with beads knitted in throughout.
Thank you lovely ladies, I love them all :-)

Also on the home front, and to change topics completely, last week was a wild, windy and wet one for our region, Northland, the northern end of New Zealand. Damage everywhere, people without power for days, flooding and roads closed everywhere. Because the rain went on all week, the accumulative effect of so much water was devastating for many.
I always like to dress up dry and go for a walk, see what's been happening!
We have a river running through our farm, and this came up and went down like a yo-yo. Here are some pictures (and apologies to those of you who have already seen them (or similar) on facebook or my photo blog.)
All our stock were on high ground so were all safe.
Wednesday
Thursday
Saturday - this was the worst flood.
Showing that the house and buildings are high and dry.
There's no way we can get over the bridge (not seen for days) to any pastures that may be there!
Great if you are a duck, and fun if you are a dog!
And after the water is gone, there is the mess to clean up!
Fencelines full of debris, wires everywhere, broken posts!
This paddock WAS full of lovely feed, ready for calving. Now it is covered in silt,
too dirty to be palatable.
So it has been an interesting time! Being shut inside in the warm and dry (we didn't lose our power for too long) meant a bit of sewing time :-) but I think I will save that for another day!
Thank you for visiting. Have a happy weekend and I hope you find some stitching time,
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34 comments:

Maria said...

Sew sorry your beautiful pastures are ruined by the folding waters. Pleased you are okay.
Hmm. Delicious cake for brekky and lots of fabulous gifts.

Melody said...

Goodness me, I hadn't even heard there were floods in NZ. That cake looks and sounds delicious.

shez said...

Oh Raewyn I am so sorry your pastures were ruined what a shame,boy that's a lot of water. Happy birthday to you and boy do I love the cake,so glad you had a lovely day.xx

LuAnn said...

Happy birthday! And I think cake for breakfast is just fine. Sorry for your flooding, too. It's nice to see the photos even though the flooding is horrible.

Angelikas quilts and knits said...

Hi Raewyn and congratulations :-) Of course it´s ok to get cake for breakfast :-)
I think the thing Barb gave you is called chantelaine.

hugs
Angelika

Chantal said...

Happy belated birthday to you Raewyn and wishes for a happy healthy year ahead.
Sorry about all the flooding and the resultant work. Glad you are all safe!

The Knotty Lass said...

Excellent photo of you and youngest daughter! Floods= images of Daryl swimming with the cows. Every time. What wonderful gifts! I adore the shawl. The beading is gorgeous. You mentioned buying wedding lace on your photo blog. Are you making YD dress?

Cisca Heiden van der said...

Happy birthday, Leeanne! What lovely gifts you've got.

Just Ramblin' said...

Happy Birthday! I think eating birthday cake for breakfast is the best idea! I just did that a couple of weeks ago. So sorry about all the flooding you've had to endure and that it has left so much dirt and debris behind. But, thankfully your animals and home were spared and that you had a little power still so you could sew! Nola

Cottage Tails said...

Happy belated birthday! Gosh the photos all together really shows the damage. What is plan B for the cows food - those poor mummy cows will need their tucker to feed their calves..

Rebecca in AK said...

A very Happy belated birthday Raewyn! It looks like you had a lovely one! So sorry about the damage from the flood. I guess you do have a lot to be grateful for since your home and livestock are alright. So much work now though to clean up!

Julie said...

Belated birthday wishes Raewyn. That cake looks so yummy. Gosh you & your daughter look like you could be sisters in that photo.
Goodness me, the floods sure left some damage to the pastures - can see a big clean up job looming. Just what you dont need as calving approaches !!!!

Julierose said...

Happy happy birthday... cake for breakfast is amazingly wonderful! Hugs, Julierose

Fiona said...

happy happy birthday.... lots of excitement for you! there is no mistaking your daughter is yours... you both have the same smile...
Hugz

Reconstructed Fabulousness said...

Hi Raewyn, Happy belated birthday and the cake sure looks like a winner...yummy flavours. Horrid to see that the last lot of weather caused you such devastation....I hope you were spared after last night's deluge up North that I have just been reading about online....sure is freezing and the southerly was blasting in our front door last night but next to no rain here in South Auckland. Certainly not the best weather to be a baby calf....my daughter will be getting one soon for calf club....she's excited!Hope your newborns are coping if they are here yet. Rae.

Peg - Happy In Quilting said...

Oh no....Hope you are safe...so much damage....Happy Belated birthday wishes...yummo cake..

marina said...

belated birthday wishes Raewyn, you definitely deserve cake for breakfast on that day.
such lovely pressies.
Amazing all the water you have had! glad you and your stock are all safe.

Barbara said...

Hope you are not flooded again Raewyn after last nights deluge, thinking of you

retdairyqueen said...

Happy Belated birthday
Some lovely gifts there and great flood photos
Pleased you came through ok

Sue said...

No wonder you ate cake for breakfast, just look at that gorgeous thing! YUM!! Happy Birthday to you. The photo of you and your daughter is lovely, pretty women the two of you. Wow to all your flood photos. So glad your house was safely tucked up on the hill and you were warm and dry. Now to clean up the mess, bugger.

Karen said...

Happy Birthday to you for a week or so ago!! I hope you had a lovely time. The cake does look delicious!!!
You really are having a serious run with the rain and flooding!!

Grethe said...

Love your selfie, beautiful pic of you and your daughter! Hate all the water/flood, sorry you had so much trouble. All the best :-)

Michelle Ridgway said...

What a shame about your feed. Happy belated birthday and your cake did look very delicious. Glad you were spoiled with lovely gifts. Hope things are getting back to normal.

Shirley said...

The cake looks most yummy and why not eat cake for breakfast, especially on a birthday. Lovely thoughtful gifts from your friends. We are at the mercy of such weather conditions but at least you were all safe and your livestock unharmed. Hope it is all returned to normal now.

Charlotte Scott said...

Oh bummer about your pastures, just at the wrong time. The water was up again a bit yesterday and today but not actually flooding.

And HAPPY BIRTHDAY! My kids reckon you're allowed to have ice-cream for breakfast on your birthday...don't know where they got that idea!

margaret said...

birthday wisg-hes from me, yes the cake looks yummy. What devastation the rain can cause, so glad your home is on high ground, I expect it will take a while to clean up and repair fences etc, lets hope it will only be showers next time it rains

Suz J said...

Just checking that everyone else made the necessary comments. Eat cake for breakfast OK - check. Mother/daughter photo amazing family resemblance - check. Very sucky flooding - check. Great big birthday wishes - check. See, I didn't need to comment!

Elizabeth said...

I feel for you, Raewyn. We had this very thing happen about 7 years ago on our farm in southwestern Washington - what an awesome happening - it was fascinating and horrifying...!
Best of luck with the clean-up - won't you have lovely, fertile fields now with all that silt?!

Liz
boltonia55@yahoo.com

Leonie said...

Happy Birthday! I reckon July birthdays are awesome ;) Cake looks delish but those floods...uhoh.... hope your all warm and dry and filled with cake xx

Sue W @ Living the Good Life said...

I think cake should be consumed at any time you like! Happy birthday xx What a total bugger about the floods, I have a friend in Ohaiwai and she took some awesome photos and when we watched One news there was one of her photos! :D Hope the mucky paddocks sort themselves out soon, such bloody awful timing with calving in full swing.

Carrie P. said...

Happy Belated Birthday! Glad to see your stayed high and dry.

Charlie and Wendy said...

Sending you belated birthday wishes!! Yummo cake! I hope your farm is getting back to normal now.

kiwikid said...

Belated happy birthday wishes! Sorry to hear about the flood - boy you had a lot of water, sorry to hear the pasture has been made useless for the animals! But good to hear you weren't without power for too long!

Sisbabestitches said...

Oooh yummy looking cake, absolutely perfect for brekkie :) What a mess all that water made, Mother Nature does keep forgetting the concept of balance and moderation, doesn't she? Glad you had some fun stitching to set you up for all that extra cleaning up :)