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

Saturday, December 24, 2016


The Big Day is getting closer and the excitement is mounting.....
The tree is ready —
We had help to decorate this year with the step-grandies here for the
— not after a bit of adventuring first; somewhere in those hills YD and her DH went looking for the perfect (wild) pine —
Quite a jaunt to find it but they finally arrived back home with one!
While I have been frequenting the supermarket, Hunter Gatherer Gardening couple (YD and her DH) have been making their own preparations —
His contribution for Christmas dinner- a fat eel from the river.
Hmm...ED is not impressed, lucky for her there are other things on the menu!
(Smoked; the eel is tasting surprisingly good!)
YD's contribution - a vege garden full of goodness.
I discovered quite a nest of cucumbers this morning!
It's been interesting lately seeing lots of winter Christmas photos on overseas blogs while we are melting in the heat, so I thought I'd share these couple of photos of our Kiwi landscape at Christmas time —
This is how close we get to snow for Christmas!
Manuka flowering in the native bush.

And colour in town....the Pohutakawa are just starting to come out in flower
and the Jacarandas have been looking beautiful all month.
Our one Pohutakawa at home has only one bloom (first ever so that's exciting)
but our Jacaranda is flowering well this year.
And before I sign off —
A little shout out to Maria - thank you so much for the mailed
goodness, Maria :-) Isn't he cute?!
I'd like to finish by wishing you all a Wonderful Christmas and Festive Season.
I hope there is plenty of love and good times in the air where you are ♥


  1. it looks like you have a delightful place in the country - I have never had eel - I'm not sure how I would feel about that! Good looking Christmas Tree - and your flowers are all lovely. Merry Christmas!

  2. We are still waiting for our Jacaranda to flower. We seem to have our own little microclimate, and the plants always do their own thing, at a completely different time to everyone else! Looks like great fun at your place... enjoy the time with family, hmmm, and assorted wildlife!

  3. Hi Raewyn you live in a beautiful country,Merry Xmas to you and your family and wishing you all a happy and safe new Year xx

  4. Merry Christmas dear Raewyn to you and your family. Your tree looks lovely and I love your NZ Christmas bush....I have even drawn it lol! Enjoy your special day big hugs from across the ditch xxxx

  5. have a wonderful Christmas have never eaten eel wonder what it tastes like. Some lovely bushes you have on the farm

  6. What a fabulous Native Pine for your huge Christmas Tree. Looks great..
    Have a wonderful Christmas with your family and all the delicious food. Hmm not sure about that eel though?

  7. Happy Christmas Raewyn to you and all your family - the tree looks fantastic! I am envying you your smoked eel - a treat I have not had for many years. xx

  8. That smoked eel sounds delicious to me. Merry Christmas to you and your family.

  9. It would be quite difficult to "wrap my head around" the thought of high heat at Christmas! Even in the southern USA, temps can be downright chilly (low 40s F). Thank you for sharing!!!!! Here we have several inches of snow on the ground with a storm system making its way towards us that will bring ice/rain with possible thunder!! Now....we live in southern Minnesota!!!! This is NOT right!!!!! Just saying....LOL! Blessings to you and your family and enjoy your time together! (no sure about that eel, although we do eat rattlesnake!!!)

  10. A Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year to you and your loved ones! I love seeing your "warm"
    Christmas photos, so different from our snowy cold,

  11. Not sure I would like the eel although I've heard it's very good when smoked! Enjoy your nice weather. Our roads were quite icy tonight. Have a Merry Christmas!!

  12. Happy Christmas to you and the family Raewyn, love the christmas tree and your photos of the farm. Never tried smoked eel...mmmmm!!! Hope you all had a wonderful day.

  13. Lovely tree! It's so neat to see what's going on in your part of the world for Christmas. I think I prefer the warm kind, myself. After years in the desert, I don't like the cold and snow - which we fortunately don't have! It was unseasonably warm - meaning hotter than people here like - today, at almost 19 C - perfect for me. LOL I'm going to enjoy the next two aberrant days, too! I hope your day was wonderful today!

  14. I do hope your Christmas day went well. Lovely to see all the preparations going on for you.


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