Sunday, March 19, 2023


 I've not made any 'NEED WINE NOW' Cat Runners in ages.

I vowed to never made any more, because they are such a BITCH to sew around.

Yesterday at market, one of the stall holders who's already bought a few Hanging Cat Runners, called in and asked me if I would make her a 'Need Wine Now' Cat Runner?

*SIGH*  Of course I said 'YES'.  

So for the next week I'm making bloody Cat Runners that are a right BITCH to do.

Yes, they look gorgeous finished, and I know they will sell.. but shit.  I'm gunna get so frazzled.

ABOVE:  I've already made a start.  'Just' have to cut them out, fuse them onto their backing fabric, THEN stitch around the outline and do the finer details like EYES etc.  πŸ˜ŸπŸ˜–πŸ˜£  

And the words.  Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!

I will stop bitching now.  It's not that bad I suppose, cos I know they will sell fairly fast.

And I do love the finished product of course.

So, depending on what Stew and I decide to do today, I will at some point end up back in the sewing room to continue working on them.

I think we are going to Mitre 10 to look at more comfortable, foldable chairs for markets.  The ones we have been using are damn uncomfortable, and I hate them for a few other reasons besides that. The other thing we want to get is a camp light, to hang in the gazebo first thing in the mornings.  It was PITCH BLACK when we got to market yesterday, we couldn't see a thing!  Luckily Stew had a tiny torch light that we used, but it was pathetic.

We now have FOUR markets in April.  I think that's the most we will have done in one month.

First up will be the new Woodlands Market out at Gordonton.  We've decided to give it a go after hearing their 2nd one went very well indeed.

Then we have the Annual Te Kowhai Market, which we haven't done before either.

After that is the Tamahere Market again, followed by a ONE OFF market at the church in Cambridge.

They are raising money for the Cyclone Gabrielle Relief Fund.  A very good cause to help with.

April is going to be BUSY!  Lucky I have plenty of stock.

11.20 am. We have spent over an hour going from shop to shop, 6 in total, looking at camp chairs. Got a clearer idea on what we want, but have not settled on one yet.

 We are not going to rush and buy something that's not perfect. So... no purchase today.

We are now going to Raglan for a nice seafood lunch.

ABOVE: Stew bought this drink. I had a taste. And like, why the hell would you drink something that has no identifiable taste? It tastes like CHEMICALS. Revolting!!!

It's a lovely shade of blue though. Still not enough to make me ever drink it.

ABOVE: Stopped at a house in Raglan that sells tie dyed clothes. And got that. Its gorgeous and I love it. And its ONLY an x-large, not 2 or 3 or 4 X-large. 

I am very low on winter clothes that fit, so that was a happy purchase. 

ABOVE: lunchtime  view... so pretty.

4.32 pm:   we have been home for about half an hour.
Because KIWIONHOLIDAYS made a comment about liking to see places we visit, that she's not been to before, we did a little drive around and took some photos for her, before we left Raglan.
So, here goes:

ABOVE:  As you head into town from the country side... the view of Raglan.  Raglan is mostly hilly and steep in places, it is only flat down by the sea really.

ABOVE:  Looking down the main shopping street towards the harbour.  Raglan has a couple of 'inner' estuaries and harbours.  It is very pretty.

ABOVE:  The town itself is not huge ... a nice size and I'd say fairly quiet on a week day.   It does get busier on the weekends and holidays.

ABOVE:  Heading to the Wharf.  The round thing used to be a cement silo, but is now converted to apartments/holiday lets.

ABOVE:  Part of the wharf juts out and is used for fishing.  Looking out to the mouth of the harbour, and out to sea.  

ABOVE: The 'business' end of the wharf.  Fishing and charter boats tie up here.  It's also great for fishing off.
There's several retail shops on the wharf as well.
Food/cafes, galleries and Tony Sly Pottery.

ABOVE:  I don't know how the eateries are priced, but the galleries and pottery?  HORRIBLY expensive.

After pottering around the wharf for a little while, we headed out to one of the main surf beaches, Ngarunui Beach.

ABOVE: Top of the hill, looking north.  The entrance to the inner harbours is leading off to the right.

ABOVE:  Looking south.  Australia is way, way off to the east.
*waves*  Hi Karina!

ABOVE:  Learn to surf?  Yeah, nah.
But heaps do of course, so a neat idea.

ABOVE:  Heading back from the surf beach, over the one way bridge.

ABOVE:  A lovely old pub in the main street, heaps of people hang out here and get food and drink.

ABOVE:  Leaving town up the main street.
It has quite a small shopping centre.  Lots of eateries, yippy hippie type clothing shops, some tourist/souvenir type shops etc. 
What you would expect from a seaside town.
ABOVE:  Petrol is about 30 cents a litre more expensive out here.

ABOVE: this is where a large slip closed the road for weeks.  It is now repaired and open again.  That made the trip out today much quicker and easier.

After we got back into Hamilton, we went back to The Base and re-looked at three places we had visited this morning.
And ended up buying two camp chairs from MacPac.
I will show you what we got.... tomorrow.
There's quite enough on this post already I reckon.


  1. Try Kathmandu for chairs too. We have some very comfy ones from there.

  2. Anonymous10:03 AM

    My criteria is deeper chairs, good lower back support, high enough backs to rest my head.

    I am glad things are going well.

  3. Anonymous1:07 PM

    Love that top. Looks gorgeous for you Chris. I drink that stuff occasionally but it can't beat coke no sugar! Can't wait to fit smaller size clothes. You'll doing so well Chris.

  4. Kiwionholidays1:30 PM

    Good on you buying ahead for winter there , Godd idea,

    What a neat idea going to Raglan for seafood lunch

    All the 100 s of places we’ve been to , never been to Raglan so enjoy seeing any pics of there,

    Enjoy your afternoon together ,,
    Cheers πŸ₯‚

    1. Photos of Raglan taken, just for you chick.

    2. Anonymous7:09 PM


  5. That top is so you. I hate coloured chemical shit, too!

  6. Raglan is one of the places I've never been to so we will be going in the near future... when we finish our BIG South Island adventure.

  7. Kiwionholidays7:09 PM

    Hey Chick that’s so awesome πŸ₯our very own Tiki Tour from you n Stew
    Loving it was like being there n got a wave πŸ‘‹ as well

    We have to do that when we get back home on holidays πŸ’―%

    Your review of everything is amazing Chris

    You will be in competition now to and the others,,🎸

    Happy they’re here now cos late tonight when all are asleep I am going to revisit them all again

    Happy you are back safe n sound

    Cheers πŸ₯‚

  8. Love the tye died top...can just see u at markets with that and the wig it will certainly attract custom

  9. Anonymous2:12 AM

    Thanks so much for all the beautiful photos, you go to a lot of effort to take them, post them and describe them.


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