BEFORE AND AFTER

NEW LIFE

Wow what a cold day in wintery Dunedin.  

This morning I volunteered at The Hospice for a few hours.  I chatted to a really nice patient who was not much older than myself. We had lots in common, I think she enjoyed our talk.  It certainly made me feel good helping out there and making someone smile.

I arrived home to find Colin working on my VW, he was wrapped up really warm in the garage.  It won’t be too long now before the car is finished =:)

Have a look at my next project that I have just finished. I brought this duchess (set of drawers) from a recycled store some time back for $30.  

BEFORE:

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It was an oldie, one that use to have a curtain around the front.

That is the reason for the big top on it and overhang at the front and sides.  It was quite ugly but I could see the potential and that it could go from an ugly duckling to a swan again. 

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I started it a while back but with work and general busyness I hadn’t had much time to complete it.  A few weekends ago I got stuck in. I stripped all of the paint off with a heat gun and then sanded it.  I was told it was rimu, it turns out that only the drawers were on the inside.  It is pine, therefore I decided I would paint it.

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I had brought some handles from a Nelson market when we were up there at Easter with our VW Club.  That tells you how long the project has been going.   The handles are from India. I decided to distress the cream paint as the pine already had knocks and dents on some parts.  Then I painted only one drawer a different colour.

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Time for the curtain, I picked up some lovely vintage inspired fabric from Spotlight and sewed the curtain up.  I will have it pulled back all the time, I just wanted a curtain for the prettiness rather than using it.  I am pleased with the way it turned out. Actually I wouldn’t mind a skirt in this fabric. ha ha

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Colin’s younger Brother has come over from Brisbane, Australia to see Grant, the older Brother with cancer.  We still haven’t seen him yet, he has been in Dunedin for 5 days now.  I bet he is freezing cold.  Grant will be so happy to see him.  

That’s it from me.  It is too cold in the office.  Our two dogs are very wise and are sitting in front of the fire.  Have a good week coming up.

Donna

 

POLAR PLUNGE

SHIVER ME BRITCHES

Hi all fellow bloggers and readers.  Sorry I haven’t written a post for ages.  Life has been so so busy, a lot has been happening, both good and bad.  

Last weekend I braved the cold and did the Dunedin Polar Plunge, shit it was cold.  The morning was so drizzly, non stop rain and freezing cold.  I woke up and found out that the event started at mid day, later than I thought…so I decided to do it.  I hadn’t done the annual dip in the St Clair Beach for around 3 or 4 years, so decided I needed to get my butt down there.  

For some reason, I could not talk Colin in to doing it with me.  He is a chicken:)   Actually the last time I did it was in a Chicken Suit, the time before I was a Hill Billy in dungarees and the first time was in a bikini.  

Buggar the bikini this time, I jumped in with my sports shorts, singlet and even my pink shoes on.  I stayed in the longest ever, it was so fun. The waves were really strong and the weather really rough. I put my head under a few times.  It was such a good and fun atmosphere with lots of people dressing up.

The volunteer Firemen sprayed some warm water on us when we completed our dip.   Colin said I was mad, he is right…madness runs in my families genes.  Call me MADonna😛

There is a small video at the bottom that was on the local newspaper website.  I was certainly in pink alright, very bright. 

The photo of the sunset I took tonight at 5pm as it was getting dark.  Taken from our house looking towards Saddle Hill.  I dislike winter so much.  

Colin’s Brother has been unwell, he now has cancer too.  He was given only 2 – 3 months to live about 2 months ago😦  He is only 53 years old.  He is going down hill fast, he has agreed he may go in to the Hospice for a little stay.  We hope he does as it is such a lovely place, it is where I do my volunteer work.  The cancer has now spread from his lungs and ribs into his bones.   It is so so unfair and hard for us all, especially when he has told us he doesn’t want to die. It hasn’t sunk in with us. 

We do have to do spur of the moment things and push ourselves to live for the day even when some days are difficult.  Do fun things and try new things…oh and also eat lots of chocolate. 

I will share a quote/verse I found that I like also. 

If you live on my side of the world and it is winter, keep warm. 

Donna

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DRIFTWOOD FROM NELSON

DRIFTWOOD OUTDOOR MOBILE

Yay, it is finally finished:)

I collected this driftwood off the beach in Nelson at Easter time when Colin and I were up there at the VW Nationals. 

I had the idea in my head of making a wind mobile thingie out of driftwood.

I drilled all of the holes by myself:), threaded the rope thru them, layering the pieces of wood from smallest to largest.  It then sat on the floor in the garage for about two weeks until the rain stopped.  The weather has been dreadful.

Finally yesterday after a 10km walk with my Harriers Club I got Colin to help me hang it off our upstairs bedroom balcony.  It now can be seen from our lounge sliding doors.  

It turned out just like I imagined.  It is nice and chunky, not at all delicate.

Hopefully our two dogs won’t be able to jump up to play with it. 

I have just taken a photo also of our stone pillars on our house made out of local rock (from the Blackhead Quarries down the road).   I love them.   We have six of them on our house, and also a large stone fireplace and hearth.   The stonemasons were fascinating to watch putting it all together.  What an amazing trade to know.  They made a great job. I love the solid form of the natural stone.  And it also gives our house that we built a bit of character.

I haven’t been able to post any blogs much lately, it has been all too busy and chaotic.  Talk later though, I hope things settle down a bit for us.   I must run and pull some knee high weeds out of the garden and check our bees in our hive.  

Ta ta

Donna

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LOVE

DAUGHTER

It was our Daughter’s 22nd Birthday yesterday.  I can’t believe she has grown up that fast.  

It was a cold, wet and windy day, winter is certainly here now😦 Today is no better, it feels like snow in the air and is raining non stop since we woke up this morning.

Colin and I brought our girl a pretty duvet cover for her bed, it came over from the UK after she picked it online.  It is baby blue in colour, it has a vintage floral pattern on it. We also gave her a dress ring with a large pink stone.    I also made her a sterling silver ring at my night class I recently finished.  It is a plain – ish band with texture on it. I hit it after soldering the join up with a special hammer to give it a distressed appearance.  The young girl likes both rings a lot. She also got a few other bits and pieces and also a Gluten Free Icecream Cake that she has wanted for years.  They are normally made for young children…:)  

 I’m not allowed to mention our Daughter’s name on my blog as it is an unique  name and she does not want to be recognized.  I respect her wishes.

I love our Daughter so much, we only have one child, I wouldn’t change anything at all about that as it was our wish to have one.  It is a shame that society puts a lot of pressure on people to have at least two children and a lot of people automatically think an only child is a spoilt child….that is not true.  
My Sister-in-law never wanted children at all, she likes other people’s children but is not maternal.  Society doesn’t accept that either, some narrow minded people think they are selfish people by being childless.  

My opinion is that you should only have children if you really want them, do what you want in anything you do in your life, not what others tell you to do. 

Our Daughter is a kind, caring, shy, honest girl.  She works hard in her job as a Caregiver and only gets a low wage.   She has a lot of time for the people she cares for, some are elderly, some have disabilities or illness’s, some are stroke and cancer victims.  Some of her clients have mental health issues or are blind.  She often goes out of her way to help them and they obviously enjoy her company while helping them with day to day things.  

I am sure the love she has for animals too shows her caring nature.  She loves to rescue animals, especially her two dogs and our three cats, two of them belonged to family members unable to take care of them. 

Yes, sometimes we argue, sometimes she dislikes me and sometimes we don’t talk much, we are not always on the same page …so to speak.  She always says that she will look after her Dad and I when we get old…ha ha…I don’t want her to wipe my bum, but that is nice to know. 

Our Daughter has had to go through a lot these last ten or so years, she didn’t enjoy High School. She has had to deal with both parents having illness’s and life threatening illness’s, operations and long hospital stays.  She has watched all of her Grandparents dying of cancer and diabetes.  I guess this has made her have such an empathy for the underdog and those in need whether that is people or animals.  She, like us hates neglect and cruelty to animals and people.

She has recently become a vegetarian as she loves animals so much and doesn’t want to eat them.  We have to be careful in what she eats to make sure she gets her nutrients as she has Coeliac Disease like me and all of our other family members.

I so wish that she has lots and lots of happy times ahead of her and that she fulfills her dreams as she deserves so much.  She would one day make a great Mother herself and wife.  

I am very proud of our Daughter.  She is #1

The photo below is of our Border Collie – Deefa that was put to sleep a couple of years ago. He swallowed a piece of fencing wire that was unable to be retrieved from near his lungs during an operation. He was such a lovely natured dog.  This photo of him was sent into to the Dunedin Museum last year to go up on a photo board/exhibiton of Cats and Dogs.  His photo was chosen to be part of the display.  

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MOTHERS DAY

I WAS SPOILT

Mother’s Day has been and gone.  Our Daughter had to work in the morning and also the night, knowing this, she had made me some Gluten Free Pancakes on Saturday night for me to wake up to for breakfast.  They were yummy.

When she came home from work at mid day, she gave me a beautiful vintage card, a pair of cat PJ’s and a sterling silver crystal necklace and earings.  Way way too much, I was spoilt rotten.

Colin and I went out to the Cemetery to see Mummy Dearest, I took a photo of her plaque to send to my Sis in Australia.

Then we went to a new Cafe in town for a coffee. 

Today I have finally finished re-vamping an old chair I was kindly given by a dear friend a few months ago.  It was a shame to paint the wood, but the seat of the chair was a bit poked, so I decided to spray it a lovely baby blue colour, then rub it back in a few places to give it that distressed look.

After a terrible day at work today, I was at least happy that I finished this and I like it a lot.  :)

The chair is very old and has come from a Dunedin Presbyterian Church.  Lucky me.

At least it has a new life now and will once again be used.  I think I will give it to our Daughter for her birthday in a couple of weeks, as she liked it too.

BEFORE & AFTER photos below

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CRUTCHING TIME

SUNDAY IS NOT SLEEP TIME, IT IS SHEEP TIME

Colin and I have just been outside rounding up our sheep to do the crutching…a job we have been putting off.  The sheep went into the yards well this time without chasing them around the paddock.:)

Some of our girls fight like anything when we have to tip them over to get rid of the dags.  I even learnt to grab three of them myself and drag them out to give a haircut around their bums.  Man some of them kick like anything.

 A job done before I start work at Kmart late this afternoon.:) It will be good for our compost.

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A special hello to our Niece Gina in New Plymouth, xxx

For Sale : Ride on Lawn Mower, going sheep, hardly used. ha ha

Ride on lawn mover, $300, barely used, good condition

 

LOOKING FOR A GOOD YARN

CHIT CHAT 

Finally I have time to add an entry on Word Press and to read a couple of fellow bloggers posts.:)

It has been really hectic over the last few weeks, along with cooking at my work during the day, I have also worked the odd night at Kmart too to help them out.  I have also had a few nights out during the week nights….nothing exciting, just meetings and mundane stuff.😦

I worked my day job yesterday for 6.5 hours then went on to Kmart to do the 4pm till midnight shift, yaaaawn.   I had 15 mins to drive there and get changed into my uniform.

I received a text from them early in the morning pleading to work as they were so short staffed.  I didn’t really want to as it is so hard working 14.5 hours basically in a row, but…..Colin and I really need a holiday sometime, a decent one.

The money I work extra is going to mostly get put away for us for the holiday. I do like the staff at Kmart and the place, it is hard work though.

 Now that Colin has finished his chemotherapy medication, along with his Oncologist’s recommendation he should be able to go overseas.  My plan, if possible, is to maybe go back to Bali next year sometime, and maybe Kuala Lumpur again.

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It has been about 7 years since we went there, that is when I started getting sick with bowel problems.  It was on our 20th Wedding Anniversary over there.  I put it down to eating too much rice at the time until we arrived home😛

We love Bali – the country and the Balinese.  They have nothing but are always happy, so so friendly and such a beautiful country.

I already have been asked to work at Kmart tomorrow night, I said yes to that as we have Monday off work for Anzac Day….’Lest we forget’ .   I will have a lie in on Monday morning, then will go to a Service at 11am rather than Dawn Service at 6am.

Today it has been cold and rainy off and on.  My Harriers Club were guests of another Dunedin Club today.  I was asked to take the ‘Fast Pack’ of Walkers as our Walking Leader is out of town for the long weekend.  It was nice to take ten faster walkers with me, we paced well up the hills, then around the inlet of the harbour.  We only walked for 1 and a 1/2 hours, but the pace was quick.  Our heart rates were working.  It was nice to have a natter with the others in my group.  I asked a few quiz questions of the local history of the area/suburb we walked in.  It wasn’t planned at all, but it got us all chatting more, interesting stuff. I think it went down well.

We went back to the other Club’s clubrooms for afternoon tea. We were very lucky that we missed the rain and stayed dry.  The clouds now look like they are going to shit themselves (ha ha)…black as anything.  At least the rain will fill our water tanks up:)

I took a raffle at their club to support them for their fundraising. To my surprise I won one of the six prizes, my number was the second one drawn out.  :) We were allowed to pick the prize.  I was going to be a guts and think of myself and pick the cake of chocolate but then noticed some lovely big pork chops, a large tray of them.  Colin loves chops and we hardly ever have pork ones as they are expensive.  Personally I mainly eat chicken or fish and wouldn’t thank you for a big steak or chop but he would pick meat anytime.  I made the right choice to surprise him..tomorrow night I think he may be having a good feed.:)  

I hardly ever win anything so was delighted and thanked the host club on my way out the door.  

I was pleased that my walk went well too.  All in all a busy day, but a good one.  Think I will sleep well tonight.  I am off to finished restoring my vintage  pram now for the young lass to put her  baby doll in that she purchased a short while ago.  It is a collectors doll and very life-like.

 I will most likely let her keep the pram, I think it is from the 1950’s, I had always wanted one and brought it from a second hand shop about six years ago. Finally I had a reason to hurry up and do it up.  It looks good with a lick of paint and sanding and re coating the frame,I’m  just finishing putting the pom pom trim around the hood of it.

The picture below is not my one, but it is the same sort.

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remember-anzac

Last but not least, here is a little bit of history about Anzac Day:

 

Anzac Day occurs on 25 April. It commemorates all New Zealanders killed in war and also honours returned servicemen and women.

The date itself marks the anniversary of the landing of New Zealand and Australian soldiers – the Anzacs – on the Gallipoli Peninsula in 1915. The aim was to capture the Dardanelles, the gateway to the Bosphorus and the Black Sea. At the end of the campaign, Gallipoli was still held by its Turkish defenders.

Thousands lost their lives in the Gallipoli campaign: 87,000 Turks, 44,000 men from France and the British Empire, including 8500 Australians. To this day, Australia also marks the events of 25 April. Among the dead were 2779 New Zealanders, about a sixth of those who served on Gallipoli.

It may have led to a military defeat, but for many New Zealanders then and since, the Gallipoli landings meant the beginning of something else – a feeling that New Zealand had a role as a distinct nation, even as it fought on the other side of the world in the name of the British Empire.

Anzac Day was first marked in 1916. The day has gone through many changes since then. The ceremonies that are held at war memorials up and down New Zealand, or in places overseas where New Zealanders gather, remain rich in tradition and ritual befitting a military funeral.  

On Monday, let us also remember those Soldiers that survived and their families that are still are affected by this war.

LEST WE FORGET

 

 

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