Sunday, December 05, 2010
Now, the reason for this post was what I did yesterday. Joanne, Paula and I were invited to fill some spots on a mystery bus tour. It cost $15 for the bus as we don't belong to Fran's guild (Wigram Spinners), but that was still a completely reasonable cost for a full day out.
We got to park our cars in a secure carpark, we had to take money for lunch and possible purchases (I needed more). We started doing a competition where we had to write down all the things we could see from the bus that started with the letter P. I won the first prize, a peanut slab which I gave to Thomas when I got home as I dont' like peanuts.
1st stop was Helen Heddell's farm where we got to see some Moorit Merino's; they wouldn't let us get close, so I had to use zoom to get these photo's.
Next stop was at an Angora goat farm, these guys weren't shy! Lovely animals, really enjoyed the time with them, and I had to buy some fibre as I only have a little mohair atm. I got a kilo of kid mohair, medium grade as high grade wasn't too affordable. $30 got me a lovely bag of soft yumminess though.
Next stop was at Cust where I spent nothing, but did see a couple of bags I really like. I"m going to have to save up for one to replace my current shoulder bag. It's looking rather the worse for wear and a lot of the stitching has gone.
After that we went to Oxford where we stopped off at Jo Seager's restaurant for lunch. This is what I had
After lunch I had a wander around the art gallery, took a look at the old jail (2 rooms) and also looked through a little shop that had less stuff than the one in Cust, but also less atmosphere. I didn't buy anything from there, or from Jo Seager's kitchen shop. I'm afraid $59 for a cake form is a little too high for me.
Our next stop was Heavenly Wools where I'm afraid I blew the rest of my spending money. I got 7 bags of dyed Merino top; 4 different colours. I also received the mystery gift from the trip which in my case was some navy Merino top and some dyed mohair locks; yummy!
Here's the place that they live, it's a converted church. Not enough space for me, but very nice
I did get quite a bit of knitting done on the trip, haven't a photo of it at the point I got to yesterday, but here's Fratello before it hit the bus
That's it for a bit, got lots happening in the next couple of weeks, the NZ Creative Fibre group is putting on a gathering for Christchurch guild members next Saturday due to the earthquake, Sunday next week is our Christmas celebration with my family as some of them won't be in town on the day. The following Saturday is another guild Christmas lunch. This Monday is the Judo Christmas thing, not really looking forward to that, I have nothing in common with most of the parents there, or at least that's how it feels and Ian finds those things a little overwhelming too.
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