I feel like the whole country has heaved a sigh of relief. This winter has been awful. Not the coldest I remember, but just the worst. The wind. The rain. For those in Christchurch, the earthquakes.
We’ve just had a long weekend and I feel like God put his hand out and bathed us in sunshine and more warmth than I have ever known at this time of year, just to let us know. It’s going to be alright. Never have I known labour weekend to be so glorious. We were in t-shirts and shorts the entire weekend. There were drinks with good friends. There was warmth and laughter. There were so many boats being towed around the roads, it was so nice to see the summer toys out and about. Summer really is on its way.
One of the highlights for me was the Awhitu Wine and Food festival. A blanket spread on the grass, good friends, wine, food, the kids running off and doing their thing. Jacob knocking down four skittles in one go and winning Abby a soft-toy puppy she named ‘toffee after the horse she rode earlier in the day…
Then after the festival we drove around to Hudson's beach where we wandered knee deep into the tide looking for scallops. Admittedly the biggest thing we found was a paddle-crab that proceeded to latch on to Jacob’s finger letting him know under no uncertain terms was he to be picked up. This was about the same time I learnt all the undesirable words that nearly-12 year olds know but don’t usually use, unless a paddle-crab latches on to their finger and blood starts pouring out.
Anyway. I feel like I’ve been reminded that there is an end to the wind and rain. I know it’ll be back, probably tomorrow, but for now, I’m a happy gal. For those of you in New Zealand, I hope you had a weekend just as glorious.
It’s back to the grindstone though with assignments to do, wedding invites to design (sigh, thanks VJ hehehe) and even the occasional article to write. My Big Picture Class ‘Colour! Or is it Color?’ starts on Thursday, and I have things to do for that. If you’ve been thinking of signing up, but haven’t done so just yet, I really encourage you. The pre-class gallery is already overflowing, which is an indication that there are lots of keen students with plenty of inspiration to share. Looking forward to it!
Another idea for inspiration – and this is a must-do-now kinda thing… Aussie Scrap Source has a Becky Fleck sketch competition each week – I think the sketch for this week has to be in, like, tomorrow, but keep an eye on the blog for updated sketches each week! I have just seen Becky’s new book and it’s a goodie. It’s worth entering!
Hope your day is a good one :)