Monday, 9 April 2018

21st PAR-TAY!

Hello Peeps,

Over Easter Miss H turned 21! She is now officially an adult.  

Miss H doesn't like big parties so she just had a little one with her close family and family friends down at the bach in Pauanui. Even the Geek (Miss H's brother) came up from Wellington. 

Look at the beautiful frame that was set up. 
The table not under the frame was for Miss H's nieces. 

The table was set with pretty pink spotted paper plates. 
And just look at that yummy tray of appetizers (which I was not allowed to eat, harumph!). 

Look at the beautiful flowers that the Mother and Miss H made. 
Sooooo much tracing and cutting out. 

The Mother's old window frame that will one day display a quilt was used to display pictures of Miss H. 

This was Miss H's beautiful party dress. This little sheepie thinks she looked so beautiful. 

There was a first course - but I was FAR more interested in the yummy dessert. 

Grandma made pavlova (which is a Kiwi classic) - it was filled with lemon curd! 
Miss H made some tasty chocolate muffins - I may or may not have sampled one...
And the amazing Miss Bee made the malteser cheesecake - divine - and the COOLIO birthday cake! 

And just look at the AMAZING cake! 
Miss Bee used special piping nozzles to make the amazing flowers. 

It was a wonderful party that reflected Miss H perfectly. 

I can't wait to show you her VERY special presents. 
One is very warm and snuggly... and another is hard and wooden. But those are the only hints I can give. 

And I was forgiven for eating Miss H's Easter decorations. She gave me a delicious chocolate Easter bunny. 

Lastly, Miss H had a wonderful prac with the Under Two's (her favourite one so far) and she was sooooo very sad to leave. 

Love from,
Baa. xxx

Thursday, 15 March 2018

I'm grounded...

Hello Peeps,

I will start with the good news: Miss H is LURVING her placement with babies! She has started thinking that they are the BESTEST age group.

Here is a piece of their artwork from an activity Miss H set up. 
She has another 2 weeks to go. I think she will be quite sad when its over. 

Now to the BAD news:
Easter is fast approaching so Miss H thought that it would be nice setting up some Easter decorations on the table. 

Doesn't it look coolio and delicious? Oh so DELICIOUS!

Yummmmmmy looking bunny and M&M eggs. 

Then Miss H left and I... well, I got into mischief...

In my defense they were irresistible and one should NEVER leave chocolate unattended on the table...
The temptation was just too much for this poor little sheepie!

So, now I am grounded... :(   and I have a tummy ache... :'( 

Love From
Baa. xxx

Saturday, 24 February 2018

Up the Mount

Hello Peeps,

Miss H starts her practicum (or placement) with under 2 year olds on Monday, so I will have lots of time to get into mischief  be a good sheepie while she is away. I will keep you updated on the trouble fun things I do. Hee...hee...hee...

Today Miss H and her friend climbed the Mount (that's what all the locals call it - it is actually called Mount Maunganui). I was not invited because Miss H said she didn't think sheep would be allowed up the mountain and it is a reserve.

But what did she find at the start of the walk!
"What do you mean sheep aren't allowed here?" baaaaaaa-ed this fellow before running off to join his many friends.
Harumph! Next time I will go too!

This is the view of Mount Maunganui beach - which Miss H and her friend swam (fully clothed!) after their hot and sweaty walk. 

 Beautiful views of the beach (left) and Matakana Island (right). 

This is the view of Tauranga City...

...and the Mount Maunganui area. 

Pronunciation hint: "au" is pronounced "oh". Syllables are split by the vowels - e.g. Tau/ra/nga 

Love From
Baa. xxx

Tuesday, 13 February 2018

In between studying

Hello Peeps,

How are you all?

Miss H and I have settled into our new home. I've been feeling homesick, and have even missed Snowy! But Miss H has kept me company and I'm feeling much better now. 

While Miss H has been busy writing the first two chapters of a MASSIVE research report, I have been snuggled up reading. 

And I must say, this is my new favourite book of all time. 

Aren't the puppies adorable?

Miss H has been stitching - these are two that she did parts of in class. (It was a very boring class...)

She has also started on this Christmas stitchery. There are four of them and they make up a mini quilt. She hopes to have them all finished by Christmas.

Mostly though Miss H crochets in class as it is easier and helps her to focus - really it does.
(Note: she is a good student who takes lots of notes in class and stops crocheting to write down what she needs to; and she knows which classes not to crochet in - scary lecturer!).

Look at how much she has done on the Mother's blanket! Hopefully she will have it finished by November.

Love From
Baa. xxx

Tuesday, 23 January 2018

Star Wars Pillowcase!

Hello Paw-Pals,

Look what the Mother made.  Yep, a Star Wars pillow case. Jenny of Elefantz and others are making gifts through the year so they have lots of lovely things to give away for peoples' birthdays and for Christmas.  
So the Mother thought she'd have a go at a pillowcase.  She actually got the measurements a bit wrong (which is what happens when you don't measure... woof.) - so it is a bit smaller than most pillowcases but no-one would really know!  Don't tell!!!

She actually made it for the guy who is co-manager with her at the Community Centre she works at.  She works 30 hours and he works 15.  He lurves Star Wars!  But you know what - I think it matches my dog bed perfectly...........just saying.........

This is MINE now! 

Slobbery Kisses,
Snowy. Woof!

Saturday, 20 January 2018

All In One Day

Hello Paw-Pals,

The Mother and Miss H had a busy day yesterday. Before Miss H heads to Tauranga in a week and a half, they decided to finish off some projects that had been waiting. ALL IN ONE DAY! Most of them were flimsies or stitcheries waiting to be turned into a cushion or mini quilt. 

This one is made from the same fabric as some of Miss H's bedroom quilts. 

Isn't this one lovely? Miss H is going to take it with her to Tauranga...

... well, that is what she thinks. But I have claimed it. 

Miss H loves dolphins and whales - so she couldn't resist stitching up this beluga. 

It has been turned into a table cover for her sewing/studying table in Tauranga. 
This is as close as I ever want to get to being underwater with fish. 

Miss H finished this stitchery years ago. 

And now it has been turned into this lovely mini and gifted to the Mother for her Easter decorations. 

Lastly, Miss H's small rabbit quilt using a Windsor Lane charm pack.

Aren't they regal looking rabbits?

There was one more that they got partway through but didn't quite manage to finish as it needs some embellishments. 

Slobbery Kisses,
Snowy. Woof! 

Thursday, 11 January 2018

Completed Nutcracker Christmas

Hello Peeps,

Miss H, the Mother, Snowy and I have been on a lovely summer holiday spending a lot of our time at the beach.

But I forgot to show you the dinner for Christmas Eve. So, even though Christmas has well and truly passed, here is our Nutcracker Christmas.

There was only 6 of us - the Boss, the Mother, Grandma, Miss H and two guests from England - friends of the Mother's from 30 years ago!

All the food was completely vegan. Miss H didn't even let the tea drinkers have milk for their cuppas (well, actually, she did offer almond milk but that's not the same...)

Miss H was the Head Chef and everyone pitched in and helped to make the dinner a success. 

First was appeterizers - assorted nuts of course!

Here is our dinner spread. 

This is the lentil roast - yum! 
But the gravy deserves a special mention. Mr. D, the Englishman, spent the entire time (about 3 hours) making the gravy - and it was totally worth it! 

We nicknamed the roasted cauliflower "The Brain" because that is what we thought it looked like. 

The recipe was by Jamie Oliver and it tasted truly divine!

Dessert was just as delicious. In the middle was a divinely rich raspberry chocolate truffle tart! And fear not, there was ice-cream (made with almond milk - it was REALLY good!). In fact, the only thing that didn't taste good was the store-bought vegan cheesecake (surrounded by strawberries) - cardboard would be an accurate description. 

And there was a salted caramel apple pie! YUM! Miss H decorated it with a kiwi and the 4 stars to represent the Southern Cross. 

This was the supper table at the end. Everything on the table represented one of the dances of the sweets in the Nutcracker ballet. 

Everyone, even the friends of the family who popped in as a surprise and had some dessert, loved the food! So Miss H's challenge of a completely vegan Christmas was a total success, and she incorporated the Nutcracker story throughout. 

This year it will be the Mother's turn to organise Christmas - and she has already chosen a theme...

Love From 
Baa. xxx