Creative Chaos

Creative Chaos

Sunday, 22 October 2017

Saturday, 21 October 2017

At home

I've just finished my first un-paid (unemployed I guess!) week at home. I l-o-v-e being at home. Okay, so we have basically lost my wage, but it was low and really only paid for food and power weekly, if that. We'll survive fine! We are lucky being able to live off one income.

I'm amazed at how fast the days go - if I get laundry and something else done, I'm happy!

I've been sewing in ends off the sock wool blanket -

 Finished knitting these for an ex-workmate (who has left too). Gone in the post to her for some surprise happy mail -

Started another sock to match this one -
 And part way through another matching one -

 $3.50 bargains from an op shop. Yesterday I dropped off 39 items of clothing from my wardrobe , 11 bags and some pairs of shoes (honestly I just threw it in the bag if I had not worn it this year and then closed my eyes when I dropped it all off!) -
 Made big progress on this - boy cross stitching is slow sometimes! -
 one more row to sew in ends and seven more squares to knit -
 Ends sewed in so many dishcloths which have been hanging around for months and months.... -
 Found another sock for another ex-workmate, which only had about 5cm started, so I finished that this week too and will hopefully start and finish the next one soon -
 One of my tomato plants has a wilting disease. I'll throw it out -
 And the roses are doing well this spring. A tinge of pink in this one -

 same rose bush -

 And here we are today, Saturday. Knitting while cramming stuff into my head! Laundry outside flying around as windy today. House pretty tidy. Half of NZ is so mad about the election outcome - it has been very humourous to me. Lots think NZ is now doomed. It can only improve from the state it was heading towards! Happy 3 day weekend too kiwis!

Thursday, 19 October 2017

It's like being on a Pacific Island but we're not...

I'm so HAPPY tonight - New Zealand has just ended up with a liberal (Labour with NZ First and Greens) government. We're bucking the trend of the rest of the world! 
National got higher votes as a party in the election, but more people voted for change.
We have to change - we can't continue with $1million being the average price of a house in Auckland, families living in cars, poverty getting worse, the school system failing 20-30 percent of students, low wages, some of the highest food prices in the world etc etc

Let me show you Mangere Town Centre. This was my local shopping centre close to my old school. It's in an area which is one of the poorest in the country. It's a total gem. It's like being in the Pacific Islands, with island food, clothing, culture and people day in day out.

Great clearance prices at the supermarket. Awesome fresh fish and veges. Incredible sushi.
It's always fun to go up at lunchtime, where community exercise is taking part.
The library is ace!

It's not a place where (let me be frank) white people really go, but the Pasifika people are genuine and fun. The school kids love seeing me in the supermarket!
I'll pop in there still.

Here's a few more of me at school before I left.