It's been a little longer than usual since I last wrote something here, due to an extra-busy few weeks. But it always feels good to sit down and reflect on the nicest parts of each week. This blog is useful like that.
Friends came to visit and brought me the giant waratah flower you see in the top picture. It's a real beauty, glossy dark red with a sturdy, almost trunk-like stem. Thinking about Australian plants led me to the delicate illustration work of Edith Rewa - isn't it beautiful?
My sister also came to stay and she delivered a bag of juicy lemons from warmer climes (i.e. my parents' orchard in the South Island) and the first thing I made with them was this lemon slice. The best! I'm thinking the remainder of the lemons might have to become lemon curd, or perhaps this cake for afternoon tea in a few hours.
It's the school holidays at the moment, and while Tom and I have been too busy at work to go away anywhere, we have managed to do a few evening things together. The other night the kids and I took our dinner down to a rocky spot on the coast and seagulls swooped around us, desperate for leftovers. It was extremely windy and cold, but even so, brought a hint of Wellington summer evenings. We're all looking forward to longer days and being outside more often.
Tom had a suffrage-themed dinner to attend for his work, and asked me to make a white camellia pin for his jacket. Camellia flowers were a symbol of the suffrage movement in the late 1800s in NZ. Suffragists gave white camellia blooms to parliamentarians who voted to finally allow women to vote.
It was midnight when I got to work on it, so it's not quite as glorious as I'd hoped. But fun to make, anyway! I'm proud of being a descendant of women who signed the Suffrage Petition in 1893, so I might need to refine my design and make some more of these camellias for my own coat.
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I hope this dispatch finds you well, dear reader. See you next week!
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