|Tin Shed Yarns Cottage|
It's late summer here...well, autumn really.
There is just the slightest feeling of cool in early morning and late evening....like 15 degrees instead of 20 degrees!
|New Tractors to climb on|
|View looking South|
I have mucked about delaying a start on a lace project mainly due to the heat. Any old excuse, though I've seen and watched this summer deepen and this little community open up.
After seven months I can tell whose dog is barking.
I know the routine of the large Tongan/Maori family over the road. They work hard keeping it all together. Both parents working and the grandparents living there too. Grandad enjoys a drink and a smoke on the back door steps.
My solo/separated mum next door with shared custody of her children. Things get fraught with all the inter-sibling jealousies and power battles. She has given me gorgeous grapes from her vine.
The on-going renovation of the six flats next-door (all one-level). Isla has more or less been adopted by the on-site trades-men.
The retired farmer who lives alone and walks with his trolley everyday to the shops. He had a collie once too and has pushed photos of the dog through the letterbox for me. He has a speech impediment.
The lady down the road who lives as a tenant in a sleep-out. She has battled the alcohol and drug demons and is trying so hard to keep a job down. The local fruit and veg shop gave her a trial...as did the thrift store (we call them Opportunity Shops).
|Helen's Villa (which became the name of the town, Helensville)|
There's gossip too...and rumour...and disrespectful youths, but that's everywhere.
You can quietly work in a small town like this, and many artists do.
|Wood for winter|
I've had the chimney sweep in and all the prunings from the garden are stacked alongside the macrocarpa logs I ordered last year.
We take our firewood very seriously around here.
Bring it on....!
|Looking East to the MacKenzie hills|
Take care and, just so you know, I did not knit a penguin sweater...ever.
Tin Shed Yarns -just like a bought one.