by Lesly / Sunday, 7 November 2010 /
I know these are apples and pears, not kiwis, but I refer to my brother, Reed, and his wife, Jan, who came for an all too short visit this week. They immigrated from Tennessee to New Zealand four years ago. I saw my brother last at my mother's funeral in 2008, so I was very happy to be able to spend a few days in his company laughing and feeling happy. The weather was cold and damp, so we didn't do much running around, beyond an obligatory trip to the Lake to look across at the wind turbines on Wolfe Island.
We ate at the new burger place, which was very good. So good I forgot to take a picture until it was all eaten up.
My brother ordered a beer float - pumpkin ale with vanilla ice cream. He wasn't thrilled, but was glad he tried it. The rest of us noshed on a s'mores cheesecake with homemade marshmallows. My husband is giving the thumbs up in this picture, and quite right! It was delicious!
We stopped at my favourite jewelry store so I could show my sister in law the loot. I didn't buy anything, but I drooled awhile.
They have a little dog in that store with the unlikely name of Poulet. He likes to sit in the window and here he is, people-watching.
We had a lovely time, although not long enough. New Zealand is so far away. I don't enjoy flying one little bit, but I will have to go to a conference in Hong Kong in 2013, so I expect I will take a detour to NZ on that trip. That gives me plenty of time to lay in a store of tranquilizers for the flight!
Anyway, because I was hanging out with Reed and Jan, I was dilatory in posting the winners of my giveaway, which closed on Friday. There were 112 comments - wow! And so many lovely, lovely comments about my quilts. I found it interesting that each of my quilts was picked by at least one person as their favourite, even the very oldest ones, but the most popular seemed to be Wine Gums. I wish I could send everyone who left a comment a prize! Alas, it isn't possible, so without further ado, the winners are:
For the Oh Cherry Oh charm packs, Gigiquilts.
For the Kona solids, Jo Chu
For the pincushion, Brenda,g34
For the Quilt Patis templates, Laura
Congratulations, ladies! I will be sending you an email asking for your mailing address in the next 24 hours.