Tag Archives: Stained Glass

My Place Monday – Glass

Window Sill

It turns out that quite a few  people like blue glass! So I thought I’d expand on my photo from the HooHaa 365 Group.  I actually have quite a lot of blue stuff – mostly cobalt blue coloured glass bottles, but a few other bits as well.  There is blue glass in the kitchen, the laundry, the bedroom & the living area!!  I’ve only just been able to get some of it out again & show it off now that the kitchen renovations are nearing finished.  It looks good – but still not as good as it used to in the flat that PB & I first lived in.

Now I had to fish this actual photo out of one of my scrapbooks and scan it, so please appreciate it!! LOL

Back in the day

My fascination with glass started with this little piece that I brought a long long time ago – yikes – over twenty years ago – now that I figure it out. It was all that I could afford at the time back when Hoglund Glass was just a small venture in a the Craft Habitat in Nelson .  Now I can hardly afford to look at Hoglund Glass, never mind buy it!! I just don’t have the hundreds & thousands of dollars lying around that some of their pieces command today.

Hoglund Glass

Crafts & Coins


This is a little catch up post on a few things that I’ve said I would show people over the last couple of months!!

My first attempt at a mosaic title.

Here is my mosaic title that I made at Art in the Park a few weekends ago. A few different crafty people have wanted to have a look at this.  The person who did the grouting didn’t take quite as much care over it as I probably would have – but who am I to say really, as I’ve never done grouting and certainly not done the amount that she would have had to after the weekend!!  It’s my first ever attempt at such a thing, but it was kind of fun and I could easy add it to my list of hobbies to do more of one day.  

Do you know this frog?

And here is a somewhat familiar looking Froggy that Katy Rose, ErikaJean  & PJ all thought they recognised in an earlier blog post. Were they right……… ??? Perhaps they’ll let us know!!  We are hoping to be able to go to stained glass classes again soon, but the funding for the community classes at our high school got cut last year, so all the classes finished up. Our tutor was hoping to get his class running again this year, but at the moment he’s not well. So we are all hoping he’ll get better soon.

 (Hey Norwood… Nooorrrrwoooodd – you rrrrreally got to look into geocaching some more – there is a Frog in charge!)

And here – just for Tracy – the wonders of the world of geocoins!!  This is our small collection.

 See this photo at Flickr for the info on how we got each one.

Our trackable planisphere geocoin - there is a Northern Hemisphere version too.

Our geocoin collection

Now – if I’ve said  that I’ll show anything else – please remind me what it was!

And BTW – if there’s any words you would like added to the Glossary, just let me know too. I haven’t put anything in there for a bit.

Peninsula Caching

Between a birthday party and a bit of shopping in the city, we managed to fit in a few geocaches – just nineteen, but it got us up to 1450. Most of them were in the Banks Peninsula area, and a couple in other places.

 The ones below are my favourites from the trip.

 GC1WQX6 BK&J Suggested. We had a sunny blue sky drive over to the birthday party, just doing the one detour for a cache(… mainly because there’s only a very few caches we haven’t already done on that route!!!) The scenery was awesome at this one, and as a bonus we saw a little skink. When I was a kid skinks seemed really common, but this is only the second one I remember seeing in recent years.  It was quite small – probably a young one, and we only saw it briefly –twice for me & three times for PB, so I would not even like to guess what species it was! Yet another one of those fleeting moments of serendipity that caching allows us.  And when I think about it, the last time we saw a lizard, it was at a cache site too.

Skink Territory

A brisk walk before breakfast is always a good way to start the day so we went after this one before breakfast on Saturday.  GCA1B2 River Lookout was just a few hundred metres from our camping ground. We initially had a bit of mis-direction from the not-so-helpful GPS, but when we got on the right track I realized that I should have trust my geosenses, because it WAS behind the tree that I had picked.

Ashley River view.

Following  such a long walk all the way from the cachemobile,  we had to trudge the whole few hundred metres back again as well and we found ourselves in need of sustenance, so we adjourned to Seagars Café   to enjoy waffles and a nice fry-up for our breakfast.

Waffles for breakfast ??? ...... NOoooo not THAT Waffles .....

... THOSE waffles!!!!

Upon leaving Oxford we took a rather meandering route into the city of Christchurch past a few pretty much  road-side caches. However it was a worthy little detour as we got an accidental first to find! We must have been only about 5 minutes ahead of the STF as we almost ran into them at another cache, but we really didn’t know we were heading to a FTF –  this time it was just another cache on our GPS!!!  We did a bit of  double-take when we saw a blank page, and PB checked the PDA – but it showed no logs, so it seemed that we were genuinely first – and so it turned out to be!   GC22PDZ Bus Stop   

We’ve recently purchased  a new map and camping book with a Christmas book voucher, so we tried it out of the first time to find a new spot to camp on Banks Peninsula. It came up trumps, and we had a lovely night free camping at French Farm Bay. (Well, almost free because we paid the $4 suggested donation.) We’d almost walked another couple of hundred metres up the road to a near-by cache on the Saturday night, but another down pour of rain hit just as we’d made up our minds to go, so we opted to change our minds and not go!  Which turned out to be a great choice, as while we were hunting in the morning we also enjoyed the kingfishers nearby. We’d had a kingfisher greet to us from the tree beside the van first thing as well. PB got a few photos of it from in the van, but as soon as we opened the door, it flew away.

There is a kingfisher!

We stopped in at Akaroa to find a couple of caches and to provide a little entertainment for the tourist.  Finding the caches was intentional, and entertaining the tourist purely an optional extra.  We were sitting in the van on the shore eating our lunch and I was writing postcards, while PB decided to feed the seagulls. Well. Soon the van and the ground were swarming with seagulls who became increasing more assertive about their need for bits of bread.  They were swooping past PB’s open window, and almost IN the window, standing on the front of the van glaring through the windscreen at us and romping on the roof. And we had quite a number of tourists stop and stare at the seagulls staring at us!!!

Seagulls on the sunroof

Staring Seagull

After that visit to a rather damp Akaroa, we did a little bit of a detour  Through Tane’s Park GCNJ0C. And it was a good thing that we did, as we found a cache badly in need of repair. Probably a possum had recently got into it, as the contents were scattered everywhere. We recovered everything and found that the log book was dry which was the main thing. So we dried the cache out as best we could – while everything was getting damp again from the drizzle! – and put what we recovered in new plastic pages, added a new pencil and jammed the container more tightly into the space we thought it came from. Hopefully we put it back in the right place and arranged it in such a way that not even a very dexterous possum could pull it out!!  We didn’t get the view though –I’m sure it was there behind the cloud.

Scattered by a possum?

My favourite cache of the trip was this one: GC1QRPA St Kentigern Side Track. This one was beside a charming little country church, with really beautiful stained glass.  I will let the photos tell their own story.

Saint Kentigern's

The Good Shepherd

The Saints

Just a bit further up the road we found Old School GC21330 – I have to confess, I actually didn’t see the cache here! LOL I was occupied trying to get a photo of the old building, and then the strange and curious disease that seemed to be growing on the trees near GZ.

The Old School

Strange Disease?

And finally here is a photo of I won’t say which cache, but one of the best as far as camo on this trip!

Camo cache

Raining. Again.

 The builder has been, put in a beam, and gone again.  If it would stop raining, he would get the Gib-board and do that.

Out the office/craftroom window. There should be hills in the background.

So we have been:

Sitting on the window sill

Sitting on window sill. Glaring at dogs.

Snoozing under the big desk (a kind human kindly rearranged her belongings so that there was room for two dogs.)

Snoozing Neve


Finishing off some Christmas gifts.

For a friend

Gifts for collegues

Now that the builder has gone, some of us will do housework. I guess the others will continue with sitting and snoozing.  🙂