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reensstitcher · 14h ago

Cats we have had: Maui and Rua 1998-2001

Soon after moving to Oxfordshire we started looking for two kittens, a Siamese brother and sister.  We wanted seal point so we bought various cat magazines and found a pair the right age in ...
reensstitcher · 2d ago

Te Awanga holiday 1950

I only remember ever once having a holiday from Hastings that was not to either Wellington or Taupo.  My memories are a bit hazy but I will try to give a flavour of it.  It was Easter 1950. ...
reensstitcher · 2d ago

Tiki: Part 2

Tantallon RoadIn 1978 we moved to Balham.  We lived there for ten years.  Tiki was still with us and still capable of having adventures.  His first trick in the new house was to climb up ins...
reensstitcher · 2W ago

Cats we have had: Tiki Part 1

We named the first cat we had Tiki and ever since have had Maori names for our cats.  Because I knew I was somewhat allergic to cats we decided to get a Siamese as I had heard somewhere that...
reensstitcher · 2W ago

Cats I have known: Mbula

Cats have always been an important part of my life although we did not own one until I was eleven.  My father came from a family of animal lovers so we grew up with stories of the dogs and c...
reensstitcher · 3W ago

Recent reading: Jacob's room is full of books

I bought this book as part of my Christmas present to myself.  I read The Woman in Black many years ago but otherwise I have not read any Susan Hill.  I was interested in this one because it...
reensstitcher · 3W ago

2 North Terrace, Kelburn

We loved staying with our Wellington grandparents as everything was so different from Hastings.  My grandparents lived in Kelburn which was an established area of mainly large houses. I now ...
reensstitcher · 3W ago

Wellington Holidays from Hastings: the Journey

I cannot remember going on holiday from Havelock North and think we probably did not go anywhere as we were too small.  Instead our Wellington grandparents would visit us.  When we moved to ...
reensstitcher · 1M ago

Taupo holidays in the 1950s

I went to Taupo twice when we lived in Hastings, the first time in 1952 soon after I had been in hospital and then again in 1953.  On the first occasion I went on my own with my aunt and gra...
reensstitcher · 1M ago

Recent reading

 Elizabeth is Missing by Emma Healey.  Viking 2014I have decided that my new look blog should include notes on things I have read as reading takes up much more of my time than it used to.  T...