Up North – Adventures in the Sand

After our sailing adventures, Kira and I headed north. Our first stop was Kapowairua (Spirits Bay) campground. Wairua means spirit or soul in Maori. According to the Maori people, this bay is where the souls of the dead gather to begin their journey to their ancestral home. The bay itself is absolutely beautiful. The campground is right... Continue Reading →

Adventures on the Camara

The Camara is a 80ft sailing yacht that Kira and I got to sail on. The Palmers (Peter, Christina, Cameron, and Tara) acquired her 4 years ago and have been working on a major refit ever since. More information about the refit and the history of the Camara can be found here. With the refit now complete,... Continue Reading →

Morning Ripple Scarf

The beginning of a new year means a new project for me and this year I chose to spin something. I learned how to spin last year and I've been obsessed ever since! I wanted to do something to challenge my new skill set and also use up some of my fiber. I had 50... Continue Reading →

Warping Up a Loom

I'm super excited to write this post; I got to help warp up a very big floor loom back in November and it was awesome! It was so exciting because the whole thing appealed to both my creative and engineering tendencies. For my creative folks: the loom is able to weave very cool and intricate... Continue Reading →

New Zealand, Part 2

It's been awhile since I've written a blog post... sorry but I've been a bit busy! I have some down time coming up though and plenty of experiences to share. I should be able to knock out a few posts in no time. That said, I want to use this post to reflect. I find... Continue Reading →

From Alpaca to Scarf

One of my big goals for my NZ trip was to create something from shearing to knitted project. I've just finished making a scarf from an alpaca that I helped shear, which ticks that off my list. As they say pics or it didn't happen so here's some pictures! First step, I needed to get some... Continue Reading →

Dory Sprung a Leak!

I discovered a leak in Dory's radiator the other day which isn't great because I plan to do a good bit of driving in the next few weeks! I started noticing some steam coming up from the hood a couple of weeks ago. I couldn't see anything when I looked under the hood, the engine... Continue Reading →

First Spinning Attempts

One of the things I've been learning at Cuesta Alpaca is how to spin! I'll do another more in depth post on how spinning works once I'm done with my current project (I'm spinning some fleece from an alpaca that I got to help shear!), but for now I thought I would share some of my... Continue Reading →

Chillin’ with Alpacas

So this post is a bit over due... but I've been having fun with alpacas, so you'll have to forgive me! I've been helping out at Cuesta Alpaca for the past couple of weeks. One of my jobs has been to help look after and train their seven baby alpacas.  Yes, there are more than seven alpacas... Continue Reading →

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