It was time to do more completion and less starting of new projects. I was sort of successful.
1. The ironing board is now functional. It looks like this:
There were indeed some plain blue and even plain beige covers in the shop. I did not care for them.
2. One shirt belonging to Favourite Handyman now fixed. Jackie at the Bernina shop advised me how and didn't charge me a cent for it. She is shopkeeper of my year.
3. Planted slenderette dwarf seedlings, celery seedlings and some polyanthus. Watered my basil and tomato pots.
4. Cooked loads of fried foods for dinner. I almost didn't provide dinner at all, because the garden was so much more interesting. Fried sausages, bacon, onions and mushrooms, plus I added butter to the steamed broccoli and asparagus. Only the carrot escaped the butter or oil treatment. It tasted beautiful.
Not quite done:
1. I began weeding the strawberry patch and bought a netting cloche to go over it and protect it from the birds. Probably another hour of work to go on that. I also bought some agria spuds to sprout and plant.
2. I extracted chook poo from the coop. This never stops as a job. For reasons I don't understand at all, they only like to hang out on the roost we built during the day. As chooks poo mostly in the night, this makes for a very pooey coop which always needs cleaning. Luckily we have a big coop (1 x 2 metres). The pea straw matted with poo also has to be great for the compost.
3. The Blackball care workers' project. This had to go on hold while I was in Auckland and today I found out what I need to do to wrap the project up. So tonight or tomorrow I need to write up my interview with the lovely Brenda. I want to say something along these lines (starting to write it now hopefully): For many people, the boundaries between paid and unpaid care work are quite blurred. Brenda B has looked after people for most of her life. As the youngest of six children, her father encouraged her and her older sister to help others, including running a family camping ground in the weekends for Brenda's uncle. Brenda was not yet a teenager. As a young woman, when her Dad fell ill and she was the only child without her own children, Brenda took on much of the care. This expanded when a brother and her mother also fell ill. In more recent years, Brenda has worked in several paid care work positions, including for the IHC, for PACT and at a local rest home. Some of the people she cared for at the rest home were men and women she had known since she was a child. Brenda went to all of the funerals of residents. Even when she stopped working there, she still went back to visit some of the residents. Brenda currently works for Pact, which she really enjoys. She combines this work with work for Home to Home. The respite care she provides for young people through this project is overnight, sometimes for up to a week continuously, and this is also a source of pleasure and satisfaction for her. Care work isn't hugely well paid, and it isn't protected by a clear national pay scale and a single, unified union, but people like Brenda, people who are often invisible in the pages of our local papers, glue our community together.
3. The second Colette Crepe dress. I cut out a new back facing last night. Despite an idea of lining the bodice completely instead of making facings, I have fallen back on the facings idea as I can't decide how to best incorporate the interfacing to strengthen the neck and armholes. It will be a yellow bodice and a brown patterned skirt. Yes I too am reminded of a Brownie uniform by the colour scheme. But people who rush off to Auckland with no warning and also buy new trainers up there have to find sewing satisfaction with sheets.
1. Honeysuckle and jasmine for the garden. Favourite Handyman has spoken of these scents as part of his Auckland childhood and I want to recreate them here. It's on my garden shop list for as soon as funds allow.
2. Knitting a Miette cardigan for goodness sake. I haven't even knitted more than a dozen rows of the doll's dress this last month, let alone an entire adult cardigan. But I am inspired by Patty the Snug Bug's post this morning, not to mention by perusing all the Ravelry Miette projects. No no no Sandra.
3. There are more sewing things to do but Colette crepe comes first. I want to wear the altered pattern which I spent so long on.
Much more important than all that stuff:
I'm copying this directly from an email I received this morning. I've signed the petition and hope the response to this petition is both overwhelming and successful.
Dear NCWNZ members and affiliates,
The National Council of Women of NZ, in association with the White Ribbon Campaign, has launched a petition calling for Facebook to immediately remove pages which promote sexual and other violence against women.
The petition is a response to Facebook’s decision to allow pages which promote violence against women. These pages include , ‘Punching pregnant women in the stomach,’ ‘You know she's playing hard to get when you're chasing her down an alleyway’, and ‘Riding your girlfriend softly ‘cause you don't want to wake her up.’
Facebook allows these pages to remain online despite their violation of the site’s Terms of Service which clearly prohibit users from posting material which is hateful, threatening, incites violence or contains gratuitous violence. There are also rules against bullying, intimidating or harassing other users, and using Facebook to do anything discriminatory.
But Facebook has refused to remove a proliferation of pro-rape and other pages promoting violence against women, despite receiving numerous complaints.
As we’re all aware, violence against women is an issue in New Zealand. Statistics tell us that one in four women will experience sexual assault, and one in three women experience partner violence in their lifetime.
Please support our campaign by signing the petition and letting your networks and contacts know about it. We’d love you to sign it straight away because we’re shortly going to send out a media release and the first thing the media will do is check to see how many names are on it!
Its very easy to sign, go to http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/violenceagainstwomenonfacebook/ and add your name. It’s quick and all you need is a valid email address.
Thanking you all in anticipation of your support,
National Council of Women of New Zealand (NCWNZ),
Level 4 Central House,
26 Brandon Street,
PO Box 25-498,
Tel: +64 4 473 7623