It was an idyllic day weatherwise and I spent it well.
6 of my mini group went to visit a lady who has just last month opened her collection of 100 years of old Singer sewing machines. We spent a fascinating hour with her and found models of machines that most of us learnt to sew on. As well as the machines she has on display associated items like cotton, thimbles, irons, toy machines and wall hangings with a sewing theme. All the machines are in working order! One photo shows her oldest machine of 1893. It and some others all had to be wound by the right hand which must have made sewing more difficult unless you had a small child to wind for you as you sewed. Some of this type of hand powered machine are still of great use and treasured in island countries without electricity.
It's a fabulous collection to see. Do you like her wall hanging...amazingly well done.
We then took ourselves and our picnic lunch and sewing down to the waters edge at Otumoetai and gazed out across the ebbing tide at Mt. Maunganui. Not a breathe of wind or cloud above.
I then came home via the Super market with fresh fish for dinner.
What a fabulous way to spend a day while we wait for our turn to pick that fruit!