Thursday, 29 November 2012

Sew & Stitch & Bind it Together

One of the grand things about Christmas ~time
is, that it's the time of the children.
It's a time about a Child,
 about the children & for the children of the whole world.
And it's a time for story~telling & enchantment.

I loved finding this children's garden in Hamilton.
"The Potter Children's Garden"
Isn't the welcome mat wonderful!
Only a child would sit on a watery egg & be delighted!
And only in New Zealand would you find a kowhai flower slide.
Isn't it a good likeness...kowhai is the Maori word for yellow.
 I stopped to read the words on the seat over here.

Written for the children in Maori & in English.
These are the words to a little song.
Sew, stitch & bind it together.
A dear little song about coming together, working together & living together in harmony.

Whakarongo rä ... I listen
Whakarongo ake au.....I listen, where up high
Ki te tangi a te manu.....................
A bird flies
E rere runga rawa e.............. Its cry rings out
Tui, tui, tui, tui..... Sew, stitch, bind it together
Tuia i runga.................................From above
Tuia i raro..................................From below
Tuia i roto................................. From within
Tuia i waho...............................From outside
Tui, tui, tuia..............Sew and bind it together
Kia rongo te ao......................During the day
Kia rongo te pö ...................... And the night

Tui, tui, tuia.........Sew, stitch, bind it together

There's a wonderful Rudolph Steiner School just down the road from us.
They've been there a long time now.
I am often drawn to this place.
I love the creativity & the harmony & the thriving children.
They have just had their annual Taikura school fete.
It's all about the children..
I love to wander & observe all the happiness & the colour..
Sabine's Laakmann's felt work is breath-takingly beautiful & enchanting.
I had to be quick off the mark to get these pictures..
her lovely creations are very popular indeed.
Not surprising really is it..they're all about innocence & delight.
I am also readily drawn to the hobby horse can find Noble Steed Hobby Horses & Unicorns just here.
These horses didn't hang around for long either, off they galloped in a jiffy.
There were fairies & story~tellers, puppet shows &
 an Ice Queen..
 I am not quite sure what she did, but she was very lovely indeed..
There were plenty of comfy places to perch..
& so many fun things to have a go at.
 Not many places you go these days where you get to turn your hand to sword whittling?
 Isn't this a fabulous idea!
 There was also candle making & fairy boat creating & of
Such beautiful soaps...all that glorious scent & colour!
The annual experience of advent...the path way to celebration & joy will always be about the return, again & again to child~like wonder...with no apology,
via Pinterest
Wishing you simple joys & enough these coming weeks.
Always lovely to see you.


  1. Oh such a beautiful place to be - I love the felt work and would so much like to do some wood working. If only it wasn't all so far away, but your posts are like little windows on your world where I can stop and be there for a moment. Thanks for a lovely post as always. Betty x

    1. Hello Betty, yes I thought of you as I wandered around. You are so good at doing & creating hands on arty things. I think I am more an "observe what's going on & take pictures sort of person" because when you mentioned wanting to join in, I suddenly realised that it never occurred to me to want to do that too. Have a good week...hope the shoulders improving steadily. Much love C x0x0x

  2. How fun! I'd want to gaze and gaze at all that sweet loveliness. Thank you for giving us a look, GK!

  3. A beautiful post Catherine - have had no internet all week so just playing "catch up" I think I would definately have purchased one of those amazing felt people - that work is so beautiful. Also the hobby horses - how wonderful!! I think it looks an amazing fair with an array of delightful different things :-)
    And that little song about sewing & stitching & binding it together was simply beautiful. Have a lovely week, much love as always, Julie Xx

    1. Oh how annoying to keep losing the internet like that! Ours has been very "scratchy" itself this week...forever hopping on & off & then dragging it's feet half the time grrr! Still, I am sure that you've had plenty of other things to occupy your attention. It was fun realising that the words on the seat in a playground belonged to a song...glad you listened to it...Kaitiaki liked it too & he's 6 : ) Much love Catherine x0x0x0

  4. This is such a vibrant and hopeful post! I am so glad that you are joining in the Pause in Advent again this year - thank you! I really like the felt creations. It's unusual to see anything so unique now that many people share their ideas (or copy someone else's) on the internet.

  5. Hello Floss...thanks for letting me join in & for taking the time to visit, especially considering the state of your internet access & busy end of year commitments. Yes, that's an interesting reflection you beautifully crafted too. x0x


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