Bouquet Glow

Firstly, thank you all for your unending support through this quakey bollocks!

Secondly, here's some cheery pix from Sunday afternoon, which was sunny and pleasant with no sense of foreboding....

Feast your eyes on my other new hat!

Isn't it glorious!?

I'm quite in love with it!

It looked quite fetching with my gorgeous frock, it's another treasure from my beloved Vix !

The cardi is from Selcuk, Turkey, the coral tights were also from Vix, I think, and the shoes from Trade Me.

See my tabby boy under the chair!

The blingy 70's necklace rocks my world!

We went into work this afternoon, after managing to get into my sewing/dressing room.

Drawers and a small shelf had fallen arse over and blocked the door.

What a frigging mess!


We've had more breakages, the most disappointing being a sheesha pipe-not the usual tourist tat-that we brought home from Egypt in 1992. Totally fecked. That glass lamp from Turkey I showed off the other day that got a bit smashed from the February quake? Totally fecked now.

It's just stuff.

But it's saddening.

More buildings gone, houses coming off cliffs, shit for miles!

Le sigh.

But we carry on-what else do you do?!

Looking in the door of my room.

Much jewellery and bags and stuff under those drawers.

G is going to secure them asap.

Both my sewing machine and overlocker came off the sewing table; there are some bits broken off my machine, the overlocker seems ok.

Pins all over the place!

The pantry emptied out again!

No broken sauce or oil bottles this time, though.

Our mate Dave K came round last night, so instead of going to bed, I got thoroughly plastered with him and G and listened to music.

I'm suffering mightily today.

But it was cathartic.

This coming weekend, G and I are going to Kaikoura for our friend Dave M's 40th!

That will be a welcome distraction.

We've got a cabin booked in the local campground, and I'll be visiting Lemon Dolly, the funkiest vintage shop in town!
Small pleasures!


Straight Talking Mama! said...

Ah you look so fabulous.

I saw the news about aftershocks before I went to bed last night, they sounded more like earthquakes than aftershocks.

I'm glad you are ok even if you have stuff to sort out AGAIN! What a nightmare, stay safe

Vintage Vixen said...

What a bloody mess that darned earthquake has made, you are so cool about it, such an inspiration. Us Brits would be in a state of chaos.
That frock is beautiful on you with that amazing headpiece and crochet cardi, you look absolutely ravishing (and so does Harvey).
Love you!

Miss Claire said...

I can't believe you're going through this again-when will it end?!! I admire your attitude...of course you're looking divine as usual! That hat is ah-mazzzing!!!! Xoxoxox

Love claire & chomby (i have some pics of him to put up tonight!)

Perdita said...

Amazing hat, what a colour.

The house! Poor thing! :( All messed up. Hope it gets sorted out soon.

Anonymous said...

the after-quake pics are shocking! it must have been terrifying for you. i am so glad i never experienced anything like it. i always left all the places before the natural disasters happened ;)
by the way, i adore the pic with the cat and you. looks like the little furball is part of an accurately choreographed photo.
if you wanna have a look at my blog, you can see mummy-to-be doris with her tummy. the baby already moves inside her and sometimes punches out limbs - never when i am with her though.

Ronnie Rabbit said...

Lovely colours in your dress, such a shame about your turkish lamp tho....maybe its time for another holiday there, that way you can escape those quakes.Such a mess, bless. You have a great attitude towards them tho, I think I would be a nervous wreck. Have you ever thought of moving away?Your house is so beauitful, shame you cant pick it up and move it somewhere, if only?

Louise said...

Oh my lovely, that's a tremendous hat and very Mrs. Slocombe-esque.

That's terrible about the aftershocks, and what a mess. I hope it all settles soon.

Love xx

Nelly said...

I feel for all you Churchchristites I wouldnt be abel to handle it so well.Love that hat your looking ever so smart again.

Penny Dreadful said...

What a mess. As you say it is just stuff, but you get more attached to some things than others. It is memories isn't it. That hat is fabbalicious xx

OP SHOP MAMA said...

Glad you've got some respite to look forward to.. what a shit it all is.

It is just stuff, but don't we love our stuff?! Our treasure makes us happy, along with friends and family of course! But the trinkets are part of our personality, aren't they.. so I totally get how gutting that would be, to see your stuff all trashed..

Bollocks to the whole thing.

YOu seem to be coping really well.. Best of luck with it all.

two squirrels said...

You are just a ray of sunshine!!! Gorgeous!!
Love to you sweet!

Rose&Bird said...

Gosh, what a mess! I admire you guys just getting on with life. Hope the sewing machine is still working. Wish I lived near enough to send you a spare machine.

That is a fantastic outfit, especially the hat. I've always been a bit wary of orange tones with red hair, but it looks amazing on you x

jkubenka said...

You look stunning and brilliant in that orange! If I lived near you, if I weren't cleaning up my own quake mess, I'd bring over a bottle of something and help you clean up your quake damage!

Kelly said...

Terrible you guys are suffering again with the quakes. Keep safe. xxx

p.s that hat is mad, but in a good way. And only you could wear it so well.

Miss Peregrin said...

Argh, when will those damn quakes leave your little place alone. At least you have fabulous hats to keep your spirits up! This orange ensemble looks great!

VainGlorySinner said...

What a mess that quake has made of your room! All I see is pretty purples and funky fabrics so at least it's a pretty mess!

Poor Mr.Pantry!

You look like sunshine! I adore that crocheted bright orange cardigan! The hat is splendid and SO you!

I'm glad you've got some happy times coming up and I am looking forward to hearing more about this Lemon Dolly shop! I am intrigued! xxx

pastcaring said...

Hope the tidying up is underway, sorry you lost some pretty treasures along the way, but you, G and the pusskins are OK, so that's the most important thing.

LOVE the tangerine dream of an outfit, especially that beautiful sunburst of a hat!

KibitzKnitz said...

Oh my Dearest Helga! How Frustrating it must be to continually be 'righting' things and cleaning up. Yes, it's a Blessing to have stuff to 'right', as well as a roof, water, etc. (as I know you are well aware) but *sheesh!* it's enough to make anyone DONE with the rumbling (this is why I living in Michigan, not Cali).

That said, you're hat is GLORIOUS!! I totally Love it, plus it Orange. And those shoes... Mmm-Mmmm, Good! Have a fun and Peaceful vacay and Pace Yourself, Darling! ;^)

Bonnie said...

It's awful that you are still experiencing after shocks. But despite all that you look fabulous. Orange is such a bright, happy color and you are gorgeous in it.

Krista said...

So sorry about more shakes from mother nature.

You are an absolute tangerine dream!!!!!

Psycho Sue- Sew Misunderstood said...

just when i had fallen in love with you in green---you wore peach!! argh! LE GASP! I love this color on you even more than green. So so sorry about quakey shakey my love. it will pass soon. keep safe!

seƱora Allnut said...

you're so pretty with all that orange color around you, bright and vitaminic, and quite ethnic-retro-chic!, love orange color!!

and I'm so sorry about shakes that damaged your pretty delighful room, but also relieved because you're ok!!

Mrs Munster said...

Those earthquakes. I think you've had your share of them already! Who needs a sun when you've got Helga in this fabulous & bright outfit. The hat is awesome.

Smashingbird said...

Oh Helga you are such a trooper. Hope you don't get anymore aftershocks. xxx (btw the hat is glorious!)

Miss Magpie said...

Your pantry looks like my house after Himself has been 'looking' for something!

I really hope that is it for aftershocks.

delia hornbook said...

so sorry to see all the mess for you again bloody nature. It may be just stuff but there memories attached and that is whats sad i feel. I adore your outfit today and against the yellow backdrop well it is fruity heaven ;-)) Have a lovely time away, dee x

Pull Your Socks Up! said...

I'm just so glad you're safe darling woman - what a frightful bloody mess and I'm so sorry to hear about the loss of some wonderful memorabilia from your travels. I must say that I'm completely smitten with your hat and outfit - I cannot believe how god damn gorgeous you are - loving the fringe too! You upcoming weekend on the Kaikoura Coast sounds delish and just what you and G need. xoxoxoxoxo

Alex said...

Oh honey, more fecking aftershocks?! I apologise for being quite massively out of the loop - it was Beth's funeral yesterday and my mind hasn't been in the real world for a little while.

All your poor stuff :( It looks a right mess - I don't envy you having to tackle the clear up.

Nearly forgot to mention the outfit!! That hat is quite amazingly jaunty. One of my weekend frock purchases is a bit similar to the one you're sporting here but I don't think it's warm enough to wear it yet. Gargh.

Misfits Vintage said...

Amor - you look frickin AMAZINGSAUCE - the fabric on your frock rocks my universe! And the new hat is magical. I just adore your entire ensemble.

And as for the mess - well, if I were there I'd help you clean up, then I'd pop you in my suitcase and bring you home to live with me. We have fire, drought and flood but no earthquake or volcano! I am so sorry - and I hope these rotten aftershocks end NOW.

Loveandtelephone, Sarah xxx

Mexico in my kitchen said...

Dear and beautiful Helga,
I know, I do not visit you often but when I saw the news the first think that came into my mind was you and your family.

The only thing that I did was to pray for you all.

Thank God you are all fine, hopefully the kitties are back by now.



Shewearscrazywell said...

I love you in orange! Seriously, you look so lovely. I get so scared about the quakes with all of you there. I admire your strength and how you pick up and move on...but you really do mean a lot to me...your a very special blog buddy and I just pray for your safety..and G's...and everyone of your friends, fam, and neighbors. I love you all...stay safe...that is indeed the most important thing, but I like my stuff I understand how you must feel. Love you, Janna Lynn

Vintage Coconut said...

Well with a gorgeous headpiece like that I am suprised you did not have people following you trying to catch a sniff of those lovely orange flowers ;)

Awww I am very sorry to see what that stupid quake did to your sweet little home. I hope it's over now, and never comes back!

Comtesse de ferveur said...

This quake stuff, I'm so sorry! But you are a lesson in how look fabulous right through it! I'm loving your new hats (the turban from the other day) xxx

Comtesse de ferveur said...

By the way, I think you should keep a wee fragment of anything precious that breaks, you will still have a trigger to the memory it brings back then! xxx

La Dama said...

Ahh look at all your lovely stuff all over the floor amor. hang in there I admire your bravenest.
Your looking gorgeous in that peachy hat,I so need one of those floral hats.

Anonymous said...

Sunday's outfit was luminous!

Perhaps the house should be done up as cabins are on cruise ships...