Pattern drafting is one of my least favourite parts of dressmaking (I am so glad that the major project I’m currently working on uses print-at-home, even if I did have to scale it from a 300×300 .jpg).
My ‘assistant’ has different feelings about it, however
she also enjoys chasing around toiles, hiding under my dress form, lace, and organza (more than me, most days).
So it’s nearly April again, which means we’ve got another April Fool’s day coming up to endure/enjoy. There are some very well done ones out there, mainly those done in the spirit of confusion/fun without any malicious intent (xkcd‘s Umlat comes to mind).
However, the last few years I’ve become increasingly fed up with the way *some* people treat the day; as an excuse to be mean/cruel/inappropriate and then turn on anyone who gets offended and denigrate them for ‘not getting the joke’ (thereby avoiding having to think about the problematic nature of their humour). Alternatively, there are the ones that are really obvious, but which the perpetrator thinks are *so clever* and get unbearably smug about (the ones that work too well aren’t great either).
This is why I just stay out of the whole thing, while resisting any attempts to allow myself to be gaslighted into thinking I’m the crazy one over the whole thing.
A cute picture to offset the seriousness of this post
I finally got around to making a youtube channel and putting some of my videos on it. First up, a selection of clips taken at various zoos and aquariums in Victoria and Tasmania (mostly Victoria, Tasmania does not have a state-funded zoo, and the private parks are a decidedly mixed bag).
One of the most amazing places I’ve seen, said to have the clearest water in the world. Easy to see why they are sacred
The Kererū, a large and somewhat ungainly pigeon native to New Zealand, settles in to an introduced plum tree to stare at the human
Another one, this time nibbling at fruit and twigs in a more natural setting, in between brick-like flights through the canopy
So we were in New Zealand last month, so I thought I would do a series on the wildlife we saw there, which is well-known for evolutionary oddities. So, wekas. The weka (Gallirallus australis) is a large flightless rail with four subspecies and a variety of buff, reddish, brown and black colour morphs. They are common in places but have a significantly contracted range and are classified as vulnerable. We saw western wekas throughout the West Coast of the South Island.
Being fearless, inquisitive birds, some had scoped out picnic grounds and carparks as viable territories, while others had claimed the walking tracks.
Another weka, this time in captivity at the Willowbank Wildlife Sanctuary.
A buff Weka maybe? In a zoo, either way
As a predator, conservation of wekas can be complicated as their prey includes other endangered species, such as the eggs of the Takahē, the endangered giant flightless coot.
December = Christmas tree = Happy kitty = some stress for humans
We have a plastic tree, less mess in the rental house and less reactive if she eats it. She was getting highly ‘into it’ before the box was even open.
This is relevant to my interests…
Then she started the important business of chasing around decorations.
And resting under the tree looking innocent, until next time she feels energetic…
I’ve been doing a lot of flying for me lately (and not nearly enough blogging). I still haven’t done enough to become inured to the views though, even when it’s just clouds and water.
On a flight over the Tasman sea
Clouds look so different from above, like a solid landscape even though they’re no more solid than when you view them from below
I’ve written this particular plant off so many times but it just keeps recovering