There have been a whole bunch of rather neat things happening around the workshop this weekend and I thought I would share them photgraphically with you.
Rob's wife Carys organises the shipping for most of what is sent from Majacraft and the other day their (Rob and Carys') daughter Hope spent the afternoon with us. She is a delight to have around and made a leaf necklace that I couldn't not take a picture of.
I was reading in the paper recently that some of New Zealand's butterflies are in some danger as people are poaching them and exporting them to other countries for collectors. Because they are invertebrates, they are not covered by the conversation laws in the same way as our other animals. One of the butterflies being targetted is the Admiral family.This week this Orange Admiral arrived in the packing area and flew around the spider webs with something of a suicidal fervor. We carefully caught it and I managed to get a couple of photos before it was let go again.
The final interesting bit of news was the arrival of this hot rod. It belongs to a family friend that we have known since I was a child. He has always been a HUGE car nut building hot rods for fun and show. This is one that he imported from the US and rebuilt over here. Inside, there are no skins on the doors or anything. It has a big V8 engine and we were commenting on how noisy it must be to drive in. Well, Chris (the owner) said that he actually has to drive with earplugs in because it is so loud. Plus, he can't drive it in the middle of summer as it gets so hot that the combination of the weather and engine actually ends up burning his feet! Personally, after looking at it, I wouldn't care because it was AWESOME
Have a great weekend.
My wife Toni had some jobs to do this morning so I offered to take care of our daughter Sophie for a couple of hours. There are plenty of child size activities to do in the office but she was keen to come and spend time with me in the workshop. Being a very helpful young lady I thought that she might like to do a bit of sanding. At this stage she is only part time however as her wage expectations are very favourable (Milo and biscuits), we are strongly considering employing her full time!
Our first week back at Majacraft is over and it has been a lot of fun. There are so many irons we have in the fire which we will be sharing with you over the year it is just crazy. I have been mixing my time with doing the pre assembly work on Little Gems (building cranks, drilling bases and so on) with getting the blog up and going again and other (super secret) CAD work.
As for Rob, he is simply an amazing Jack-of-all-trades, spraying gluing, building - the list goes on and on. Baz (who made a guest appearance in one of our recent newsletters) builds our Rose carriers from scratch before he passes them on to others for the final touches. Here is Rob gluing the handles and magnets into the carriers - and wondering when he can go home for a rest!
Have a great weekend and I will catch you next week.
And so another year has started today. A month off has gone very quickly in retrospect. Wheels are going out the door and we are busy making plans and schemes ready for lots of fibrey goodness in the upcoming year! I sincerely hope you all had a lovely Christmas and New Year
Our Camp is approaching fast and I am getting excited about the visit to Wellington and the opportunity to meet Lexi/Pluckyfluff. I think it is going to be very cool to her come visit wee New Zealand. If you are on the fence about coming along, I would recommend it highly - but move quickly.