Small Town Ross

We left Hokitika and drove south on the west shore of the North Island. Our aim was Franz Josef glacier. But before we got there we stopped for a cup of coffee. It was small town Ross where we stopped. We started looking for a coffee shop and saw this sign: The sign said it… Read More →


We loved that all place-names were in Maori, they haven’t been changed to English, except the modern cities that were founded and build after English people arrived. Punakaiki are famous by Pancake Rocks. The Pancake Rocks are a heavily eroded limestone area where the sea bursts through several vertical blowholes during high tides. We arrived… Read More →

Christchurch and Greymouth

April 1st was the Easter Day.  Day before, March 31st,  we  were leaving Wellington and flying to the South Island, to Christchurch. Before leaving, early in the morning, we  boiled 6 eggs for our Easter meal. We boiled them in our own brewed dye that was reddish brown color. Unfortunately, our eggs were brown already… Read More →


We arrived to Wellington and that’s where our itinerary with Relaxing Journeys was over. We had almost three full days in Wellington and were on our own. We had to figure out what to do and where to go and keep in mind that we were there on Easter weekend, when many offices and stores… Read More →

Taupo and Napier

From Rotorua we traveled more south and our next stop was Taupo. Taupo is located at the outlet of  Lake Taupo, New Zealand’s largest lake. It is in the caldera  of the Taupo volcano with a surface area of 616 square kilometers (238 sq mi).  The caldera was created by supervolcanic  eruption which occurred approximately 26,500 years… Read More →


Rotorua is another must to see in New Zealand’s North island. It is known for its geothermal activity, and features geysers  and hot mud pools. We had two nights there and we wished we had more. So much to see! Not only to see but also to smell! Rotorua has the nickname Sulphur City, because… Read More →

Finally-New Zealand!

I know many of my friends are patiently waiting until I can tell them about my recent trip to New Zealand.  After I returned and was still struggling with a jet lag, I had to deal with a harsh reality: to make three small quilts in a week! Now, when that is behind me and… Read More →

Kingdom of Dahomey

I’ve never thought I would travel far away to Africa and 300 years back in time to The Kingdom of Dahomey. That’s where African country of Benin is now. No, I didn’t travel to there in real but I took this imaginary trip and I hope you will enjoy traveling with me. It started back… Read More →

Pelargoniums and Shakespear

My trip to Birmingham wasn’t limited to visiting The festival of Quilts and exploring Birmingham. My daughter Danute accompanied me and she had her own agenda. She loves crafts, she knits and crochets but I am not sure if she will ever become a quilter. She has another kind of passion: pelargoniums (or geraniums). She… Read More →

The Festival of Quilts, Birmingham, 2017

Even I sent my quilts for a contest to The festival of Quilts in Birmingham before, this was the first time I went to see it with my own eyes. My daughter Danute accompanied me as she had her own plans. That’s why we booked 5 nights in Birmingham, plenty of time to explore not… Read More →