Say “Hi” to our European friends Clare and Joerg and their dog Digby!! Clare is originally from New Zealand. In a few years, the couple and their pup plan to move to their bungalow back in Clare’s beautiful homeland. Sounds amazing if you ask me!!! I loved reading their story about how they met!!! SO cute!! Here is Clare’s entry so you can read more!
|What are you family Members names, ages, color hair, color eyes, etc.? And, tell me a bit about their personality.*|
|Our International family consists ofClare – I am 5’3”, blue eyes, fair skin which burns easily, rosy cheeks and freckles. When I was younger I had very dark brown hair and later various shades of the rainbow out of a bottle (Black, Red, Blond, Brunette). Now I am eau Natural as a silver fox with a smattering of dark brown shoulder length straight hair.I come from the land of the ‘Hobbits’!!! in South Island of New Zealand (NZ). I am a qualified Occupational Therapist. I like to read, do creative stuff such as knitting, crochet and cross stitching, cooking, having fun with family and friends.Joerg is from Germany. He is 6’5” Blue/Green eyes which change depending on his mood. Joerg is also a silver fox with short grey hair.He is a Master Goldsmith and Jeweller and he likes to work hard and play hard. He has a great sense of humour which I think he learned from being my brothers friend for so long.
I met my husband 5 years ago when I came to Europe as three close family members were diagnosed with cancer. (They are all currently in remission following extensive treatment). Whilst I was here in Europe we decided to have a family get together for my mum’s 60th Birthday and my husband was my brothers best friend for over 10 years, so my brother lost his best friend but gained a brother in law!!!
Last but not least Digby-our 9 month old Fox Red Labrador Boy (we went for a black girl and ended up with a little red boy!) from Oxford in the United Kingdom. We saw him and fell in love with him and he is totally ruined. He also stops me from talking to myself.
We love travelling, exploring new places, going for walks come rain or shine, in the nearby forests and fields with Digby. He helps us to remember our inner child, to enjoy the little things in life and not take ourselves too seriously.
We are planning in several years to move back to NZ for our second childhood (retirement). We have a 3 bedroomed bungalow in NZ waiting for us to come ‘HOME’. It is our 1/4 acre dream, it has lots of fruit trees and bushes in the garden including, Kiwi, Mandarins, Orange, Grapefruit, Plum, Apricot, Lemon, Lime, blackcurrant and blueberry bushes, Grape vines and Feojia tree (Originally from South America. The fruits have a juicy sweet seed pulp, and slightly gritty flesh nearer the skin. The flavour is aromatic and sweet, you either love it or hate it).
|The 3 to 5 prominent colors I would like in my piece include: *||Jewel Colours, Ruby red, sapphire blue, emerald green whatever other tones you think would be good to blend in with a NZ theme.|
|Tell me what you would like to see your family doing (would you like them just sitting all together posing, as if for a picture? Or would you like them to be doing something together). Please supply the most details here:|
|I thought the Families Rizzo, Walsh and Willich pictures were super cute with them walking their dogs. Your Winterwuv piece was lovely too, with the couple walking through the forest.We would love to have a NZ themed piece. Joerg loves wearing rugby shirts and jeans in his free time, he could be wearing an All Blacks Rugby shirt as he is now a convert to the game and team. I would like my hair to be down and don’t mind if you want to portray me looking Girlie in a skirt/dress or in walking gear.Maybe the illustration could be us with Digby in front of our NZ house, or a piece showing us having fun and enjoying ourselves walking through some of the spectacular NZ scenery. Some of the trees include: a Pohutukawa tree and is pronounced “Po-hoo-ta-car-wa.” is also called the New Zealand Christmas Tree. The silver tree fern (Ponga Tree’s) often seen as the iconic symbol of NZ.Within Keeping with NZ theme is The Koru which is often used in Māori art as a symbol of creation, is based on the shape of an unfurling fern frond. Its circular shape conveys the idea of perpetual movement, and its inward coil suggests a return to the point of origin. The koru therefore symbolizes the way in which life both changes and stays the same. It also symbolises new life, growth, strength and peace.|
Clare and Joerg, thank you for letting me in on your sweet life by letting me illustrate your family!! What a lovely couple you are!!!
On one last note, for all Oohmoonies. The blogging schedule is going to be changing next week! There will be posts now on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday!! The Thursday post may become a Friday post some weeks. But I’m going to try this schedule for a while. The free giveaways will be given away on Tuesday and Wedness!
Have a fabulous weekend!!