Friday, 2 December 2016

Pinch and a punch for the first of the month!!!

It is officially the very first day of SUMMER!!!!

I am so busy at work at the moment and am also pre occupied with a member of my family not being well, nothing terminal, but still something that is occupying my mind.  So if I don't get around to blogging much you will know why.  Nothing for anyone of you to concern yourself about, all will sort its self out in time.

This time last week I did get a day out and about among the op shops with my friend Rose.  She had a couple of days of work so we went out for a day.  A successful one with nice lunch and ducking and diving into shops during some rain.

Sheba was overjoyed with her two balls that I scored from one of the Salvation Army shops at a dollar each.  No sense buying new when she just chews them to bits, with a lot of love and drool.

Although this all looks to the untrained eye like Winter clothing, it is all very light weight.  Perfect for layering on and off during the year.

Expensive magazines at 50 cents each, a bag for taking to the supermarket as I don't do plastic bags, and a lonely Russian doll.

And the cutest tin tea set in a cardboard case for only $2.  This will go into my toy box for those little visitors to play with.

 I am so enjoying all the daisy shapes and colours in the garden.

The warmer weather means the garden swing is being put to good use and summer frocks are getting worn.  I have been setting the kittens up outside in the fresh air and sunshine.  The chickens are super confused as to what those fluffy things are.

Sheba found NEMO and then set about destroying NEMO.

Oscar just rested on the swing with me.

TOF and I went for a drive out to Raglan on the weekend.  The weather was dull and windy and our destination was a cantilevered look out on the road to Ruapuke another west coast beach.  Last time we went here I crawled to the edge so I was determined to walk like a NORMAL to the edge and be brave.

And I did it!!  Mind you I rushed ahead of TOF so I could be on the platform by myself.  It is pretty high up over bush covered land way below to the ocean edge. But the views are spectacular of some very raw nature.

View through the railing and over the edge all through my camera.


We wandered down a worn track in tall grass where the views of stormy weather was gathering.

Then back up to where our car was parked.  There are two walks you can do up to Mt Kariora, a 2 hour and 3 hour, neither appealed to me.

Back to the car for me thank you  very much.

 Selfie time living on the edge of that platform!!

The road is narrow and more like a gravel track that winds it's way around the cliff edge in places.

Lots of Native bush, farm land and the odd car coming towards us, that we would pull over so they could get past.

I was glad we had driven TOFs 4WD as my car would not have liked the gravel at all.

From there we headed to Whale Bay back in Raglan. 

Sitting above us on a power line when we parked was this Tui.

The tide was low so the rocks were all exposed.  I love rock pools and the shapes of the rocks at Whale Bay.

So many magical things to photograph for me, I even found some baby Swan plants growing on the reserve land so I helped myself to two of them, trust me there were gazillions of them.  Hopefully they will grow and attract the Monarch Butterflies to my garden.

Climbing the stairs back to where our car was parked a bird suddenly flew past me.  It was then that I noticed it's nest, so with my little camera held above the nest I discovered three little eggs.  Either a brave or silly place to build a nest.  Hope the eggs survive long enough to reveal some baby birds.

The actual real reason for the Raglan jaunt was for me to purchase another gorgeous bag from Soul.  I had been saving up my dollars and was finally able to get the back pack I had my eye on.  Another beautifully hand made quality leather bag made locally.

 Big so unimpressed!!!

When we were in Raglan I went into Tony Sly Pottery shop.  You either love it or hate it, I actually quite like his stuff.  I have two friends that have full dinner sets.  I have a small bowl I found at an op shop for $4 and then I bought this lot off trade me the other day for less the than cost of the large bowl brand new.  Perfect for those salads that we are starting to eat.

I ate that Raspberry, the first for the season.  TOFs garden is doing well, the Lettuces are all ready, the Corn is getting taller and the Strawberries are full of promise.

I stick to my shrubs and flowers.  My Magnolia has been flowering leaving me with these cool looking pods.  The hot colours of fire are coming through now.  How vibrant is the orange in the Cigarette plant.

There is still an abundance of pretty pinks and purples in my pots.  The Sweet Peas are still flowering and being picked for anyone who visits.

I think I would be happy to have a hedge of Hydrangeas.

I visited Dawn to view her latest creations.  The Bumble Bee and flower is so cute, and then there are the Rain Chains!!
Then there are all the Native birds.  Clockwise from top left, Kiwi, Tui, Fantail, Wood Pigeon, and my favourite the Sea Gull.  

I know he isn't made of clay but
Dawns pooch Webb 
is such a photogenic boy.

These two are about a week away from their goal weight so they will be moving on to their for ever homes soon.  They have provided me with endless entertainment and cuddles.

 Joel is a climber, full of adventure with the loudest purr ever.

Madden is far more chilled and going to have the fluffiest coat.

So that is me at the moment.  I will try to post again soon.  Might just be photos as my head is all over the place with work and other things.  BUT in the mean time, here is some wisdom.




Sunday, 20 November 2016

What keeps you awake at night?

For me nothing, I hit the pillow and I am in the land of Nod!  Usually nothing much wakes me either but last weekend I was woken to the bed shaking. First I thought Sheba was on the end having a good old scratch as you do when you are a dog. But when I got out of bed I soon realised we were having an EARTHQUAKE!!!  It was down in our South Island, Kaikora to be exact and yet we felt it way  up here in Hamilton in the North Island.  For you non Kiwi folk refer to my map below.

We are a tiny Island Nation so we all got to share in the shake rattle and roll in the early hours of Monday!!  No damage up here but down south it wasn't the best.  Must have been horrendous.  The next photos are borrowed from a news source but showing the coastal road damage which cut the Kaikoura off from the rest of the country.  But Kiwis just pull together and do the best they can and slowly, and I mean slowly, things will get better.

Railway line got moved onto the road.

Cows got stranded but rescued.

A lot of money and time will be needed to repair this damage.

I want to thank all you lovelies that asked after my families safety, we are fine up here in safe little Hamilton I am pretty sure the fault line that runs through our country isn't under us.  Well fingers crossed it isn't.

what else happened last week?

The garden continued to flower and greet me every day
with an abundance of colour.

Raspberries, Blackberries, Plums, Black Currants and Strawberries all in abundance.  At this stage we have the promise of a bumper crop.

Then there are Walnuts, Lemons, Peaches, Limes and Apples!!

All thanks to Mother Nature.

Of course when I am outside I have my followers!
They do tend to get under my feet.

Cassie's up do is very much like an opening flower most days.

Coral and Autumn are the most prolific egg producers in the gang at the moment, salad eggs galore.

 Yep he is still drinking from the bird bath.

Florence prefers to escape the coup via climbing whilst all the others just use the open gate.

Maybelle has finally discovered the new nesting house and made quite the announcement about it on her exit.
As the days get warmer we will be spending
more quality time out here.

The Heir has gone and got himself a puppy, meet dear wee Stella, 4 months old and a side walk special.  Some call them designer dogs, but at the end of the day they are just mixed breed.  Of course she has Labrador, most mixed breeds do, Labs must be the most active if you know what I mean.

Lets not forget the foster babies.
These two are providing us all hours of entertainment.

Bloody cute aren't they.

Last night TOF and I went to a 21st birthday for one of the Spares good mates. Such a good night with stories and party hard young-uns!!  I took photos for the birthday boy above.  We have another one to go to in a couple of weeks.  So much fun with such great young people full of life and ambitions.

This morning I kept hearing a bird singing outside our lounge window, turned out to be this little fella, a Wax Eye.
 Of course once the camera comes out I end up out the back in the garden.

We have a Black Bird that has built itself a nest in the Plum Tree,
hopefully that nest gets filled with babies.
My garden is my peace place.
What is yours?

 Poppy time!!
Every stage is beautiful.

This afternoon we took all the dogs

We have a park across the road from our home where the black dogs got to run free.  Fluffy white dog grows painted on ears in open spaces and can not be trusted to come when called so he stays 'on the line' so to speak!!

Meanwhile back at home the little balls of fluffiness and cuteness overload caught up on some sleep.

No op shopping took place last week,
I was incredibly busy at work.

Hope you are all happy and healthy in your part of the world.

Time for a LAUGH!!
So of course I gave it a crack!!

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