Saturday, 22 October 2016

Spring has so Sprung!

I love what I call the in between seasons, Autumn and Spring.  But I forgot how changeable the weather is in Spring.  It has been all over the place.  This makes for difficulties when deciding what to wear when I'm getting dressed!!  Layers are definitely being used daily. 

On the sunny days the top layers get removed and the hair gets tied up.  The sunny days have been accompanied with the Equinox winds.  So warm if you get a sheltered spot.  But look at the sky, BLUENESS reigns!!  Everything is on turbo growth in the garden, I LOVE IT!!

All the colour makes for one very happy gardener!!

The girls are enjoying Spring so much that we are back on hide and seek with their eggs.  I have found a few of the favourite spots but I am sure there are others I have yet to find.

On a dull Sunday TOF dug the garden arches into the ground and I got busy moving plants and putting in edging I had scored off trade me at bargain prices.

Stepping stones have been placed, Big supervised from an elevated position and I now only need some bark to complete these areas.

I placed an old gate near the Lavender so it has something to contain it. All seating is ready for those long hot summer days that are getting closer all the time.

On a day that was dull and slowly disintegrated into rain, the furies followed me outside in the afternoon. 

Some Lavender got caught up with someone mowing the lawn so it ended up inside. Such a beautiful perfume was the bonus!

I threw on an old coat so I could continue to be outdoors.

My Sweet Peas are already starting to flower, so a couple of them made their way indoors with some other fragrant things.

I drove through to Cambridge to see my SIL and BIL and of course their baby Ginny.  OMG she has needle sharp teeth!!  I was sniffed from top to toe when I got home.

Now for my op shopped treasures of late.  Colourful drinking glasses that hopefully will survive the dishwasher.  I swooped on the old bottles, they are getting harder to find these days.
Old Medicine bottles are equally scarce, I love the old labeling!
Of course there were CLOTHES!!  An op shop that was closing down had everything at 20 cents!!  I found the two things in the middle from that shop but gave them $2 because I didn't want change, and at a $1 each that was still super cheap.  The oil burner on the left is the one I scored at Waihi that I mentioned in my last post.  The Red slip dress is TCD and ridiculously cheap and perfect for my layering.

TOF and I clocked up 24 years of Wedded Bliss (hahahaha) last weekend!! So we had fish and chips out at Raglan all with a lovely sunset!!

I don't buy Dog Toys for the dogs, I get bags of second hand soft toys for $2 per bag from Save Mart.  This is the only time you get to see Oscar with all the toys.  Sheba claims them all within minutes of their arrival and is not up for sharing! Cheaper way to have pet toys, and we all know that the destuffing of them will take place very soon.

The very adorable Ms Gaia has flown back to Australia, but yesterday she came round with her parents for her farewell cuddles.  The most laid back little bub I have meet for such a long time, probably because she has such cruisey parents.

My afternoon was spent out at Sues in the Country.  Ava on the left has grown so much.  Max is looking so old now compared to the new  chic in the  house.

The weather was perfect for a wander about the 'Estate'!!

Old Max was showing off his jumping skills
while we laughed at Avas attempts!!

It was because of our sons that we got to meet,
and become such good friends,
much to their regret at times.

I bet he got squashed after I headed home!!

How amazing does this look in close up,
Mother Nature I thank you again for your wonders.

This weekend is a long weekend in NZ but with only loose change in my purse I am thinking my time will be spent at home in the garden.  Not that that is a bad thing!!  We have sunshine today so fingers and toes are firmly crossed that it continues for the other two days.


Monday, 10 October 2016

Two Sues went for a cruise.....

Yes we did,
we did a roadie but I will share that later.

Wandering around in my garden I decided that the foliage is just as beautiful as the flowers and so often overlooked.

I am tempted now to put together a vase full of foliage, I do have plenty of interesting shapes and colours, and if I want something different a quick trip next door will bring me more selection.

 I forgot how beautiful this Gerbera is,
I so love these flowers.

The leaves top left are from my neighbours garden.  I now have them pressing between the pages of a large book.  That is where I discovered the ones on the right.  Does anyone else out there in blogger land press flowers and leaves?

OK, who wants to come on a ROAD TRIP?? 
Destination - Whangamata.

Friday was my sister's birthday so I had planned a visit to the beach to see her. Then I had an idea and ran it past the Webber woman, who said "YES I'll come", and that is exactly what we did.  The weather was shite!!  But a good day to go for a road trip.

My sister had fallen down some stairs two days earlier so she was sporting a moon boot and not up for walking, in fact she is on strict instructions to keep her feet up.  I purchased a divine Carrot Cake from our local supermarket and added some birthday love via the candles.  I gave her two potted Gerberas because I love them and a piece of Pottery made by Dawn.

Happy Birthday to my sister,
my best friend!!

After a couple of hours, Sue and I left and I then embarked on my role as her personal tour guide and showed off Whangamata to her.  The sun came out as we stopped at the harbour.

We grabbed ourselves some lunch in town and I took Sue into Garuda my favourite shop!  From there we headed to the main beach to have our lunch.  We were joined by a crowd of feathered friends.

Sue took these photos of me hand feeding the gulls,
so much fun.
I love how they just floated above my hand.

The clouds rolled in again but it did not bother us in the slightest.

I have been going to this place for 50 years and I LOVE it!!
But I love it best when it is quiet like now.

We watched the rain moving across the ocean in the distance.
Stormy days at the beach are some of the best.

Our last stop before leaving was at the Estuary end of the beach.  The weather was starting to turn so thoughts returned to getting home.  I was concerned about flooding in the Gorge as there had been so much rain and the road in there gets closed when the water level rises.

A quick detour to Whiritoa to show Sue another gorgeous coastal spot resulted in this spectacular shot.  Then we were over the hills to Waihi town where we called in on the St John op shop which was pleasantly priced and lots of goodies on offer.  Sue found some bits and I came out of there with an oil burner which I have forgotten to photograph.

In the Karangahake Gorge it was down to one lane so we got stuck in a traffic jam for about 5 minutes!!  We decided, well I decided to stop off for a break, stretch my legs etc.  Both of us don't like swing bridges but we did get out to the middle. The rain was off and on for a while so we kept going until I remembered something else I wanted to show Sue.

This cute as a button Kauri church.  The one I have stopped and dreamed about as having it as a home for years.

Come on in!!

But close the gates when you leave.

Also at Waihou, the post office is now a florist and we giggles at the Butchery shop, the skulls had red eyes which we suspected were lights!!

So our little road trip to celebrate my sisters birthday at Whangamata was great, we laughed and sang in the car, and planned our next day trip away.

Over the weekend lots of time was spent outdoors in the garden.  TOF was busy pruning and tidying up as we had a mini skip to use.  I of course wandered about with my camera.

Cheech and Chong could be heard singing from their Avery on the deck.

Under the watchful eyes of one Big cat.

TOF had helpers while he dug.

The Native plants are flowering, my Kowhai (yellow) and my Kaka Beak (red) continues to bloom.  Now all my Granny bonnets are starting to flower, with my poppies and sweet peas getting ready.

This little face was pleading to be picked up.

 I can handle the Ivy that is growing on the house,
but I am not liking the return of the FLIES!!

TOF tells me the white butterfly is a pest.
How can a pest look so good
on the Lavender?

Yesterday this beautiful wee girl came to visit with her mum and dad.  Baby Gaia is 3 months old and visiting NZ for a couple of weeks.  Her parents are good friends with the Heir.  I want one!!!  How cute is she and such a good baby.  I love that her parents came to visit us and share this gorgeous bundle of joy, cuddles a plenty!!


Today was a yawn for Big who decided to wash behind his ears to ensure more rain would turn up.

I managed to get sheets and towels washed and line dried before the drizzle turned up late this afternoon.

How smug does he look?  Hehehe I am the Rain Maker!!!