Saturday, 7 October 2017

Routines and writing lists to Winging it!!!

I have always been a person with a routine in my life, I even write lists so I don't forget things, but lately I have been just winging it all.  Hence me not be a regular blogger of late.  I am still here, but for some reason or another blogging just has not been happening.  I have even been incredibly lazy on reading all your lovely blogs. 

 Let's just call it life and carry on then shall we.

Winter has been rather wet, and Spring has been a little the same so far.  We are rather saturated under foot here.  The garden is grateful but us humans are possibly at a point of 'over it'.  

we cannot have Rainbows with out the Rain.

One Wednesday afternoon after work the sun did make an appearance so after work I went home and grabbed the dogs and we went for a wee journey out to Raglan.  They loved it, we pretty much had the beach to ourselves and it was bliss.  I made a couple of stops at my favourite shops and came home with the above. Win win all round, everyone was happy.

Always good for the mind, body and soul to put your toes on the sand and breathe in all the positive coastal air.  Thank you Raglan for being so close.

Toebee didn't get to come to the beach but he was well happy with the paper bags that my purchases came in.

Another afternoon saw me having to go post bail for Stella (the heirs dog) at the local pound as she had managed to escape her yard and got picked up going for a unaccompanied walk.  She was more than happy to see me and we drove home like this.

The Op shops have still been getting the odd visit.  This little score started a bit of a competition in our house, voting is still open on who really is the 'CUTIE PATOOTIE'.

Other finds, there are more but most are clothes, so when I wear them I may well share  them!!  We have a newly opened Hospice Shop in Claudelands, a suburb of Hamilton, and it is really lovely.  Hospice has a knack for setting things out super nice, clean and another one to add to the circuit.

I visited the Hamilton Gardens the day before the Tulip Festival, one because the weather was mint and two the weekend just gets manic.

The Glass houses were built back in the sixties and still gorgeous today.  One is a Tropical garden and the other is a Cactus house.  A wedding was happening inside but that did not deter me one bit from going on in.

Lovely and colourful, just how I like things in life.  The wedding guests had moved outdoors for photos, phew!!

TOF has been out on a couple of Fishing Trips of late with his Fishing club so we have been dining on the good stuff.  In fact he is out again today so more Brain food is coming my way!!

I planted a garden the other week with masses of potted colour.  At the very back against the wall a row of Sweet Pea seeds went in first.  Then 18 Statice plants and 6 Gypsophilia plants went in. In front when the colour bomb of plants and then netting had to go over the top to protect it all from the girls and the cats.  Toebee wasn't happy but sits on top of the netting.

Old Biggles McBig cat had ANOTHER visit to the vet.  ANOTHER rumble leaving him with a burst abscess. Kissed goodbye to ANOTHER $156 for an arm shave, antibiotic jab, a temp taking up the @#*, and some anti inflams  that was given daily for a week.  Lucky I love him!!!

Things are happening in the garden, new stuff is showing up all the time.  The dampness has made the fungi and weeds thrive tho.

I love this plant, I bought this and a white one to add to the garden and both are thriving.

Heavy rain saw me rescue some Bird of Paradise and Lilies from the garden, I rather like them in my old milk bottles too.

I made another visit to the Hamilton Gardens to see the Fesitval de la Primavera, also know as the Hispanic Spring Festival.  I was a couple of hours early so I made the most of the good weather and went wandering with a gazillion other people.

After my wanderings I ate lunch lakeside and then took in the sights and sound of the Festival.

The traditional clothes full of ruffles and spots made me swoon.  The dancing was beautiful, oh and so was the food outside at the food stalls.  I will return next year for sure.

This lady caught my eye when I was leaving, what an amazing costume and my god those stilts were tall.

Oscar and Sheba had Stella spend an afternoon here, the cats watched from perched positions high enough up that she could not find them.

Little Oscar is quite an old man now.  The slightest bang sends him into a quiver.  He is slowing down which could mean his time is nearing.  So I am keeping him close and making the most of the best little friend ever.  He may last a few more years but you never know.  A bit like people, none of us know how long we have, so you have to enjoy every day you wake up to.


I found this in a magazine
what we all know has been put into print!!!

**See you all soon**


Sunday, 3 September 2017

Why, these are a few of My Favourite Things!

Julie Andrews sang about her favourite things in Mary Poppins, and let's face it, we all probably sang along with her.  Spring is starting to Spring about this part of the world which is making me extremely happy.  The colour is returning to my garden, YAY!!

So here are some of my favourite things,
what are yours?

Avocado and Manderines,
obviously not together,
but such great things to have for lunch.

Catching up with my incredibly talented friend 
and seeing her Native Birds.

Coming home with more clay treats to hang on my garden arches.

Walking around Lake Rotoroa on a sunny day with Sue Webber
and rewarding ourselves
with a coffee and this gorgeous view.

Baking cake,
in fact a Banana Cranberry and White Chocolate Cake to be exact.

Finding cool shit in the Op Shops,
all found over the last month.

Getting my grown up glasses,
 no more ready readers for me,
real prescription ones for work, home and driving!!

My abundantly flowering Kaka Beak!! 
A must for any NZ garden.

All the glorious colour returning to my garden,
the stuff that makes my heart skip a beat or two.

Being up early enough to get a glimpse
of the sun coming up through the trees.

Happy sleeping pets.

Dressing up Oscar!!

Dying the under part of my hair HOT PINK!

Moving, re-arranging and adding to my Wall of Whimsy.

Having Toebee on my lap when trying to use
my laptop most evening.

Enough sunshine to get Shadows!!

Treating myself to bought Tulips and Iris's
because I cannot bring myself to pluck the colour from my own garden.

Finally getting to have a guest room 
because my Day Bed arrived early,
so decorating has taken a back seat.

Totally enjoying this entertaining ball of fur and fun. 

Being grateful for having such a good life, surrounded by family, friends and enjoying every day given, and having help with staying BLONDE!!

See you soon,
stay happy, stay well,
and stay kind!!


Sunday, 6 August 2017

Adventures in photos because it is late!

With all my good intentions to blog on a more regular basis gone out the window again, here is a catch up via my trusty camera.

The Op Shops have been visited, but my best buy is the bed end for my garden, watch this space!

Once the rain had stopped I ventured out to Sue's in a rather saturated but still picturesque Karakariki.

Down her inviting driveway for a cuppa and a catch up and see poor Max with his stitched up snoz!

I picked foliage to bring colour indoors but someone kept attacking re arranging my arrangement!

 The joyous return of flowers is happening in my garden!!

 So I picked some for inside and my assistant has left them alone.

I have been out to Dawns place to see all the creations.

We packed her car and delivered some stock to a Gallery in the countryside, leaving behind poor Webb.
A new Totem was erected in the garden of the Gallery and some of Dawn's birds watched on.
Dawn was selling some seconds so I purchased this set and TOF and I have been using it for our breakfast.

I also bought a bunch of her  large wired daisies and attached them to my Arch.

My Kakabeak is smothered in flowers.

The Heir and I took the dogs for a walk near his place on a sunny Saturday, past friendly nags, water and along winding paths.

Then on a sunny but chilly Sunday TOF and I were accompanied by the Heir and the Spare and the dogs on a drive out to Raglan.

The big dogs had a ball running up and down the beach and in and out of the sea, so they had to travel home in the back much to their combined disgust.

Big is tolerating his little mischievous brother Toebee.  Sheba and Oscar had Stella round for an afternoon as she escaped her yard and I got a call.  Toebee is still very much enjoying many an adventure and catching up on sleep!

Potted colour was $1 each so I topped up some pots.

TOF and I went to the movies and watch Dunkirk,
amazing film, so well done.

We went out to Raglan again today,
it is becoming a habit!!

We had a late lunch of Fish n Chips on the Wharf.

We drove out to Whale Bay,
it was windy and wild!

*And now I must go to bed*