Saturday, 25 October 2014

Keep good company, it is good for the soul

I have had such a lovely time the last few days.  I have been blessed to have been in the company of people I enjoy being around, and making the most of having them about even if only for a short visit.  This weekend we get a long weekend, I have mentioned this before I know, but it is a long weekend after all and worth mentioning again!!  TOF and Max are off on a fishing charter tomorrow and Jak has gone away for the night up to Auckland with mates, so I shall have the house to myself tomorrow.

What will I do??

Pretty much whatever the hell I want to!!

On Thursday I threw this outfit together to head out for a day out and about with a good friend.  I confess to not wearing the under skirt as the temperature improved and I didn't want to cook myself.  I also wore necklace number two and got so many compliments on it and the colourful jacket I wore.

OMG I even wore lippy!!
The palest pink ever, but lippy all the same.
I was incredibly happy on Thursday.

I went to a mixture of second hand shops and retail shops, where I found this little lot.  The dress top left is only a size 10, in my dreams I am that small, anyway I am thinking of possibly just using the skirt part as it is full circle and making it into just a skirt.  Or I on sell, not decided yet, only $2.50 from Hospice.  The short Daisy dress came from K Mart and actually looks pretty cute on, well that is what the mirror in the changing room told me!!  The vintage Hawaiian kaftan I didn't try on but my friend did and talked me into having it, Salvation army $6.  It is pretty cool and if I don't wear it I can move it on to some one else.  The last thing is a skirt in the softest cotton with a shirred top to it (retail shop that sells wickedly cool shit at affordable prices).  It can be worn as a dress but with boobs the size of mine it is not a recommended look.  So a skirt it will be, good for twirling in!!

Basic black vintage handbag that I have been watching in the salvo for weeks, and it was still there on Thursday which I took as a sign that it was meant to be mine.  In fact I ended up using it for the day, $6.

Today was all about COMFORT!!!
Colour and comfort, with the last of my new necklaces I made.

Check out my shoes!!!

These are brand new El Naturalista shoes that I bought off trade me for $30.  These retail in the hundreds which is mad, but not mad at $30, and how gorgeous is the colour.  So comfortable to wear which went with todays theme of comfort and colour perfectly.

I asked TOF if I could use his Man Car today as I was going out to visit Sue, and I wanted to blend in with the country folk in my four wheel drive truck!!  My sister calls it the Ponsonby Tractor (posh area in Auckland).  I love the drive out to Sues lifestyle block and it was wicked sitting up high in the Man Car.

Us Sues had a good wander around her garden as we always do when I visit.  Normally we get followed by her two dogs, but unfortunately darling old Clyde who hasn't been well lately was put to sleep the other day.  That is one of the hardest decisions to make when you own pets, but it was the best decision to make for dear Clyde.  I will miss him running to meet me when I arrive and following me around with a toy to be thrown for him to fetch.  RIP old man, you will be missed.

Sue has been growing plants from seeds and her greenhouse and box gardens are thriving.  So much that I was sent home with this box of goodies for our garden.  Tomatoes, Sunflowers, and a courgette she thinks.  I know what I will be doing tomorrow while I am on my own, and the weather is supposed to be lovely.

Ages ago my sister gave me a necklace that I remade tonight using the big chunky colourful beads and added in the small colourful flower shaped beads.  I like it, I like it alot!!

Could wear this while gardening!!
I definitely will if I venture out.

So true......

....and just for all of you out there

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Got that middle of the week feeling!!

This weekend is a long weekend in New Zealand, Labor weekend to be exact, a three dayer, we all get Monday off work.  Hang on a minute, I don't work Monday! BUT because I did this week I get tomorrow off, so my normally long weekend is going to be even longer, and I will be paid to take Monday off because it is a public holiday. YUS!!!

Looks like some bugs have been eating TOFs first Strawberry!!!

I stayed home this afternoon
much to the delight of my furry friends.

Dear old Tex made his way across the garden
to meet me on the garden swing seat.

He is the most beautiful big old boy ever!!
We all love him to bits
in this house.

When I went inside
I was followed.

Life can be quite exhausting
when you are
a small white dog!

I didn't visit one second hand shop at all today.
Saving myself up for tomorrow.

Black and white was worn today.
Seemed only right that the red necklace got worn.

Thanks for all your lovely comments you leave me.
Nice to know peeps are reading
my ramblings!

TOF and I did the grocery shopping tonight.
We call it Date Night!!


Tuesday, 21 October 2014

I think it's called a 'Butterfly Top'

I have changed my days of work this week and it is confusing the hell out of me!  This week it is Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, because of tax things and accounts.  I also found out yesterday that I more than likely will be out of a job at this place I love working at by the end of this year, as the young woman who was on maternity leave is bored with being a mother and ready to return to her job.  I get the feeling the lads are hoping she will change her mind as the hours are no longer full time for her.  I say what will be will be and I leave it at that.  If things work out for me I will get to stay, failing that I think I might give temping a nudge next year.

Anyway, on my way home yesterday I called in on the two Vinnies shops in Frankton and came home with these things.  I do like old french knitting looms, especially when wooden and colourful.  I spent the afternoon in my back yard on my garden swing seat in the shade of my big Idesia tree.  I was not alone, I had the very lovely company of my dearest friend Louise who was down from Auckland visiting her mother.  I am her escape plan, and we swung and chatted in the dappled sunshine with the girls, Tex and the dogs.  

What could be better than chilling out
with an old friend and my pets in my garden.

Today en route from work to home I stopped in at the Hospice shop in town, my favourite place.  The gorgeous little bag and the embroidered napkins caught my eye  attention.   My plan this week is to only spend cash in op shops if I have some in my purse.

I noticed today that my tyre garden is home to flowering carnations at the moment.  My Fuchsia is flowering and so to is my Bird of Paradise.  

Oh how I love all this new colour!!

But the thing that warmed my heart the most is my Sweet Peas!!  This year I sowed them early and they are starting to flower with the promise of abundance.  I save the seeds from these every year, and my original seeds came from my cousin Annette s garden.

Now lets take a look at the Butterfly Top.

Such a simple idea,
and something I intend to whip up a few more of,
maybe even longer?

There are arm holes in the seam half way up so for a cooler style you can pop your arms out.  Trust me it is super duper comfy.

Not really floating like a Butterfly, maybe spinning out of control like one on it's last legs?!  Which gets me to thinking how I need to get swan plants this year to help the Monarch Butterfly continue to flourish.  I think you get the idea on the top tho'.  When I make one I might have a go at a blogging tutorial for those interested in whipping themselves one up.

This afternoon, well early evening actually, I dragged out some of my beads as I had some ideas.  The necklace on the left came about because of the white Buddha I had, so it is multi coloured.  The red one needed to be re threaded, but because I had lost half of the original beads when it broke I made it differently. The last one is nice and plain so my new Silver and bone face pendant is the feature.  Pretty tickled with how they all turned out.  

Which shall I wear tomorrow??

Before I go:

The Tui is getting closer, but still not close enough for a good photo.  I am enjoying the daily tunes that the Tui is providing.  Hopefully it might take up residence in our garden instead of the school.

Sunday, 19 October 2014

TOF got a new ride

Our good weather has broken and the sky opened up today and cried!!!

But on Friday the sun was still shining
and my garden enjoyed it.

Even tho something has nibbled on the poppies
they still look lovely.
My carnations are starting to flower as well.

Also on Friday Jak got his stitches removed and we got to have a look at his scar, bigger than I thought and he is impressed as only a male could be about having a scar!  The surgeon was happy with how things looked and he now has a cast on for 4 weeks.  Then all going well he will be in just a brace for a while and his life can get back to normal.  Once my nursing job was done and I had dropped him home, I popped into an op shop while out and about.

I found a lovely brooch and a set of tennis balls for Sheba.  She cannot decide which is her favourite but believe me she is enjoying having MORE balls to play with.  By the way, she doesn't share.

Tex has rediscovered his garden chair.
We clip the shrub so it is like a cave for him.

Anyway, today me and TOF headed off to Whangamata to buy him a new Man Car.  He used to have a company vehicle so we never needed a second car.  But when he changed jobs a few years ago we had to buy him some wheels.  A little old Toyota Corolla Hatchback.  Apparently not very manly but reliable and economical. My BIL (brother in law) has recently up graded his ride so his Toyota Surf was up for sale, so we decided to buy it.

The Man Car!!
TOF is pretty happy about his new ride too.
Very practical for a bloke.

We got stuck behind this bloody idiot on our drive over to the coast.  His load was hanging over into the other lane which could have been fatal for any oncoming traffic.  Unbelievable!!  Luckily a truck in front of this fucktard had his hazard lights on to warn those heading towards this.  Couldn't get his number plate as it was covered in dirt, and he turned off down a side road eventually so we carried on our merry way.  

I left TOF with my BIL and went down town,
my sister was working in the shop.

I called in to one of the op shops that was open and found a $5 bag of lace and trims.  I was pleasantly surprised at how much was inside it.  From there I went into town to my sisters shop and chilled out for a bit, not very busy at all, maybe because the weather was on the dull side.  Because I had my own car and was alone I was able to call into a few of my favourite shops.  Well there are two I always like to visit.  Garuda and Buddha Lounge to be exact.

The top I bought, one because I like it, and two because it will be easy to make more of for summer. I have lusted after the pendant every time I have visited Buddha Lounge and today I decided stuff it I am having it.  Stirling silver with gem stones and a carved bone face.  The bracelet was only $5 so I wore that out of the shop, Garuda, where I bought the top from.

When I got home I found Tex still in the same comfortable position I left him in this morning.  He like me obviously had a great day!!  TOF got home about 10 minutes before me and enjoyed his ride home in his new Man Car.  Now I just have to sell his old one.  Trade me here we come I guess!!

I wore Tie Die and leggings!!
Perfect for a trip to the coast,
comfort rules for me when road tripping. 

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Mother Nature, I Love You!!

It's true, I do!!!

 All my large pots that I planted
are rocking the hell out of being colourful.
Everything is powering out in the growth stakes!!

Finally the Puff Ball shrub is flowering.  I still haven't planted it in the garden as it is doing pretty good in a pot on the deck.  Maybe this weekend I will have a planting session now that it is established.

 Oh and look,
the yellow Granny Bonnets are out!!

Today is me and TOF's 22nd Wedding Anniversary.  Congrats to us!!  Because we knew we were going to be busy today we decided to go for a drive out to Raglan to watch the sun set.  Romantic or what???

The sun was nearly down by the time we arrived at Manu Bay
so we  walked around the rocks for a better look.

 How gorgeous is this??

The surf was good apparently and loads of surfers were out enjoying themselves in the early evening, 7:30ish if I remember correctly.  We walked past this cross tucked in the side of the bank with the best view of the ocean. What a lovely place to rest in peace.

 Glorious colour as the sun slowly descended to the other side of the world.

Manu bay was looking so beautiful from above on the road.

We drove back into town to order some shark and tatties for our dinner, (Fish and Chips) because we were starving by then.  I had a thermos and tea making stuff so we could have a hot drink to wash all the grease from the takeaways down, I am so domesticated and forward thinking sometimes.

TOF looks like a possum caught in the headlights of an on coming car!  The flash in pitch black is just as scary.  We sat in the dark at a picnic table having our feed and a giggle that we really couldn't see sod all.  But it was all good clean fun!!  A car backed into a spot just down from us and I suggested that maybe they were going to ditch a dead body over the bank into the sea, TOF thought they were having a park up.  Either way I don't think they knew we were there which amused us plenty.

 Happy Anniversary to us!!
We deserved fireworks.

Before I disappear I will share my Hospice finds from yesterday.

Top left are beads, and pretty bloody gorgeous beads at that.  Cute Lil' pinny pattern, clip on sunnies for my reading glasses to use when reading outside (scored 2 pairs of these $1 each) metal sign sharing something I truly believe, and stripey ric rac.  Who knew ric rac came in stripes? Not me!

Thanks for stopping in and catching up with me!!