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!!

***Toodles***

Monday, 13 October 2014

Amongst other things I did find where the Pink Granny Bonnets are growing!!


Our weather has been BRILLIANT
for the last 5 days now and long may it continue!!

The weekend was basically
AWESOME!!


I found my Pink Granny Bonnets.
Enjoying the sunshine like the rest of us!

Yay for shite loads of glorious colourful flowers
arriving everywhere in the garden.

and Busy Bees!!


all Loving the sunshine!

In fact it was so sunny that I set up my favourite floral umbrella next to my garden swing seat, and it didn't take long for Tex to find the perfect spot to pass the time.


Oscar joined us but STUNK real bad as he had been rubbing his neck in chicken poo!!  (both sides too!!) Apparently the bitches feen the smell, not me! He got marched indoors and washed down much to his disgust.

 Nature was doing her thing everywhere.


How perfect is Lavender?
and the fragrance is divine.

 Oh yeah,
we all made the most of the garden and the good weather.

 The girls had one of their meetings.
Hatching a plan I bet.


I hung beads outside,
so the Idesia tree has a necklace now.


 Beautiful clear blue skies.


 A wind wop not wopping much as not much wind to wop in.

This bird and its partner have built a nest in our Riwa Riwa tree and I watched them going back and forth when it was nest building time, they are still making regular trips in and out of the tree, I wonder if they are feeding some babies?

 Action dog Sheba,
this game NEVER ends!!



TOF got busy in his vegetable garden, and told me the bird in the tree was a young Tui. I disagreed so took a photo to prove how wrong he was.  There is a Tui hanging out in the huge trees in the school over our back fence, I can hear it singing every day, but yet to take it's picture.


What do you think of my Umbrella??
 Bloody beautiful isn't it and perfect for this corner now that the old one that was there snapped in the big winds we had the other week.
 Lucky I had one in reserve.

So much for Chicken proofing!!
 Where there is a will there is a way, and they have found it!!
They can have the bottom layer.

 The lad is recovering the best way he can.
Bathurst replaced his boredom and frustrations on Sunday.
Thanks for all your well wishes.



Salad for dinner from my garden box,
the stuff the girls cannot reach!!
 What a healthy way to end the weekend.

Today was yet another glorious day and the animals were all making the most of the great outdoors, apart from Oscar who was indoors keeping the walking wounded (Jak) company.

Meet the Phat Boyz!
Dawns very latest creations, and believe me they are fabulous.

 This one I named Billy Bunting.

 Getting amongst all things purple in my garden.


The one surviving Gold fish is doing well
but I really think I need to get it a friend or two.

I love this time of the year, the weather is warmer and the garden is lush and colourful, and life feels great.  Hope you have enjoyed spending time in my garden again, we will be there an awful lot from now on.