Thursday, 21 August 2014

Forgive me bloggers for I have sinned.....

...well I had a lapse, an oops, a weak moment!

Take your pick but I had one.

Actually that would be two oopsies!

A basket and a set of sheets.

But how could I pass them up when reasonably priced
and starring at me willing me to take them home.

Hope I am forgiven for my sins.

The drapey cardy is brand new with all the shop tags still attached, fits like a glove, well not really a glove, but it fits really nice, may get an outing tomorrow. Then I spied the little fox fur, this was only $5 so cute.

Hows this little lot!  I love using a jug as a vase but I put a jar inside so it doesn't dirty up the jug.  Two gorgeous brooches, and some rhino shaped beads.  The face bowl is Sylvac and the key ring is from Mexico, the cutest little sandal.  Now where will I hang the little plaque?

I didn't get those creepers planted so I may well just have to stay at home tomorrow and sort that out.  Nothing else planned so there is a pretty good chance they will get in the ground and start with the creeping up and over the swing.  Hope fast growing really is true!!

Hope your week is treating you nicely.

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Time to re pimp my ride!

At least two years ago I scored a garden swing seat for just over $20, well $21 to be exact, off trade me.  TOF did a few welding repairs and I then Pimped it, within an inch of its life. 

Purrrrrrity or what??!!

All the fake flowers, the quilt, and a couple of the cushions were sourced from op shops.  The appliqued cushion in the middle was a gift from Sue W, clever tart.  In summer this is 'THE SPOT' to hang out in total comfort and all under the shade of a large tree.  Many a nana nap has taken place involuntarily on this swing seat.

After two years of  the flowers being exposed to the outdoor elements they are looking a little worse for wear.  

So today I came up with a plan!!


My plan is to plant these either side of the swing seat and let them grow up and across, cool idea huh!  Reading the tags they are FAST growers and that is just the sort of creeper I want creeping. Purple and Yellow, what an awesome colour bomb that is going to be, and scented! Hopefully tomorrow I will get them planted, the ground is nice and soft as we are having some RAIN again.

 Look at all the pets having a top time outside.

Mrs Wickham is a bugger for getting into this garden box.  I busted her today and before I could clap my hands she jumped out and started scratching about as if nothing was going on, 'nothing to see here'.  I have moved my pottery thingies I made from the fence as they kept getting knocked off, they are now wired to the climbing frame in the garden box.  My sweet peas can grow around them.

Blue chairs and white flowers
with ten girls a scratching
while Tex chills out in the last of the sun
on offer for the day.

It is still RAINING!

Check it out, I managed to French Braid my hair!!
Taking photos from behind was a mission,
but I finally got some that worked.

I wore my purple shoes today until the ones on the right arrived via courier.  Same as some others I have in green that are too big, so they are going to live with my sister at the beach.  These fit perfectly and were a very good price for near new off trade me.  Cool colour and I love the Frogs, it is the El Naturalista signature.

With a bit of luck my Creepers will creep super fast
due to that watering can in the sky!

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Tick along Tuesday!

I went to work.

I wore a long coat to keep warm.
And I was just that all day.

 I called in at Hospice on my way home
and scored some gorgeous summer things.

You have to love clothes that are all
$2.50 per piece.

And colourful jewellery that is only $2 each.

Then when I got home
I found gifts from my girls
under one of the trees.

I think it was a thank you for letting them
into the garden every afternoon.

Monday, 18 August 2014

Living life in the slow lane

Yesterday TOF and I spent pretty much the entire day in the garden, mulching, cutting, racking, spreading, and basically having a general tidy up.

Lets hear a big hell yeah
for the little red trailer!!

The tree trunk and branches have been mulched or cut and stacked awaiting someone with a fire place to claim them.  TOF re arranged what he likes to call the 'Adventure Playground' for the girls.  They spent the day following us around the garden and scratching away in all the new mulch.  Last to bed was Cassie, little Miss Fluffy Bum.

I have two new to me BIG BLUE chairs!!
And my Tulips are getting ready to flower.

 Mmmmmmm colourful flowers!!

TOF and I dragged moved my tiered garden box to the back yard finally.  My plan is to turn it into a Salad and Herb garden as it is handy to the kitchen where we have put it.  Just need to go and get some dirt to fill it up and it will be all ready to be planted.

Bare faced and Plaits for Sunday Garden-a-thon!

So True!!

Today is my babies 19th Birthday, hard to believe my lads are not really lads but young men.  I still love them as much as I did when they were born.  They have made me cry at times but oh my god how they make me laugh!!

You give a 19 year old a survival kit, that's what you give them.  Socks, Jocks, smellies, car products and some booze!!  He was well made up with his box of goodies.

This morning was so lovely I decided to have a cuppa in the sunshine on the deck and read my book.  Except I didn't get to read my book or drink my drink because I had a slight ACCIDENT resulting in this!!


So I buggered off out to visit Sue in the country.

Max the great Rat Hunter on the hunt, as per my instructions.  New mother and son combo of the Sheep variety.  I think the mum should be called Elizabeth as her wool forms one of those Elizabethan type collars at her neck.

Clyde the eternal optimist in hope of someone playing throw and fetch, always at the ready with a stick.  Couple of the goat girls just chillin' in the paddock, Lock Ness of the Karakariki hanging out in the pond and Isabelle, Kara and Donald doing what cows do best, eating grass and doing huge poohs.

Life in the country was all happening at my pace, nice and slow thanks very much.  The view from Sues letterbox isn't too shabby is it.  I parked up like a townie when I saw the family of swans swanning about, with farmers going past with that 'yeah she's a townie alright' look on their faces.

On my way home I spotted these billboards that had been altered.  I suggest that the culprit should have spent money on food rather than paint!  My other suggestion would be to turn up to the up and coming Election and cast a Vote if not happy with the current governing power.  This sort of thing irks me!

Righty-o, back on track of enjoying the countryside.  I detoured and went past a fence line of Dafs, a paddock of Pigs, a paddock of Alpaca, and some of those cows with big horns.  All because I felt the urge to check in on the fowl at the Tatua Arboretum.

 Holy crap cakes Batman there are a lot of Roosters or are they Cocks?

 There were more...

 and more......

 and even more!

Such a huge variety of Roosters crowing about being Cocks while the girls watched on unimpressed.  The flock keeps growing and they are all so gorgeous.  How lovely is the big old sheep?

Because today felt like Spring, and looked like Spring with all the Daffodils out, I was searching for little lambs.  I finally came across two in a paddock with sheep and this spotty cow.  I really have the rural talk down pat.

By the time I got home it was time to bring in the sheets off the line, think seriously about what we would have for our dinner and contemplate baking.

SOD baking!
I went to the Supermarket and bought a cake
then added that personal touch
that only a Mother can do!

Saturday, 16 August 2014

Got the man toys out today!

One evening after work this week a bloke from TOFs work came round here with his Man tool.  His Chainsaw you filthy sniggering people!!  We had some things called Chinese Toons growing down the back that needed to be taken off at the ankles.

This is the end result of two men, one chainsaw, and one woman guiding the chopping with a lot of 'NO that is enough' as they wandered about revving the chainsaw.  

Man with Chainsaw is like lady with dye bath!

TOF replaced my assortment of branches with a couple of power pole sized trunks that make the garden edging.  He made some metal things to keep them in place, bet I still trip over them tho'.

TOF left this morning at Sparrows fart to go fishing with a workmate, so by the time I welcomed the day the sun was out and a good breeze was blowing.  So I filled the line with washing and got on with my day.

Note my superhero left his outfit behind
no super powers required for fishing
only bait!

Once I had done all the things that needed to be done, menial tasks they were too, I dragged out another Man Toy from the garage and cranked it into life.  Oh yeah a Mulcher!!!   I fed branches into it and it spat out lovely mulch all over the ground for me to gather up and pile into my wheelbarrow.  By the time I had finished, the wheelbarrow was very full, so I had to wheel it slowly to the Chicken coup as I didn't want it to tip over.  The girls have lots of fresh mulch in there run to scratch about in now.

Thanks Mum!!!

The fisherman came home rather disappointed without fish!

We will continue in the garden tomorrow.

If he can't hunt
I will get him to gather.
Like the lawn clippings because the lawn needs to be clipped!! 

Weather forecast is for more of the same lovely sunny,
but windy weather.

We should be able to fill the little red trailer
and take her to the dump again.

So glad I bought her,
and I bet TOF is too!!

Friday, 15 August 2014

It's not all black and white

I had pink socks on!!

I woke up to a glorious SUNNY morning, finally extracted myself from bed and got up.  I sat in the sunshine on the deck enjoying a late breakfast with the pets for company.  With no firm plans I decided I would do my chores then have a think about what I might get up to for the day.

I had a phone call from Dawn asking if I wanted to go out to Raglan with her after lunch to deliver some of her art to a Gallery/Shop.  Why not!!  So I fed the girls and gathered the eggs and chilled outside.

I put my nose in my book while enjoying another lovely hot cup of tea.  Next thing I new Dawn was here and we were on our merry way to the coast.

Matapihi is in the main street of Raglan in the central business area of this thriving beach place.  Ok so today it was quite quiet, but I do love this place.  I could easily live out at Raglan.

 I always enjoy seeing her work displayed for sale.

 We both loved the driftwood outdoor chairs.

The most amazing chair was in the clothing/gallery out the back.
(the best hand made woolen coats and stunning colourful skirts are there!)
Of course we had to try it out as it was so very Throne like.

Matapihi is in an old house, so if you get out to Rags go in for a look.  You will recognise all Dawns work, and you will get to view all the other talented artists that sell there ware at Matapihi. The Square bowl got purchased by the lady working there today so that was a win win, mind you it was totally fabulous.

Wonder if this is still in use,
because what a perfect spot to live,
views of the water,
walk to town,
the list goes on.

We went to a lovely cafe with retro as couches that reminded me of my childhood, and we chilled out with a hot drink and a yummy brioche.  So cosy and warm inside, as it was blowing like a bugger outside.

We had a wander on the wharf and checked out the shops.  They were ALL open today so that was a huge plus.  The ocean today was quite green and looking very beautiful.  

Yes, I could live out at Raglan.

Inside Raglan Vintage and Retro they have a Tardis, so of course we went inside it and the lady turned on all the sound affects.  Who knew the Dr Who's Tardis is out at Raglan.  Also a very cool shop, so visit it if you get out that way.

Of course we did have a quick look in a few of the shops.  And I bought me another felted hat, while Dawn scored herself a wicked jacket. Glamour is the shop my sister manages at Whangamata, so always worth stopping in to see what they have in stock, all comes from Nepal.

I always enjoy the trip out to Raglan and back, whether I Drive or I am a passenger, it is such a lovely drive in rolling countryside.

Ploughed paddocks ready to be sown with crops. 
I like the patterns in the dirt.

Back home to enjoy the last part of the sunny day.  Love my new hat, love the colour.  TOF I arrived home and I went and lay down on our bed and woke up 4 hours later, must have been tired.  So he is going to bed and I have just got up!  I feel like a confused elderly person, all disorientated!!  

Guess I will be sitting up late reading my book,

Thanks for the memories today Dawn!!
Love ya for ever!