Sunday, 18 March 2018

What made me happy this week - 11/52

So much has happened lately and the last two weeks have been pretty intense.  TOF has been in Hospital, well he still is but hopefully he will come home this week to start his long and slow recovery journey from having a Triple Bypass operation on his heart.  Trust little Toebee to find a way to lift my spirits and make me HAPPY.  

Today was a stunning sunny day
the sort you go mad on doing the washing.
Toebee heard the word WASHING!

Yeah that is him in the washing bucket on top of the washing,
washing himself!!

Thanks Toebee - I love you!

Sunday, 11 March 2018

What made me happy this week - 10/52

Getting a photo emailed to me that was taken a week ago of me with two of my cousins, Jan and Stephen.

Oh how my lovely cousin Stephen reminds me of my dad!! 

We are related through our Great Grandmother Minnie Kerby.  This is her with her brood taken in 1901, my Nana is the baby on her lap.

Sunday, 4 March 2018

What made me happy this week - 9/52

Well weeding the garden with the best companion ever!

My new garden has grown so much with all the warm weather so this afternoon I took down the chicken proofing and pulled all the weeds out.  My assistant had to be removed quite a few times as he thought laying in the soil was HELPFUL! With that done the netting has gone back up to protect these plants so they can continue to grow and make me HAPPY!

Friday, 2 March 2018

Allow the beauty of your soul to shine.

What a lovely sentiment.  I got it from the dearest little book I found whilst out among the op shops called 'Well-being, Creating a life of prosperity'.  What else did I find you may well ask?

The little cage I am going to put in one of my trees with the door wired back, someone may want to live there, or something may grown in it.
I couldn't leave this glorious old basket behind, or the black trim.

Vintage tin, that little book and a set of brass monkeys!!

All of this, including the wooden tray came from a trip to Morrinsville and Cambridge one afternoon.  The tray and the sifter were both $8 each and everything else I found was $3 each.

The garden is nearing the end of it's most productive time, some of the Chillis  have been artistically shaped.
Walnuts are starting to drop, and I have picked at least 3 kilos of blackberries, most have been re homes!!  Florence to the right had been secretly laying the pile of eggs and was unpleased when her stash was discovered.

As one plant finishes flowering another begins.

Follow the leader with Big at the front and Toebee at the end.

My favourite summer frock is getting closer to the end of it's life expectancy, and it will be a sad day when we have to say farewell.

I grew, picked and hung to dry all this beautiful Statice.  I think I will repeat the process next season as it is so pretty.

My lovely friend Anne painted this darling little picture and then gave it to me.

Clever pants Dawn had this selection of lovelies ready to head of to galleries so they could fine themselves a home.  

Finally a SuesDay happened and we drove to Te Awamutu to get among the op shops. Sue scored some bits and bobs.  I found nothing until we went into the Trade Aid Shop.  How I love the Trade Aid shops that have been around for so long now and never disappoint with such beautiful things for sale. The crosses are on the Wall of Whimsy now.

 So much love for this beautiful young man!

Upside down photos making Sheba look like she is laughing.
Unconditional love!!

Garden Wisdom,
my Mantra for this year.

from my little book

A generous heart,
kind speech
and a life of service
and compassion
are the things
which renew humanity.


Sunday, 25 February 2018

What made me happy this week - 8/52

Sometimes the simple pleasure of having something in storage, finally getting it out of storage, and most of all getting to use it!!  

Feast your eyes on this!

This gorgeous colourful Chandelier has been wrapped and boxed and also patiently sat in a safe corner in my garage for at least two years, waiting for the perfect day.  That day finally happened and my lovely electrician called and installed it, above that gorgeous wood and mint green table and chairs of ours.  Now I have some equally gorgeous colourful fabric to make a table cloth to go below it on the table.

This has made me incredibly

Sunday, 18 February 2018

What made me happy this week - 7/52

This morning I went to the Zoo, Hamilton Zoo to be precise.  I was invited to make up the numbers with one of the guys from work and his family as they had booked a Lemur Encounter.  Who was I to say no, and OMG it was soooooooooooooooo good!!!

We got to feed these little dudes and dudettes and the babies some snacks as they had already had breakfast.  So glad I tagged along, Lemurs are ADORABLE!!!

Monday, 12 February 2018

Raglan and life in general!!

Ok because some of you wanted more on Raglan you are getting it!!  

Parked in the reserve on Cliff St I sat in the car and ate my lunch with the windows down and some of the locals for company!!  The got the crusts and the extra lettuce that got pulled from my sarnies.

Three of my favourite shops all on the way or on the wharf.  I have been in then so often that the owners have all presumed I live in Raglan!! 

My purchase is 'Baby Stan' pot from The Monster Company.  I have a mix of their stuff and Dawns at home now.

Standing outside the shop called Soul the view is up the harbour so I went for a wander as the tide was low.  The view back to the Blue painted shops on the Wharf is lovely.

I have not wandered along the edge of the harbour for years, not much sand, lots of rocks and stones, but still lovely.

Parked again in Cliff St but closer to town I wander along the path that leads to the bridge that takes you over the sea to the Camping Ground.  Believe it or not, but I have never done this before!!

I had a strong desire to walk on the sand and paddle in the ocean so off to the beach I went. Only taking photos and leaving my footprints!

Before I drove home I headed out to Manu Bay and then up high above the main beach to enjoy those glorious views.  With all my senses being satisfied with my coastal visit I treated myself to a coffee and some cake for my drive home.

Now for other stuff that has been happening:

Our youngest sons (wearing white shirt in right hand photo) girlfriend (wearing white in left hand photo) turned 21 so we all attended her birthday bash in town. Our eldest son and his girlfriend came with me and TOF (couple in front in right hand  photo) pretty sure you can see me and TOF.  It was a pretty nice night out, and so cool to have us all together!!

How pretty are Purple Asters?

I saved this baby from being a play date with Toebee! 

I have this very cool basket woven out of old plastic strapping that a certain young cat took a fancy to. I love how it is made from recycled plastic.

Darling Old Biggles Mc Big Cat aka BIG
is very much cruising his way through life.

Oscar my little old man was feeling the cold the other day when it was raining so he made himself a nest in my blanket.

Sheba is always on the go and always has a ball or toy to play with,
so no wonder she is zonked out at night time.

And of course there is Spunk muffin himself,
If he gets any cuter he will get arrested! 

There have been daily gatherings from the garden 
be it produce,or flowers,all is gratefully received. 

I was given 3 kilos of Tomatoes
so they got made into SAUCE!

I read an entire book the other day
as it was raining
and TOF was out fishing!

The hunter and gatherer on board the boat
showing off one off his catches.

All my Parked  rides are now Parked and Thrive!!

I have made a new garden and immediately had to CHICKEN PROOF it as the girls were eyeing it all up.

Maybe later in the week I will take you on my walk in the Hamilton Gardens in the RAIN!!  So beautiful and so colourful.  

But before I sign off and head to bed,
check out some new looks I am trialing.



***Good night***