Sunday, 13 November 2016

It is that time of the year again!!

What time of the year I hear you say?  
I bet you were all thinking pre Christmas time of the year.
Well not in this house.


Meet little Madden, he is only about 5 weeks old and was so frightened when I first collected him from the SPCA. I even bottle fed him for the first few days so I was thankful that it was over the weekend when he arrived. Did you know you burp bottle fed kittens? I googled as I didn't now how often they needed to have a bottle, and then burping came up. So cute, a burping kitten!!

With unlimited cuddles and plenty of handling he turned into the most relaxed little dude within days.

Oscar slipped into his parenting role and escorted the wee guy down the garden path.

Big is confused as to what this new arrival is, I think he is hoping it isn't one of his that has finally found him!!  Sheba keeps her distance with a toy in her gob and just watches.

My garden is amping right now, with the rain, the sun and everything else that Spring has decided to throw at it, it is just doing it's thing.  The bees are making the very best of the plants on offer.

 Birds are feasting on the last of the Berries in the Idesia trees.

They are finding mates and setting up house in the tall trees.  I watched this couple for ages as the big one was feeding the other one berries.  That could well have sealed the deal to get it on!!

Moody skies made for glorious back drops to tree tops.

A drive in the countryside had me come across a paddock of bulls. They looked so good sunning themselves in the tall grassed paddock they were in.

In the neighboring paddock was a White Horse,
graceful majestically beast.

 On the same sunny day I discovered Big's secret sleeping spot.

 I also planted my Gerberas in this very heavy stone planter.

My beautiful big Poppies are flowering but lasting only a day as they are getting beaten by the wind we have been experiencing of late.  There are at least a gazillion of them so everyday more flower.

These Sweet Peas are providing endless happiness visually and in many other ways.  The more I pick, the more they flower.

Many a bunch has been picked and taken to work so my office smells divine, others have been given to visitors, or delivered to friends when I have visited them.

 My Dad gets a fresh bunch as often as needed.

And Autumn has decided to make a nest
under the cascade of sweet peas.

One of my favourite retail shops (Bed, Bath and Beyond) was having a SALE so I went to inspect what was on offer.  I know I don't need any more baskets but come on, look at that thing!!  Far too cool not to have.  The rag rug is huge, I am pretty sure it will end up in the lounge or the dining room eventually.

I Found lights!!  Large wire flowers that had been near to $80 but down to $20.  Perfect on my front entrance table.  The Flamingo ones are destined for the Christmas tree then more than likely they will spend some time in the garden over Summer.

I have had numerous visitors lately
I have been out visiting.

A trip out to Sues was made and my dogs got to play with her dogs.  Four dogs of various sizes and ages leads to mayhem among other entertaining moments.

Let us say there was an overload of territory marking!

I visited my lovely friend Anne who has just returned from 2 months in Holland, her homeland.  She surprised me with these beautiful gifts.  Tea light candle holders and the most gorgeous embroidered and pom pom scarf ever.  So spoiled!!!

I visited Dawn to take her a surprise, this photo of her grandchildren that I took during the week.  Such great kids and so neat to be able to do something nice for her without her knowing.  Of course there was pottery to be viewed.

Glorious colour!!

Then there was a get together at a cafe with Sue and Kerry for a cuppa and a catch up.  I got totally side tracked by the Cafe pets.

Smiling Kune Kune pigs and friendly sheep only to happy to be scratched between the ears.  

Obviously this Cafe is not in the city!!

Yesterday I went to Te Awamutu with my friend Diane.  We went to the annual Craft Fair where I found the lovely Julie.  She had a stall full of her lovely hand made crafts that she was trying to keep dry as it was windy and wet off and on. Diane bought fudge and I bought plants, yes more plants.

Across the road from the Craft Fair this lovely old Church beckoned me to visit.  I have driven past it so many times but yesterday I noticed the door was open.

Built out of Matai and looking very lovely with colourful Leadlight windows, some original and apparently shipped out from the mother land, England, back in the time of construction.  Of course I spent my time wondering how I would convert this into a home.

 The accompanying small cemetery was full of interest.

 I love the wrought iron railing that sat atop a block wall.

Inside the Church hall was a lady with some Christmas decorations from the local Trade Aid shop, so I purchased the two Angels.  Then we found out that the Church Op Shop was open where I found these gorgeous shoes for $4.  In another op shop, yes we visited a couple more, I found the Cat Warning sign for $3. 

In the middle of town we had a coffee break in this lovely Rose filled park.  Well I had a Mocha and Diane had a cigi. 

I have one Rose in my garden but I am rather tempted to get one of these. From bud to full bloom this rose is stunning.  Named after a Kiwi singer too.

Then I got a call to go and collect another foster kitten.  So meet Joel, I named him.  With Madden already I said how about Joel or Benji?  They  laughed and said yes, Joel.  Good Charlotte band here we come!

A buddy for Madden.  Someone to climb the cage with, someone to wrestle with, someone to keep company and give me some time out.  Kittens need company.  SPCA had three I could have taken but my limit is two kittens at a time, more than enough poo to deal to etc.

Little Joel is settling in and thinks he is a parrot!!

While we were all busy outside on kitten watch Oscar thought he would help out by finishing off a bag of potato chips, or crisps for your Northern folk!!

Some parting shots from my garden.

Time for a laugh!




Fiona said...

And those bloody magpies wake me up on the rare days that I don't have to! Your kittens are adorable, what a great environment for them to grow up in. x

Beth Waltz said...

Sue, we've just learned of the NZ quake. Hope you, your friends and family, and the critters are all unscathed!

This is a beautiful post, much needed at this particular moment in our collective lives here in the troubled USA. Hurray for kittens, dogs, majestic horses, roses, very nice shoes for $4, flowers and crafts...your list goes on. Bless you!

Julie said...

Oh Sue little Madden is gooorrrgeous. Can see how smitten you would be. Yes I love both Joel & Benjy Madden .. think they are great. Your sweetpeas are looking lovely .. mine are bursting into flower too thanks to you for the seeds. Glad you enjoyed the craft fair .. funnily enough my friend Joyce would've been on at the Church Op shop & my friend Lois was running the trade aid stall at the church too !!! I had hoped to get some plants myself at the fair but didnt get a chance to get out & have a good look. Have a great week Sue.

Goody said...

Our news has been full of quake coverage-we're thinking of you and hope you're safe up North.

Thanks for the kitten photos-as Beth mentioned, we REALLY needed that! I laughed at the singing birds.

freckleface said...

A blog post full of all the good things. Adorable kittens (I wouldn't leave the house for about three months) birds and beautiful flowers. It seems like Spring was only there about a week ago and already you're harvesting sweet peas! You exude contentment in your life, so lovely to hear about and see.
Oh my goodness, the earthquake and tsunami sound awful. Hope you and yours are all ok. Xxx

Polyester Princess said...

First of all, I hope you are OK Sue! You are in my thoughts!
Aw, isn't Madden adorable? And Joel too!
Your garden is looking beautiful, but isn't it a pity that poppies do not last longer? I love them so. And Sweet Peas! How I wish it as spring here again, but we still have winter to go through ... xxx

Poppy Q said...

sue we missed you. We love your posts and thought you had forgotten us. The kittens are just lovely, good on you for giving them a good start in life.

Mim said...

Aw, such cute baby cats!

I hope all is well in your corner of NZ. The earthquakes have been on the news, they look terrible.

Vix said...

All those gorgeous photos! I adore those kittens (and the big boy, too). Fab to see blue skies and flowers - no chance of that on the other side of the world! xxx