Sunday, 19 March 2017

Life in the slow lane can only get faster!

To be quite honest I am not enjoying being broken! I love my independence and having to ask for help is not something I like to do.  I have kept going to work via Taxi paid for by ACC, other wise I would go stir crazy and things need to  be done at work.  There has been NO shopping trips or after work activities all week BOOHOO!!!  But I have been lucky to have friends visiting me every day this week, so that has definitely lifted my spirits.  I miss being in my garden and being able to jump in my car and just do things.

But once I mastered those bloody crutches I did make it out into the garden so that was a plus.

The weather has been fantastic, very Autumnal with cooler mornings and glorious days full of sunshine and happiness.  My Gerberas are flowering!

Big and Toebee stalk  watch over me in the garden.

Chinese Anenomies are popping up everywhere
and searching for the sunshine. 

The girls wait be the outside room door for me to feed them,
not an easy job to do on crutches.
They will not starve on my watch!!

My huge Blue Hydrangea is changing colours,
and looking no less beautiful.

I discovered toadies growing in a pot next to my pottery ones.
I think that is called companion planting!

The Walnuts are falling to the ground,
and so are the colourful leaves.

My friend Kerry visited with her photos of India to show me and she had bought me these gorgeous shoes while there.  I can still wear one!!

I do have a book to read when I get beyond over doing nothing 
but sit with my foot up!

OMG I even painted my nails!!

These beautiful Purple shoes arrived in the post, something I had bought off trade me before I broke my toes. Thankfully next Summer is only months away, quite a few but it will be back!!

Can you imagine my excitement when I got home from work on Friday and this knee scooter was waiting for me!!!  Supermarket shopping next week will be a dream now.  I was so excited I did laps in side the house, it is a wonder I did not crash, it is quite the zippy wee thing.

Yesterday was Saturday and TOF had a fishing trip booked which he went on.  I mooched outside in the sunshine enjoying the garden. My dear son the Spare came and rescued me from my state of cabin fever and took me out for coffee and cake! Such an adorable son he is, I so needed an outing.

All these amazing things were happening this weekend and not one of them could I go to.  These are the things I would normally just go to by myself.

The Spare declined the offer to attend with me which is understandable, I was only in need of a driver.

Next year I will be able to go, so I will have to make a note of them all for next years diary.

Sure I could have asked a friend but I didn't, weekends are precious to most people and time to do stuff with the family.

Maybe this afternoon once TOF has filleted all his fish from yesterdays fishing, he might take me around some of the Street Art.
Toebee was my source of entertainment outside.  He loves to climb and still loves to ruff and tumble my hand.  He was booked to be de sexed last Monday, but that has been put on hold.

My Hibiscus is still flowering.

The Hoya flowers appear to be crying.

Yes yesterday was definitely a good day to be outside,
oh and to wear flowers in my hair.

Even the pets tried the flowers out!!
Some weren't as keen
as others.

Time for a Toebee overload as he is so cute.

The other day he was so tired after having a snack he only made it half way to his basket.

I put a basket on the table as every time I sit at my lap top at the table he joins me.

A basket seemed like a better idea than just snoozing on the table cloth.  He can make the basket look inadequate size wise so today I am going to un earth some thing larger for him to use.

Life is so tough for such a small boy! 

Far to cute!!

Even his tiny little teeth are cute!

I go to the Fracture clinic on Tuesday and I am hoping that all my behaving myself with keeping my foot in the moon shoe and keeping it elevated as much as possible will have helped the healing process. Fingers crossed the out come is all good news.  Thank you to all of you who sent me kind messages, nice to know how much you all care.



 I am trying to follow this one!!

Enjoy your life and take time to smell the roses,
marvel at Nature,
and be kind to yourself and others.

Sunday, 12 March 2017

Enjoying life and then next thing I am broken!

At the very beginning of the week I decided against my better  judgement to tackle the housework! I am not a fan of the domestic duties but after mowing the lawns outside I thought I may as well drag the vacuum cleaner around the inside of the house.  With sorting one thing and another we finally have a dining room again!!

There are strict instruction that this is not to be used for storing things on any more, even I have to obey my own order!!

It would appear that some of the residents got the memo and used the chairs while others break all the rules.

A picture tells a thousand words, or something like that.

What is it with cats and tables?

Some say Oscar is a total basket case but at least he is not sleeping on the table.  Any way it is nice to be able to sit and have my breakfast un interrupted, who am I kidding, those cats join me!!

Lucky for them
I love them all.
How big is Toebee these days?

My charity shopping of late has had me find pants or things for TOF and the lads.  In the above left two photos I have some spotted pants that are very lovely to wear but I found they seemed to grow during the day, making them baggier by the hour.  Not so sure I like that. On the right are some Purple 7/8 ones with cut out detail at the hem, comfy, non growing so they will be kept.

The large silver locket I was wearing has an old photo of my dad as a small boy being held by his dad.  Nice to have him close to my heart some days.

At the end of the week once my work days were done and the play days had arrived we three gals got together for lunch at the Hamilton Gardens. 

We lunched outside with the view of Turtle Lake to quench our desire to tour the gardens.  The day was overcast but humid, not the most pleasant for wandering but with Chris and Sue W on board it was always going to be fun.  So here is a photographic tour of the gardens which at the moment are FREE to visit.  There is talk of charging tourists.  As long as the price is affordable I think it is a good idea.

I have been coming to these gardens since my sons were small,  The Piazza has always been a favourite starting point, and who doesn't love a big bowl of water?

Japanese Garden of Contemplation.

English Flower Garden.

Nature at work.

Chinese Scholar's Garden.

Indian Char Bagh Garden.

Where we were treated to a little bit of Bollywood.

It is so good to have the one friend that never fails to amuse me.
Thanks Sue W you are a STAR!!

Italian Renaissance Garden.

My absolute

Te Parapara Garden - Traditional Maori Garden.

The best ever Bronze statue of The Mad Hatters Tea Party.

Tudor Garden.

Chinoiserie Garden.
Tropical Garden.

Outside the Pavilion there are these HUGE pots of colour, I kept thinking how amazing one would look on my lawn!!

We then wandered along the edge of Turtle Lake back to the car park.  Sue and I said our good byes to Chris with intentions of going back to mine for a cuppa. I remembered a new Childrens Play Ground that had been installed that I had not seen, so out of one car park, along the motorway into another car park and off we went again.

Makes me want to be a child again!

A line up of pottery Bird Houses were peeping out of the garden, I might have to go back with my big camera, the days photos were recorded on my small one.

The amazing man made tree trunk leads you through to what I would describe as a Magical Garden.  I crawled through the tunnel stopping in the middle to take a photo, popped out the other end to see Sue W walking through a GATE!!  I need not have crawled, but I would have missed the fun.

My Princess Di pose, maybe not the Taj Mahal, but in my eyes still a very beautiful wee building.

There are of course many other gardens to visit at the Hamilton Gardens but the humidity was a bitch, another visit on a cooler day can be had.

The weekend arrived and we have been drowning in RAIN ever since. Not as bad here in Hamilton as it has been terrible on the Coast at Whangamata where my sister lives.

Rain has never stopped me from getting outside!

The rain and the humidity make the Fungi grow in the garden.

Life went on in the garden in the wet.

TOF had picked Tomatoes and Chilies from his vegetable garden and suggested I make him Tomato Soup and add some Chili to it.  So I did but apparently it was more like Chili Soup!!  Bit heavy handed I was with the HOT STUFF.  So it has been bottled and now it will be sparingly added to other cooking. Oooops my bad!!

With all the rain we went for a drive to see how high the Waikato River was. Not as high as we expected to see, but still a beautiful sight.

Perfect weather to be a duck that was for sure!

We have a Trig Station in our neck of the woods so we wandered up the hill to it and I so enjoyed the views over our City.  I may have to revisit this on a lovely fine clear day.

A garden of carpet Roses had been planted more than likely by the City Council.

Back home to relax when the rain had ceased for a moment.
Kicking the ball for Sheba

For some reason I missed the ball and kicked the garden edging, resulting in a 3 hour Accident and Emergency visit and two broken toes.

I am beyond excited at the prospect of these for six weeks!!! 

So consequently my blogging may be rather boring from here on in, I shall do my utt most best to find a way to humor you all at me expense!! Day one and I am already so over it all.  Hopefully I will be able to get to work, it is a desk job after all, just not sure about driving, my car is a manual. Sure one of the lads will come get me if need be.

Wisdom: kick balls maybe!!