Wednesday, 31 October 2018

Week 43/52 - State Highway 23 will take you to the sea!

Another week has passed by in a flash.
The older I get the faster those week go by,
I'm not sure that is exactly fare!

In that week that was gone in a flash I found myself once more over those hills and on the coast.  The weather was grim, all grey and storm like, but I love it like that.  The sky was for ever changing and I needed that positive fresh unpolluted sea air in my lungs!

I had lunch this time high above the main beach, just look at that view!

There was time for a look in my favourite shops and have a wee spend.  Zinnias was my first port of call.

Then off to Monster and Tony Sly!!

Back home I rescued a baby from
a wild cat 

But I could not save this baby mouse
that I found on the kitchen floor the following morning!

TOF and I went to visit Max, we took the back roads where the traffic is MANIC!!

You are always met at the gate with a SMILE and a WAGGING tail.

I of course had my Kitten FIX again!!

I love the view from the front door,
nothing like a paddock full of farm animals.

The Waikato countryside is

I keep picking this off the side of the road
whenever I go country.

I did the rounds of my local op shops and found a book by Aunty Acid.  This was the page it fell open at which made me buy it!!



Wednesday, 24 October 2018

Week 42/52 - A long Weekend for all!!

Yeah yeah I know, every weekend is a long one for me, but last weekend was one of those public holiday on Monday kind of weekends.  Mine started on Friday as per usual.  With a very early start to my day!  5:00am to be exact.

I was on a delivery mission for my youngest son and his gorgeous girlfriend as they were on a 6:30am flight out of Hamilton to Wellington.  We got to the airport @ about 6 so there was time to get a coffee.  They then went off to board so I sat and watched the sky lighten up, watch their plane, and witness the beginning of a glorious sunshine filled day.

They humoured me with a pre requested wave as they walked the tarmac to the plane.  I sat and watched the plane get a shower before it left, always best to travel fresh I guess!!!   Home for breakfast and then off out to check out the op shops in Cambridge.

TOF arrived home early that afternoon so I convinced him suggested we take the dogs out to Raglan for a run on the sand and a swim in the ocean.  He caved in agreed and off we went. 

It was so lovely and uncrowded, we knew it would not be like that over the weekend.  Pretty sure the big cities empty out and they all head to a coastal spot. Why not!!

Wet, sandy and some what whiffy dogs got loaded into the back seat. Oscar in his travel bag, works well too. We went and got ourselves a Kiwi takeaway for our dinner which we ate at a picnic table harbour side.

I packed a thermos so we could have a hot drink, good way to wash the grease down after a feed of fish n chips!!  The sun started to go down so we headed for home, with a stream of traffic all coming towards us.

Saturday TOF went off fishing with a friend of ours and I went out for a KITTEN FIX!!!  OMG they are adorable, and their mum is one sweetheart of a cat.

Too cute!!!

Another weekend of gorgeous weather had me dining outside.  I was joined by a snail at one point which I moved to a safer position.

Big was the next guest to join me and thought sitting on the newspaper I was trying to read was perfect!  It wasn't long before Toebee arrived. Some cat talk took place and Big decided it was time to leave.

And Toebee then decided to bury his way under my newspaper!!

Long Weekend brings SALES in the shops.  So I went and purchased a new umbrella for outside. My old canvas market one was getting long in the tooth but it is getting re homed not dumped.  This one is easier for me to put up and down which is a bonus with my arthritic hands.  I even upgraded my phone and was delighted to find the camera on it is very good.

My big camera is in dire need of a service/clean
so this will be a handy replacement while it is away.

Some more nasty plastic has been replaced.  I have changed to WOODEN pegs, they work fine, and they look beautiful in my old cane basket.

I was having trouble sleeping so I slept in the guest room, with all the pets!!  Big isn't crazy on sharing me but managed for a wee while.

I have been hanging and drying flowers etc in the guest room, hanging them off the curtain rail.  I found a gorgeous old ladder in Morrinsville on Saturday that I want to suspend from the ceiling to hang them all on.  As you can see I have quite the collection.

My work mate gave me more willow so I have half a dozen small wreathes drying.  This one was dry enough to have a play with, adding some of my dried foliage and flowers.  I'm pretty tickled, and the friend that I gave it to today for her birthday loves it. Win win I'de say. You know what this means now, MORE will be made!!

He also gave me more Loquats so more Jam has been made, with one jar going to work for him to try.  I have seen a huge tree smothered in fruit, so I am thinking of door knocking to see if I can pick some.

Heads up for you Hamilton folk.  If you want a lovely hand made candle head to the Orphan Aids Op Shop in Frankton, the manger makes these to sell in the shop.  Mine is Rose fragrance, I love the little slices of branch she stamps and uses as tags.

No wisdom this week
just shenanigans!
Three Queens in a row!!


Tuesday, 16 October 2018

Week 41/52 -Nurture your mind with great thoughts!

With some gorgeous weather on offer of late I have been setting up camp outside at one of the outdoor tables and even putting the sun umbrella up. It is so peaceful, with the chatter of the birds in the garden only interrupted by the sound of the traffic on the main road nearby. Not that it bothers me at all.

With sunshine on my back, a hot cup of tea I buried my nose and mind in my book.  It did not take long until I had company.

Apparently it was the perfect place for a mid morning snooze!

The girls mingled with me outdoors also, they have taking a liking to one of my revamped parts of the garden.

They are well on with egg production and no matter what size egg all are appreciated, the same effort goes into the laying of them.  The tiny egg has no yolk!

Sheba made sure a ball was handy in case I wanted to play, and meanwhile back at my table someone was making himself very at home.

Apparently a flat cloth on the table is not what is required!
At one point he was under it.

Yes, glorious Spring weather has been turned on, 
and quite frankly,

And it makes you so sleepy!!

I forgot to share this, the Bird Feeder I got @ the Street Market in Waihi the other weekend.  Now I just need to find the perfect place for it where I can watch the birds.

My local Op shops are still giving me little treasures.

Oscar would like you all to know he was subjected treated to what is known here as a Poof and a Pamper!!  When he sees my ironing board go up he knows that no ironing will be taking place!  Tis the perfect platform for me to groom him on.  Hey at least it has a use!

Pleased to inform you that Mr Big seems to have retired from the street life.  So far he has slept indoors at night and even has a more tolerable attitude towards his furry siblings. Long may this last.

Yay for the first of my Sweet Peas to flower!!

I pick and take flowers to work each week for my Reception Counter.
The fragrant ones are the best.

My eldest son and his girlfriend have become Foster Parents for the SPCA and have the most adorable young mum and her one week old kittens x 4.  You know where I will be going on a weekly basis now!!




--Bye for now--