Wednesday, February 10, 2016

This & That

: Last week Hannah started a new school year, Year 3, so it's back into after school activities, Brownies and swimming lesssons this term.

: I'd had this book on reserve at the library for ages and I picked it up last week, its so good, I got lots read at the beach.  Speaking of the library, our town library reopens at the end of the month after being renovated and earthquake strengthened. For the past year, the local library has been operating from a small shop in the main street so I can't wait to get back into the bigger library, I have really missed it.

:My friend Kath gave me a copy of Chelsea Winter's new cooking book Homemade Happiness for Christmas and one night last week I made the Chicken Fettucine for our dinner.

:it got the big thumbs up from all of us!

: aren't these hydrangeas so pretty? I took this photo in the gardens at Oruawharo Homestead, when I attended a friend's wedding recently.

: mini gingerbread loaves made last weekend, so yummy! The recipe was given to me by my cousin Donna in our annual Christmas recipe exchange.

See you soon xx

Tuesday, February 09, 2016

Family Beach Weekend

From where I live to the beach is only about a 35 minute drive and over the long weekend we headed out to Blackhead Beach to stay a few days with my parents and Zoe. We stayed  on Dad's friends' farm which is only a few minutes walk away from the beach.

Hannah got to try out her boogie board, you should have seen her go as she caught a wave or two!

Saturday morning was very overcast and grey but we hit the beach for a two hour walk and explore in the rock pools. Blackhead Beach has a marine reserve so you cannot remove or take any marine life.

Please excuse my ruly hair style, lol

Glenn and Hannah found a swing in a nearby tree, this amused Hannah for ages.

The weather for the rest of our time at the beach was great, enabling the girls to go for a few swims.

Enjoying the sea air was just what we all needed, looking forward to our next stay out there already!

Tuesday, February 02, 2016

Spice of Life Blanket

During my holiday break I finished my Spice of Life blanket, which I started in late October last year.

I needed to pick up an extra ball of the light green for the border and only ended up with the smallest amounts of each colour left, I'll use them up in my Flowers in the Snow blanket.

I'm pretty happy with how it has turned out - for now its popped away in the linen cupboard, until we get some cooler autumn weather.
See you soon xx

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Friends Stitching Circle Start

Last year my friends Kath, Clare and I decided to join a new stitching club being offered by The Silver Needle shop in the US.  We've had three of the projects arrive so far - little kits by Blackbird Designs, Chessie & Me, and the lastest is a project designed by Jeanette Douglas.

Having spent most of my holidays stitching on Yuletide Welcome I thought it was time for a new start so out came the little kit designed by Blackbird Designs.  The trouble is it's been far too hot to sit and stitch so I've only managed to make a teeny start. Hopefully I'll remedy that if the weather stays a bit cooler over the next few days.

See you soon xx

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

By the Sea

This week I am back to work after my summer holidays, I can't believe how fast the time went! We've been having the hottest weather here but today the temperature has finally dropped and with it has come some rain, which is very welcome for our parched gardens.

During the holidays Hannah and I spent a gorgeous summer day with my parents and Zoe up in Napier. 

New to the Marine Parade in Napier is a viewing platform, which is just by the Soundshell. There's been quite a bit of controversy about it in the local papers, but we thought it was awesome!

Time for lunch and a rest at the Soundshell.

Then onto our favourite spot, Ahuriri, where the girls enjoyed a swim.

Although its only an hour's drive away from home you feel like you are a million miles away and nothing beats Napier on a fine day, beside the sea.

See you soon xx

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Chocolate Malteser Fudge

Sharing this delicious fudge recipe today - one of my favourite treats I made for Christmas 2015. A very easy recipe to make with only four ingredients, it's ready in no time.

You can find the recipe here.

See you soon  xx

Monday, January 18, 2016

Stitching Lately

I've been making great progress on A Yuletide Welcome.

So enjoyable stitching with one thread over 36 count.

Some of the threads used in this design are Needlepoint Silks, so soft to stitch with.

I did have to restitch the little peacock/bird again the other night as I was out by a couple of threads.

See you soon x

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Catching Up

I can't believe its mid January already! I'm still on my summer holidays, having taken an extra week off to spend with Hannah, who still has a few weeks to go before starting the new school year.  I've been in full declutter/clean mode since returning from our annual trip to Taupo earlier in the month. Boy does it feel good to go through everything, all the cupboards, wardrobes etc and give them all a thorough going over! I still have a bit to do but the weather has turned hot hot hot here and it's looking like a whole week is coming of high temps, 30 plus degrees C each day, so there won't be any cleaning happening around here in that heat!!

So back tracking a bit to our lovely holiday now, for the past couple of years after New Year's we have headed north to Taupo for a few days.  We stay in a lakefront motel, nothing flash, but it has everything we need including a great view of the lake.

We always first stop at Huka Falls on arriving at Taupo.

A quick stop at the Honey Hive shop.

Then the rest of our time is spent swimming in the lake, mostly at Kinloch, eating out at some of our favourite restaurants, browsing the shops, a bit of sight seeing and relaxing at our motel unit.

The view from our motel room each morning and night was stunning.

Lots of reading happened.

This time we visited Craters of the Moon, a thermal walk way:

But mostly we did lots of swimming in the lake and at the local Pools too

Of course we found a few parks to go to:

Soon it was time to come home and we are already looking forward to our holiday there in 2017!!

See you soon xx
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