I thought I would share with you some photographs I took in Picton. On the foreshore there is a sweet little boat pond. For 20c you can hire a little handmade model sail boat. The breeze gently sails it from one side of the pond to other. It was a very idyllic scene indded. Believe or not the sailor dress was a coincidence, but it did seem very appropriate. xx
Our highlights were,
~ Sailing across the Cook Strait
~ Nelson markets
~ Enjoying wonderful food and surroundings at Riverside Cafe
~ Digging for cockles in the sand at Golden Bay
~ Visiting Pu Pu springs
~ Walk to the arches
~ Drive from Golden Bay to Whanganui inlet and West coast
~ Drive along the Queen Charlotte Sounds
~ and jelly fishing on the Picton foreshore
I took hundreds of photographs ~ if you are interested visit my Flickr for a sample.
Thank-you to all who entered my giveaway. I used a random number selector and number 4 was selected. So congratulations to Pom Pom, I know she will be thrilled because she has a new arrival in the family. Pom Pom, email me with your choice of color, size and motif. xx
Listening to the sea
The bach at Golden Bay
Pu Pu springs
Sadie enjoying the view
Walking on the beach
Bird watching (or should that be finger watching?)
While we are away I would like to offer a giveaway. If you would like to win a Heart Felt recycled wool pixie hat in your choice of size, color and motif, just leave a comment on this post to be in the draw. For an additional entry post a link to this giveaway on your next blog post.
I will draw a winner when I return on January 25th and announce the winner on my next post. I'm happy to send the prize to any country.
Good luck! xx
~ Examples ~
Wild Chamomile (Matricaria chamomilla)
Identification marks: Flowers in paniculate capitula; on the outside are the white ray florets, in the middle the yellow disc florets. Receptacle hollow, without paleae. Leaves slender, double pinnate. Plant has a strong aromatic smell.
Description: Ray florets ben downwards in older flowers. Stem erect, branched, hollow.
Habitat: Weedy places, particularly in cornfields and along verges. Likes a soil rich in nutrients, particularly nitrogenous material; somewhat calcifugous.
Medicinal plant; flowers rich in ethereal oils.
Sliding down the slide is fun!
Long slides are the best!
I hope you think the slides are the best!
Do you know where a slide is?
Every slide is good!
We swing out and swing in so fast
I swing higher and higher!
Never touching the sky but we try!
Go swing up, swing out, swing in, swing to the clouds!
Soon you will swing .....a super star!
Poetry found here.
We headed for the hills this week, taking a day trip to the Waiohine Gorge where there's an incredible swing bridge crossing the Waiohine River. One thing I have learned about my children today, they don't have a fear of heights like their father and Grandfather! It was very beautiful, wild summer flowers, cool running river and the shade of the forest.
Swing bridge crossing over to the forest
The river down below
Sadie enjoying the feel of the soft green moss
Wild flowers down by the river
Charlie playing at the waters edge
Slim pickings last month, but the things I did find were really good.
Sweet red and white dress/top for Sadie
For the children's Christmas stockings I wanted to add something new, handmade and thrifted. For Charlie I found this set of old wooden skittles with little red wooden balls. They have been a lot of fun.
For Sadie I found this sweet little framed retro print of ballerina's.
This large framed print is called "Leek heads", by Majorie Drawbell.
A set of four Swedish Rorstrand porcelain cups and saucers....I love this design called 'Eden'.
And finally a piece of gorgeous vintage barkcloth ~ no plans for it's use yet.
Happy and successful thrifting! xx
From day one we have been fascinated with the vast array of bird life here on the farm. We love nothing more than sitting on the porch and identifying the various birds we spot. So much so I started writing a list of the different varieties. So far we have identified 25 different birds ranging from introduced birds such as finches, turkeys, rosella parrots and swallows to our native birds like the tui, fantails and the hawk.
We have chased peasants and quail down the driveway, watched hawks soaring across the fields scanning for pray; disturbed tui outside our front door gorging themselves with the nectar from the flax bush flowers and listened to the haunting sound of the morepork owl in the dead of night.
Not only birds call this small valley home, but we have heard the deep croaks of frogs, we have huhu beetles beating themselves against the lit window at night and the other day I disturbed a brown skink (lizard) sunning himself on the warm concrete steps.
To help us learn a little more about the wild life that surrounds our home, I have been doing a little reading. I was thrilled to pick up a copy of this book (the 1947 edition) from the thrift store a few months back. It's an old text book we used at school. It was first published in 1947 and we were still using it in the 80s when I was a school, but has been republished since. It's been useful in helping us to identify the various native species.
Another book I hold dear from childhood is this one. It use to belong to my father and as a child I would spend many hours flicking through the pages looking at the beautiful illustrations of wild flowers. I have been using it a lot in identifying the various wild summer flowers in bloom.
When I was writing this I couldn't help think of this illustration from another loved childhood book. I enjoy the look on the child's face as she gets down ~ up close and personal with the beautifully captured New Zealand fauna.
Wherever you find yourself, stop and take notice of the wonderful wild life you share this amazing planet with. You just might be surprised in what you find!
It's amazing looking back only 12 months ago. Sadie has grown and developed incredibly in such a short period of time. She has lost her baby looks and has developed into a little girl. Charlie hasn't changed a lot in looks but he has developed mentally and socially. I wish time would slow down just a little, but I suppose that's every mother's wish. xx
Swimming at the river
Me and my babies