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Greytown, New Zealand, photography, plum orchard, Wairarapa
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Carterton, Daffodil festival, daffodils, flower picking, Middlerun
A bright splash of yellow to say good-bye to winter and hello to spring.
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Sadie has taken an interest in photography, so I lent her my Canon to experiment with.
Some of her shots.
Posted at 04:49 PM in Photography, Sadie | Permalink
These shots were taken a month ago, mid August.
It's an exciting time of the year, you can feel and see the blur of seasons where winter is still present but the push of spring is making itself present.
Sadie has taken a real interest in photography lately so I lent her my old Canon.
I will share her shots with you soon.
Posted at 02:31 PM in Nature and wildlife, New Zealand, Photography, Sadie, Village life, Wairarapa sites | Permalink
To end Sadie's birthday celebrations she invited a small handful of friends for afternoon tea,
where they sipped grape juice from fancy tea cups and ate cake wearing party hats.
Posted at 09:53 PM in Photography, Sadie | Permalink
birthday, girls, parties, pretty, spring
While away the weather wasn't great.....except for a pocket of gorgeous warm weather on Sunday afternoon.
With spades in hand they dug themselves hot water pools on the lake shore.
This was one of the highlights of the trip.
Shots taken with my Nikon.
Posted at 05:08 PM in Nature and wildlife, New Zealand, Photography, Travel | Permalink
hot water pools, Lake Rotorua
The second part of our road trip we spent in the thermal district of Rotorua. We made the best of miserable weather, but in a way it made the sites look more dramatic.
Wai-o-tapu when translated means 'Sacred Waters'
The mix of naturally formed chemicals and minerals created amazing colours.
This is called the Devil's Bath.
Charlie's imagination was sparked with our visit to the buried village.
History of a devastating volcanic eruption, stories of a ghost canoe and fascinating remains of a village made this visit very exciting and airy.
And lastly the beautiful Redwood forest.
Posted at 08:48 AM in Nature and wildlife, New Zealand, Travel | Permalink
buried village, redwood forest, Rotorua, wai-o-tapu
Sadie's birthday wish was to visit Hobbiton.
If you ever get the opportunity we highly recommended it. A fabulous tour in a beautiful part of the country. All the children loved it.
The guide was full of interesting facts and stories as he was involved in the initial construction of the film set.
The tour guide asked if anyone wanted to act out a small scene from the movie and up went Sadie's hand. She was a hit.
I think Hugo thought it was there just for him. Because our group was unusually small the tour guide let him try a few doors and open letter boxes.
At the end we all had a ginger beer in the Green Dragon Inn.
Even if you're not a LOTR fan I think it would be hard not to be impressed.
Posted at 09:19 AM in New Zealand, Sadie, Travel | Permalink
film sets, Hobbit, Hobbiton, Lord of the rings, LOTR, New Zealand
Three of her favourite things.
Happy birthday Sadie.
Posted at 01:35 PM in Busy in the kitchen, Photography, Sadie | Permalink
birthday cakes, blossom, flowers, foxes, girls, spring