Thursday, January 18, 2018

We're all set for Summer rain

There's meant to be heavy rain warnings over much of NZ for the next couple of days, we've mostly had a dry Summer so far with the odd rain spell here and there. Certain parts of the country get it more than others - one thing I miss about living up north is that we use to get real storms up there, you know the kind where the house shakes, the wind howls outside, thunder and lightening - we don't seem to get much of that here in Tauranga.

Anyway I'm sure that no matter how wet it gets here it'll be much needed...

Linking up with Skywatch Friday :-)

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Hello Mr Butterfly!

On a whim Sunday morning my 17 year old and I decided on a whim to take a Summer outing to our local Te Puna Quarry Park. We left home first thing in the morning because by about 10am here it's sweltering hot.

One thing we noticed is that all of the Swan Plants were in bloom and there were ALOT of butterflies and and caterpillars. Perfect season I guess - mid to late Summer.

We walked up alot of the hills and by the end of the day my legs were killing me, reminder to self: do stretches before trying that again. We were only there for about an hour and a half as it had warmed up considerably - think we're looking forward to some cool temperatures once Autumn gets here in March - bring it on!

Linking up with Our World Tuesday :-)

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Talk like a Kiwi

I came across this video in my Facebook newsfeed this morning and just had to share it. Yes us Kiwis definitely talk like this - well worth watching.

Are there some funny things you say in your country that the rest of the world could learn?

Saturday, January 13, 2018

That's what I call Mussels!

I just love these guys! I'm a bit of a seafood nut and these Mussels grow everywhere on rocks around NZ beaches. I don't think picking shellfish fresh off the rocks, unfortunately you can get sick if you're not careful so I prefer to buy them from the Supermarket where they've been grown in farms. Sad but that's reality.

What kind of seafood grows where you live?

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Yoga on the beach

Now that the rain has gone we are back to our normal scheduled Summer. I've been trying to lose weight for the last 6 weeks so every day I've been jogging and walking for about 30 minutes each time. So far I've lost 5kg so I'm feeling pretty good about it all - 10 kg to go.

Linking up with Skywatch Friday :-)

Monday, January 8, 2018

Misty winter ducks

Last Autumn I visited local McLaren Falls Park around 7.30am to try and photograph some Autumn colours.

In Cherry Bay I parked my car and walked down to the lake through the icy cold shadows breathing icy cold air and stopped at the edge of the water where alot of ducks were, some were resting and others were starting to come to life as the sun started to warm where I was standing.

I think what impressed me the most was the fog that was slowly rising from the water into the air. Due to living up north for 20 years I'd never seen this before as over winter for us it was mostly rainy and damp. Hopefully next Autumn I'll be back there again.

Saturday, January 6, 2018

After the big storm...

Seems strange to have major storms halfway through Summer doesn't it? We've spent the last 2 days with torrential rain and wind. Some areas around NZ were flooded but we were pretty fortunate here. 

2 days ago my oldest son travelled down with a friend and visited us, I don't see him nearly enough so it was lovely while he was here. We took them both out yesterday for a drive and stopped at Mount Maunganui beach - my phone camera was very shaky due to the howling wind and there were other people having a look at the waves included a kite surfer who gave up after being pushed around for a while.

This morning they went back up north again so I took the opportunity to record again how much calmer the weather was. According to news stories various birds such as penguins have been washed up in the king tide so hopefully they will be able to make their way out to sea again.


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