Monday, 1 June 2020

Ginger Cafe Mural


A few years back when I use to travel to Warkworth quite a bit I took this shot of a mural on the side of the Ginger Cafe, so far my efforts to find out who the artist was has proven fruitless but to me it looks like dancing coffee cups on the left in amongst clouds. I am a coffee drinker myself and I can rate their mochas very very good. I don't think they are business anymore as I can't find any trace of them online which is a pity.


I hope you're staying safe wherever you are. With today being the 1st day of Winter much of Northland has had heavy rain warnings, over the last few days we've had heavy pelting rain and last night was blowing a gale. We have had my parents up over the long weekend staying in their camper in our driveway, they are due to go back today but this morning we were up at "The Rusty Tractor Cafe", one of our favourite spots enjoying "eggs benedict". Time to hibernate I think.

Linking up with Mural Monday and Our World Tuesday.

Saturday, 30 May 2020

The grand Mangonui Hotel



This grand old lady is one we've driven past a few times now. The Mangonui Hotel is in the heart of town and was first built in 1905 by John Bray. It's the 4th hotel in the area - the first was built in in Mill Bay in 1842 named the "Donnybrook" but burned down in 1873.  

The Old Oak which I've previously written about was also a licenced hotel but is now used for boutique accommodation was built in 1861 and apparently a popular place for the crews of ships calling in at the port. 


Mangonui is one of those places where fishing is an important local industry with snapper, kingfish and crayfish being caught.  The local Mangonui fish and chip shop has been well known over the years to cook the best takeaways in the country, we haven't eaten there yet but we probably will once we go out for road trips.

Have a good weekend. Kia kaha

Thursday, 28 May 2020

Winter is the time


Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a walk beside the fire; it is the time for home - Edith Stilwell.

End of week summary:

  • The trees have nearly lost their leaves. These ones (above) stood tall and bare against the overcast sky as they create a barrier between a Kiwifruit orchard and the main road.
  • I've been watching alot of old movies this week...a mixture of Robert Mitchum, Betty Grable, Danny Kaye, Bette Davis and Ginger Rogers.  I prefer old ones rather than modern ones.
  • The socks and warm jerseys have come out of the storage cupboards. We are now in late Autumn/early Winter - although it's so mild up here a coat is rarely needed.

Hope you're staying safe where you are. Kia kaha. Linking up with Skywatch Friday.

Wednesday, 27 May 2020

Cute Kitten critters



On Monday my youngest had a dentist appointment back in our old town Mangawhai and since one of the cat rescue organizations there had kittens up here in Kerikeri who needed to be transported there he offered to take them.


When they arrived here we just had to open their carrier and let them out for a play - aren't they cute? 


Sadly we can't have anymore pets otherwise we would've kept the black one which was our favourite.


Monday, 25 May 2020

Saving for the future


Welcome to another week.  So many things are going well for us, it seems like once we moved back up to Kerikeri it was like everything came together again - it just feels right.  It seems I have gotten back into my plant addiction, it's so hard at work seeing different  sculptures, pots and plants because I just want to buy them all but we have to save for our tour around the South Island of NZ next year so I guess that's where my money will be going.

When we lived in Mangawhai last year I took this shot of  a mural on the wall outside one of the hairdressing salons - it shows a lady from what looks like the flapper era of the 1920s with a cat. I think it looks quite apt for the shop don't you think?

Stay safe. Kia kaha. Linking up with Mural Monday and Our World Tuesday.

Sunday, 24 May 2020

A wet weekend



I love these guys, big concrete heads that looks so human - they remind me of the statues on Easter island. I like sculptures, I like artistic creations that stand out. This one is at my work on display in amongst different types of grasses and I've been eying it up all week but it's a pity we have such a small garden at home.

We are in for a wet week ahead, rain warnings for today and tomorrow not that I'm complaining as so many parts of the country are still in drought mode - Auckland is facing major water restrictions and they are down to about 40% water.

It's time to take out the warm winter jerseys, socks and blankets here - we are beginning to get into hibernation mode.

Stay safe. Kia kaha

Thursday, 21 May 2020

Time of the season



There have been some nice highlights for this week:
  • One morning I left the house for a walk and saw these super Autumn colours in our street.
  • My daughter and I visited my work, bought some plants plus potting mix then came home and repotted all the plants we currently have on our deck then planted the news ones.  One of them was a catnip plant which made her cat even more potty than she already is.
  • We have had no new coronavirus cases here for the last 4 days in a row.
  • One tv show we have being screened at the moment here is "The Repair Shop" so I have been binge watching that. It's interesting to see how things are taken apart and then put back together again. Have you seen it?

 Linking up with Skywatch Friday.

Tuesday, 19 May 2020

The 2 Waipu monuments



Located in Waipu township are these 2 monuments next to the main road.  In 1913 a committee set up to oversee the future Waipu Diamond Jubilee celebrations for the original settlers and their descendants decided to pay for a memorial to commemorate the landing of the settlers who came there from Nova Scotia in 1854.  The preacher Norman McLeod led his followers from Scotland to Nova Scotia in 1817, then after encounting hardship they left for Australia then NZ. The monument on the left lists their names and dates and has a lion sitting at the top. (More information from the Northland History blog).

The one on the right is for those who fought in the First World War from 1914 to 1919, the Second World War from 1939 to 1945 and was erected on VE day 9 May 1995, the 50th anniversary of the end of World War 2 in Europe.

Monday, 18 May 2020

Time for music


Monday Murals here again - on my daily walks I've seen this artwork on the inside windows of a local music shop. The Sound Lounge sells musical instruments, cds and also does repairs but I think at the moment they are closed due to Covid 19

In other news I started my new job 3 days ago and it's going well. I've always enjoyed gardening so it's quite satisfying.

Yesterday I repotted 10 large Feijoa trees in about an hour and the good thing is that they probably have a couple more days work for me so I'm enjoying it.

My grandparents were keen gardeners as were my parents. My grandad use to have a vege garden along with fruit trees and my dad use to grow roses. Funnily enough I started gardening as a teenager and I've learned alot over the years, now my daughter is starting to get into it too with various cacti in pots on her windowsill.

Hope you're staying safe where you are.