Monday, 6 December 2021

Please scan in

After living here for over 2 years we've only just visited our local farmer's market for the first time. At the entrance we saw this table with a QR code on it for people to scan, all businesses have this now in their windows so if there are any positive cases in our town they can trace it back to where people have been.

We are now in Summer so we've had some very dry days and humid nights. As of this month those who have been vaccinated will need to scan their vaccination passports if they choose to travel or enter into businesses (except essentials like supermarkets). So far for me the process downloading it online was quite easy but there are bound to be many people out there who don't have internet access so they can phone an 0800 number to get theirs posted out to them. Auckland borders will be opening for Summer and people will be driving around on holiday to different areas so those who aren't vaccinated will be in Covid's firing line except for those travelling by plane which you have to scan your passport for. 

Linking up with Our World TuesdayThrough my lensTuesday Treasures, Travel TuesdayMy corner of the world and Wordless Wednesday.

Saturday, 4 December 2021


Since we are now into December I thought I'd share some of the Christmas shop windows I took photos of last year when all of the local businesses took part in a decorating contest. This year they are again doing the same thing. 

 Each window is very different, there's a men's shop, women's lingerie and clothing shop along with specialty shops. I'll be interested to see what everyone does this time around.

Linking up with Weekend Reflections and The Weekend Roundup.

Thursday, 2 December 2021

Maori Rock Carvings

One from when we were in Taupo earlier this year is this Maori Rock Carving which is only accessible via water on a boat. We booked a charter with other tourists and headed out to Ngatoroirangi Mine Bay.

 This is not classed as historical as it was carved in the late 1970s by master carver Matahi Whakataka-Brightwell after he had completed his 10 year training with Maori elders. He then came to his grandmother's land at Lake Taupo to mark the occasion. He decided to carve a likeness of Ngatoroirangi (who was an early explorer to the area over a thousand years ago) and also carved 2 smaller celtic figures on either side (you might just be able to spot them) which depict the south wind.

The main carving is over 10 metres high and took 4 Summers to complete. The artwork is is Matahi's gift to Taupo. He and 4 assistants Te Miringa Hohaia, Steve Myhre, Dave Hegglun, and cousin Jono Randell took no payment other than small change donations from local bar patrons to cover the cost of scaffolding.

Linking up with Skywatch Friday and All Seasons

Monday, 29 November 2021

It's a Skink!

 I don't know if you have ever seen these little guys but we get them alot here in New Zealand. They tend to live in sheltered spots like under the porch/deck.  This is what we call a "Skink", they are a type of little lizard and I'm not 100% sure but I suspect this one is a Northern Grass Skink - they live in coastal areas and love basking in the sun. Unfortunately Mr Cat likes to bring them inside so we regularly have to rescue them from her.

Linking up with Our World TuesdayThrough my lensTuesday TreasuresMy corner of the world and Wordless Wednesday.

Saturday, 27 November 2021


My daughter (R) and I disovered a new op shop in town so we ventured in for a look. I can safely say it was extremely tempting but the prices were a bit high for our budget so we didn't end up buying anything. There were literally loads of vintage items everywhere in corners and on shelves but in amongst the goods I managed to take a selfie next to a neon alien looking light which was casting a violet tinge on the walls.

Linking up with Weekend Reflections and The Weekend Roundup.

Thursday, 25 November 2021

Love is all you need

Out for one of my morning walks I was touched when I saw this couple walking ahead of me holding hands with each other. You don't see enough of that these days.

Linking up with Skywatch Friday, All Seasons and Tom's Signs.

Tuesday, 23 November 2021

Honey Honey

Honey is expensive here in New Zealand and much sought after especially by other countries. On our town's main road there is a honey shop which has a very large 3 storied beehive on one side of the building along with a very iconic kiwi character out the front. 

This is Mr Buzzy Bee. Now just about every kiwi kid has had one of these toys as a toddler, in fact Prince William was given one on a visit with his parents in 1982. The idea is that the bee is pulled along by a string and the wheels make a whizzing sound while the wings turn around and make a clicking noise. The first buzzy bees were made in in about 1940 by Maurice Schlesinger but went out of production after he became unwell with spinal meningitis. Hec Ramsey, a travelling salesman started producing the toy soon after discovering a gap in the market.

I'm interested to know if anyone else grew up with Mr Buzzy Bee.

Linking up with Our World TuesdayThrough my lensTuesday TreasuresMy corner of the world and Wordless Wednesday.

Monday, 22 November 2021

Taniwha Mural

 I found this mural a while back in Kaikohe on the side of one of the older buildings. Painted by someone named Cory R it looks like it was done a few years ago. Apart from the flora, flax and Taniwhas it has been sadly graffitied here and there. I can't find any information about Cory but Taniwhas are knowns as being mythical creatures that lurk in watery dens or caves and were often depicted as dragons or serpents - sounds like an Eel to me.

Linking up with Mural Monday.

Please scan in

After living here for over 2 years we've only just visited our local farmer's market for the first time. At the entrance we saw this...