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Name that fish!

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Spotted last weekend on Mangawhai surf beach - know what it is? Apparently it's a NZ Leatherjacket.

Atomic Coffee - Sandbar Mangawhai

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Photo taken today - love Atomic Coffee - Sandbar Cafe in Mangawhai Heads makes awesome coffee!

Sausage rolls and sauce!

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Lunch with my youngest today at Sandbar Cafe here in Mangawhai - yum!

A wave of colour around Mangawhai today!

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While out and about today around Mangawhai I decided to snap some photos of the wonderful colour in people gardens. Because Mangawhai is a coastal town the plants/trees etc are especially for sand & difficult conditions. I think they look awesome!

A walk along Tanekaha Trail - Mangawhai Heads

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Today the teens and I got stuck into the outdoors and ventured out to a nearby walking track called The Tanekaha Trek right here in Mangawhai Heads. My brother in law, my sister and I were the ones taking photos. There are two tracks you can take - we took the difficult one which all up was about 80 mins and leads to a large waterfall. There were lots of ups and downs - plenty of exercise to be had. Along the way there were lots of little waterfalls, native trees & plants plus a stream which ran beside the trail. We were all very tired by the end of it but it certainly was a perfect day for it.

Buy the Way shop - Kaiwaka - clothes to drool over!

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My daughter and I drove out to Kaiwaka this morning to check out a few of the shops. One of them was closed strangely enough on this Saturday morning Labour weekend and the other was Buy The Way which sells exquisite clothing - daughter tried on a few dresses that suited her because of her age that she was happy with. Do check it out, it's rather a surprise :-)

Ag Day Scarecrows - Mangawhai Beach Primary School

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I drove past the Mangawhai Beach Primary School yesterday morning and noticed these colourful scarecrows on the school fence. Think the pupils made them for their Ag Day which is coming up.

Te Arai Coastline

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View from the hills of Leigh over Pakiri

The old general store - Big Omaha Wharf

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Spring sunset over the Thelma Road subdivision - Mangawhai heads

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Photo taken tonight from my driveway...

Spring Rhododendrons - such a vibrant pink!

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An oldie of the Omaha Coastline with Rangitoto in the distance

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Found this one on of of my camera's memory cards from last Spring. It's the Omaha coastline. Quite amazing when I look at it cos I can see Rangitoto Island in the background and the Mahurangi Coastline behind it. Love!

Lemon Slice - a close up garnish

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Served with my prawn cocktail yesterday - think there was Cayenne Pepper sprinkled on it - probably gave it a kick.

Prawn Cocktails - My favourite

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Nothing like a prawn cocktail for lunch today - major nom!

Sunny warm Mangawhai estuary this morning

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Down by the Mangawhai Tavern...

Fresh fish & Asparagus at Fresh! Mangawhai

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Evening rainbow over the Mangawhai 4 square tonight

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Lyall's Cafe - Omaha - A perfect Spring view

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A while ago the teens and I ate dinner at Lyall's Cafe in Omaha - they make lovely pub/cafe style food. Fish n chips, hotdogs, burgers, desserts etc made in a lovely atmosphere with a lovely view of Omaha beach.

Retro renovation at Harvest Cafe - Mangawhai

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The teens went for our weekly cafe visit this morning, this time we tried a local place called "harvest cafe" here in Mangawhai Heads. They renovated the place a while back, it's taken us until now to go and check it out. Last time we went was quite some time ago for dinner. They seem to have fixed it up in a retro type of way with ornaments, chairs, tables, signs etc. Coffee and hot chips were just as good and were a welcome treat on this rainy Spring day!

Misty Spring Sunrise this morning - Pink, Orange, Blue

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Dinner at Casa Kenney - Last night - What a treat!

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This is my brother in law Tom. The teens and I plus my parents were invited to his & my sister's house for dinner. What a treat. Matzo ball soup for an entree, Squid & King Prawns with Orzo & steamed Watercress for dinner - yum!

Spring sunset in Mangawhai Heads - view from my back deck

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Bacon n Egg Burgers in Wellsford

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If you want something fattening for lunch welcome to these takeaways in Wellsford where you can buy all sorts of fried food including Bacon n Egg Burgers (as the sign says). Not my type of food thankfully...

Youngsters throwing stones into Mangawhai Estuary

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Youngster's throwing pebbles in the water at Mangawhai Estuary tonight. It's been a cracker Spring day here - very warm.

Point Wells - Tide's out

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Tide's out at Point Wells - Rodney District - Spring.

Sea worms or strange markings on the rocks - Mangawhai Surf Beach

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The teens and I discovered these strange markings on the rocks at Mangawhai Surf Beach. On my photo page on facebook some people thought maybe sea worms or sea slugs made the trails. Anyone got any other ideas?

Bmx tricks on a warm Spring day at Mangawhai Skate park.

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  I spent some of my day yesterday taking part in a photo session with some friends of my oldest son at our local skatepark. The boys wanted me to take some shots of them on their bmx bikes.

Mangawhai Markets - Books Galore for sale!

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My daughter and I drove down to Mangawhai village this morning to have a look at the Saturday markets. One of the stalls was laden with books which were unfortunately a wee bit expensive for us.

Stormy sunrise over the subdivision this morning

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We tend to get some nice coloured skies overhead some mornings. This morning was no different - this one over the subdivision where we live was tinged with orange.

Surf casters at Te Arai Beach

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Snapped this a while back of some fishermen surfcasting at Te Arai Beach here in Mangawhai. Not sure if they caught anything but it sure was a blustery day.

One many colourful holiday homes here in Mangawhai

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This one has been painted a very colourful blue, turquoise and red. You tend to see a few of these around, sort of fits in with the seaside theme...

Green punga ferns leaning towards the sky - Matakana

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Seeing as we have a storm currently over our heads tonight there's no chance of me getting a photo so here's one I took on Sunday. It's the branches of a green punga native tree leaning towards the blue sky.

Periwinkle Invasion - Mangawhai Surf beach

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The teens and I had a refreshing walk along Mangawhai surf beach tonight - typically there were loads of periwinkles plus baby oyster and mussel shells stuck to the rocks.

Colourful mussel shells on the beach after last night's storm

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Daughter and I decided to take a walk along the beach this morning after the massive thunder & lightening storm we had last night. See what washed up this morning. Not alot unfortunately but I do like the colours on the broken piece of this Mussel shell.

Emirates Team NZ - Saturday Racing!

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Talk about nerve wracking! Watching Emirates Team NZ racing this morning while outside it's windy and raining - storm is here - arggghhhhh!

Incense and rainy days

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Quiet day today in my house, it's my day off - cleaning and housework done, incense lit, rain outside - perfect!

Caravans at Mangawhai Heads

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Seems like this place is still popular through winter - caravans occupying sites at Mangawhai Heads camp ground.

Mangawhai Estuary this morning - so quiet and peaceful...

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What a lovely Spring morning we woke up to today. Mangawhai Estuary looked so tranquil and peaceful...

While you were at work...

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I was out on the water fishing - got 9 snapper in the end - made for a very peaceful afternoon. woot!

Blue skies trying to shine through after the storm

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We've had a stormy weekend. Here's the view out my window this morning of the sun trying to come through the clouds - Mangawhai Heads - Spring.