Monday 28 October 2013

A wave of colour around Mangawhai today!

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!

Sunday 27 October 2013

A walk along Tanekaha Trail - Mangawhai Heads

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.

Saturday 26 October 2013

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

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 :-)

Friday 25 October 2013

Ag Day Scarecrows - Mangawhai Beach Primary School

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.

Sunday 20 October 2013

An oldie of the Omaha Coastline with Rangitoto in the distance

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!

Saturday 19 October 2013

Lemon Slice - a close up garnish

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

Friday 18 October 2013

Monday 14 October 2013

Lyall's Cafe - Omaha - A perfect Spring view

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.

Saturday 12 October 2013

Retro renovation at Harvest Cafe - Mangawhai

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!

Sunday 6 October 2013

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

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!

Friday 4 October 2013

Bacon n Egg Burgers in Wellsford

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...

Wednesday 2 October 2013


  Photo taken last time I was in Westport. I do like brightly painted buildings, especially old ones like this. I personally prefer to make ...