Wednesday, 31 December 2014

What I see in the early hours of the morning....

Most mornings around 6am I'm out and about doing my daily walk with my dog Tia, since it's Summer here right now there are lots of out of towners on holiday up here. This caravan, above has been decorated with lights and a tree that was flashing on and off...

The sunrise was so orange - there is rain forecast for later on today which willll be near year's eve so it may damper things a bit for some people, maybe we will have a quiet night.

This section, further down the road has two tents on it, there is a cottage further to the left. I'm assuming the owners have had friends or relatives come up to camp and visit them.

Tuesday, 30 December 2014

Our world Tuesday - summer at the surf beach

So I know alot of you in the Northern Hemisphere are going through winter right now, for us we have opposite seasons so it's very hot, very sunny and so far a lovely summer - check out these photos I took yesterday:

Me with my youngest son and his friend sitting on the sand. Just as well we had our jandals on, the sand was boiling hot.

Pohutukawa trees line almost everywhere at this time of year - they are NZ's Christmas tree and the bright vibrant red flowers stand out so well.

One of the volunteer lifeguards here taking the boat out for a spin over the waves. These guys do a fab job that they really should be paid for the work the do.

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Saturday, 27 December 2014

Weekend Reflections - Christmas work lunch at Mahurangi Winery

Last weekend we had our annual Christmas work lunch at Mahurangi Winery - a lovely place with beautiful scenery as you can see above.

New Zealand's Christmas tree - the Pohutukawa - these are flowering everywhere at this time of year, so nice to see the vibrant red flowers.

Orange lillies - the winery had the most amazing colourful flowers throughout their gardens around the property.

And here's my work colleagues - think at this point we had just finished dessert. The food was lovely, atmosphere amazing. Here's to 2015 everyone!

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Thursday, 25 December 2014

Merry Christmas!

What a great morning it's been so far here in Northland, NZ. We've done brunch with the family, now time to kick back and relax. Hope you're all staying safe. have a good one :-)

Tuesday, 23 December 2014

Our world Tuesday - Lights are up at my place!

Putting lights up on houses at Christmas time isn't a huge thing here in NZ, some people get into it some dont. These however I bought last year and we put them up a few weeks ago. We think they look very festive when they are on at night.

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Sunday, 21 December 2014

Colour at the Mangawhai markets

Im amongst the rainy days I've managed to get out to Mangawhai village with my camera. The above was one of many bunches of flowers a florist was selling at the markets.

And these very pretty pink Dianthus seen on the edge of someone's garden.

Enjoy your weekend :-)

Saturday, 20 December 2014

Weekend reflections - of Mangawhai estuary and Mangawhai surf beach

Since here in NZ we are in the Southern Hemisphere our seasons are opposite from those in the North. While some of you out there are enjoying snow, winter and cold we are in the beginnings of Summer, well we are meant to be. So here are two photos of what it's like here for us at this time of year:

Morning sunrise of Mangawhai estuary - taken by me on the way to work one morning.

And this one from Mangawhai surf beach on a warm morning while I was going for my daily walk - sunny and refreshing..

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Friday, 19 December 2014

Skywatch Friday - Stormy skies over Mangawhai

This is a photo I shared a week ago on my facebook page, stormy skies over Mangawhai - the next day we had flooding over the area and various roads were closed. There's more forecast for this weekend...

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Thursday, 18 December 2014

Hydrangeas - a must for Summer in New Zealand

As those of you in the Northern Hemisphere are going through winter at the moment us kiwis in the Southern Hemisphere are attempting to get into Summer.  On Saturday after completing a library trip by returning 8 books the teens had taken out, renewed one of mine and wandered around taking photos. This one above is a blue Hydrangea lining a fence outside an old rustic shed.

These lovely miniature pink ones were for sale in small plant pots at one of the stalls outside the Mangawhai village markets.

You can't have summer without Hydreangeas I think - one of my favourite flowers!

Monday, 15 December 2014

Loads of summer colour...then loads of flooding!

These lovely flower photos are ones I took on Saturday morning, which was a very overcast day. With no teenagers at home I spent some time at the local markets and walking around Mangawhai taking pics of some of the summer colour. Hydreangeas above are one of my most favourite flowers.

Bougainvillea climbing a fence along the road from me, loving the vibrant red flowers against the bland wooden fence.

Pink carpet roses poking their heads through a fence near the beach - these grow prolifically around here surprisingly enough.

And THIS is how we spent our Sunday. Mass flooding around most of the Kaipara region, some major wind and various roads closed. Ok the rain is great as it fills up our water tanks but some of the properties and sections in my road (above) were quite low in the valley and I'm glad we're up on the high side of the road.

Would love to hear how your weekend went...?

Saturday, 13 December 2014

Rain rain rain - where is Summer?

So we're not asking where is Summer? When the Pohutukawa flowers bloom here it's a kiwi belief that it means we are in for a good hot season. These above, around the corner from my house came out late November but since then we've had rain on and off and only a fine days - not that I"m complaining. I know sooner or later the hot sunny days will come but for now the water is filling up my tank and helping the farmers.

Friday, 12 December 2014

Skywatch Friday - Full moon over Mangawhai

So nice going for long walks at night with my dog Tia, last week there was a full moon over our town and unfortunately I didn't have my good camera with me, only my cellphone. Still I managed to capture these shots, the first one in the sky as I was coming up the hill and the second one was the view from someone's driveway at the bottom of the road. Gotta love summer!

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Monday, 8 December 2014

Why Christmas in New Zealand is special!

Christmas means summer and what better than to see some of the amazing skies and sunsets we get here.

Lighs go up on houses - these ones are hanging on the deck at home outside our lounge so we can see them through the window.

New Zealand's Christmas tree - the Pohutukawa with its vibrant red flowers. We've had a very drizzly day here today and I spied this one covered in raindrops.

what's so special about your part of the world?

Friday, 5 December 2014

Living in the country - farm machinery, old and new

On the way to and from work I pass through some amazing scenery - some coastal, some rural. Because it's summer here down under at the moment the land is quite dry although we've also had some rain on and off - perfect for farmers. Lots of grass cutting at the moment and wrapping it all up in these balls which will come in handy over winter.

And this lovely rusty semi-new tractor I spotted this afternoon. I could help but stop and take some photos of it just sitting there and this one looks like it's been well used but it also looks like it has more life left in it.

Would love to hear what's happening in your part of the world right now...

Wednesday, 3 December 2014

The colours of summer!

These Hollyhocks (I think, someone correct me if I'm wrong) outside the Mangawhai Library on Saturday. Each week we return our books and take out new ones - such is life being in a family of bookworms. There are about 3 of these plants all in big clumps outside the entrance.

And this stunning sight! Carpet roses lining the Mangawhai estuary on the way home tonight from work. Such a pretty picture of pink. Now that its finally warming up here at last we are hanging out for time at the beach.

Whats happening in your part of the world?

Time for a trim

Last week we had the tree guy here trimming our palm trees. We have 5 around our property and sometimes the leaves go brown and look really ...