Sunday, 31 May 2015

Queens Birthday Roadie

A quick trip to the slightly warmer climes of Marlborough, ostensibly to look at houses and sections...but the scenery gets me every time. I love the drive up and down this coast.











Wish we had stopped to get a pic of the H-U-G-E elephant seal which has taken up residence on the side of State Highway 1 though. 
F-O-U-R metres long !! Amazing sight, just a bit hard to stop safely.

So Autumn didn't stick around much

WINTER IS HERE


Well it feels like it anyway. The last of the leaves are clinging to the branches, and the temperatures have dropped significantly. Getting out of bed in the mornings is getting harder.

There have been amazing sunrises and sunsets all over the country, frosty mornings, threats of snow, some glorious days and plenty of crisp clear nights. 



 sunrise 21 May

 clear nights


 bare trees, some already laden with the promise of spring


Camellias beginning to burst into flower to brighten the wintery days

and these I almost forgot I had planted !

Friday, 15 May 2015

Autumn is HERE

Well gee, its been ages since I was here.

Things have happened - like my laptop decided one night that it was not going to start, and that once restored/repaired it became evident the hard drive was heading closer and closer to the point of no return. So ! New laptop it had to be.

Its been a couple of weeks now and I have almost everything back up and running as it should. Still trying to work out how to get email messages out of old email programs which don't like outlook, and wont share.

I have a new role at work with a longer contract to add a bit of security to my life.

We went for a drive to Hanmer Springs one afternoon and will have to go back and spend more time there and do more than just buy fudge and have coffee. 





The weather has turned !! We went on a roadie at ANZAC weekend and found a-m-a-z-i-n-g autumn splendour on the Lewis Pass, and in Tasman and Marlborough.







The feijoa trees are growing fruit like there is no tomorrow. There has been baking; upside down feijoa cake, feijoa muffins, pancakes. There are figs too but we have no ladder and the birds have been feasting instead of us.

Autumn is in our garden too - its getting hard to keep up with the leaves.







And its been Mothers' Day - and I was spoilt; smellies, a book, a necklace handmade in our favourite part of England, and yummy dinner.


What will the next few weeks bring ? Stay tuned.

Wednesday, 1 April 2015

So, I'm not part of the Pack

Well, it has been a while since I was here. I've been patiently biding my time. Going to work, brunching at weekends, frequenting markets, taking part in the CitytoSurf, (getting serious blood blisters and bruised toes), going to meetings, joining the library, doing family research - and waiting for the RWC2015 people to get back to me about whether I made the final cut to be a volunteer later this year.

They said we'd know by the end of March, since I hadn't heard anything by the time I went to bed last night, this morning I took off the wristband I have been wearing since my "try-out".



Tonight, I had an email. 

Nope, no job for me - but there is still a chance as circumstances change and some people may pull out. We'll see. 

Maybe now I can focus a bit more on life.

Easter is nearly here, and while for some people that means a long weekend (and chocolate) or the start of the school holidays, for others work is the only option. For us - one of us is working and the other is long weekending. But we have some plans for those bits of our lives which crossover like a venn diagram and offer the opportunity to do something different for a brief time.

In the other bits of time I guess there is gardening and cleaning to be done, if the weather permits.

I've been doing quite a bit of research recently about part of the family who lived in Christchurch and exploring different places. I might have to do a special tree post, so I record everything I have discovered - in case I lose all the bits of paper.

But, I think there might even be some other things to share about experiences and observances over the weekend.

Enjoy the weekend, don't eat too much chocolate or too many hot cross buns; that's not really what it's all about.

Sunday, 22 February 2015

Christchurch, remembering, honouring and growing

Where once there were homes and communities, now there are wide open spaces, roads to nowhere and stark reminders of what once was there.






As if by magic, overnight road cones were festooned with flowers as has become part of the ritual, remembering the events of February 22, 2011; the lives lost and the lives changed.





There are many visual reminders of the gravity of that moment at 12.51pm as the city is still in recovery mode.




There are places to go to, to reflect and remember, and to begin to heal








And always on the skyline, cranes; rebuilding, helping to give the city hope and strengthen it's heart and future. Supported by it's people and those who have come from all over the country, and the world to help and make a difference for the future.

Who knows, in time the architectural changes and style may come to be as iconic for the Christchurch of the future, as the Art Deco style has come to be today for Napier.