SUNDAY LUNCH WITH ONE OF MY GROUPS

GLENFALLOCH GARDENS, DUNEDIN

Such a beautiful sunnyday, lovely gardens, renovated restaurant, superb art on display and great company.  Well worth a trip in the car down the Peninsular. We will go back another day when their display of roses are out.

I am off for my Tuesday night walk now, it has cooled off, but I will wrap up warm. :)

In the Glenfalloch Gardens new restaurant

In the Glenfalloch Gardens new restaurant

The old homestead on the grounds

The old homestead on the grounds

An Art display in their garden

An Art display in their garden

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You can tell I look tired from such a late night and busy week=big bags under my eyeballs :)

You can tell I look tired from such a late night and busy week=big bags under my eyeballs :)

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The Glenfalloch Gardens

The Glenfalloch Gardens

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I love their lights

I love their lights

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wire dresses

wire dresses

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wire peacock

wire peacock

pretty vintage dresses floating around in the warm breeze

pretty vintage dresses floating around in the warm breeze

This is neat and would look good in our garden, made with gold painted old  kitchen collanders

This is neat and would look good in our garden, made with gold painted old kitchen colanders

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Our look around the gardens after our lunch and get-to-gether of another group I am involved in

Our look around the gardens after our lunch and get-to-gether of another group I am involved in

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MAD HATTERS TEA PARTY

DRESS UPS FOR OUR HARRIERS CLUB MYSTERY BUS TOUR

Wow, what a busy old weekend.  Colin and I went to the Arts Festival yesterday afternoon in Vogel Street in town, to see some Artists, Performers, renovated Warehouses/Old Historic buildings and entertainment.  I brought some more graffiti art from Waiheke Artist – Tony Rowe. He lives in Dunedin now.   He was selling so much of his work, he remembered us from last time.   I have two more pieces of his work to add to our collection :)   I will share some photos with you after from the Arts Festival Party another day.  

Then we were home to get ready for the last day of our Harriers Athletics Club Mystery Bus Trip.  It is always a surprise where we go and always dress ups, if you wish for the end of the season night out.

My friend and I just about to get on the bus

My friend and I just about to get on the bus

We couldn’t go last year due to Colin being in Hospital and so unwell. Colin didn’t want to dress up, but did wear a hat…his woollen beanie ,…he is a little shit.

At home, just before we left :)

At home, just before we left :)

Last night was fun,great costumes, company, and venue…and to my surprise I won one of the prizes for one of the best costumes = a cake of chocolate :)   Colin helped me make my Mad Hatters Hat during the week, it is made out of cardboard and covered in green plaid fabric.  

It was Huuuuuuuuuuuuuggggggge.  I was trying to be the Johnny Depp version of the Mad Hatter (without the face paint and different hair).  I made hat pins out of large beads and old fashioned knitting needles.  I made a brooch and fob watch and used my old Tap Dancing cane.  Then made a bow for around my neck with vintage fabric and roughly sewed some lace off a tablecloth onto my work blazer.    And lucky I collect old wooden cotton reels, I stringed them together just like Johnny Depp’s.  The only thing I brought was the $10 wig. 

My costume up close

My costume up close

We got home just before midnight, then today we went to another event, a lunch with another group at the beautiful Glenfalloch Gardens.   It has been an expensive weekend.

We also won a spot prize last night, my # 95 being picked out of a hat :P   I had a choice of  more chocolate or a home made carrot cake.  I love chocolate, as you know, but we wanted to  call into the hospital to see a friend today, he is getting more chemo, his cancer has come back.   He was in hospital when Colin was.  ..Therefore I chose the cake for him and his wife.  Colin and I went in with it this morning but he was let out and at home.  He lives near the Glenfalloch Gardens, so we popped it in and saw them both for 10 mins.  He was chuffed and I think surprised to see us but happy.  

After our lunch we had a quick walk around the lovely gardens there, then it was on to the tail end of a VW Club event…learning how to back a trailer.  One of our girls won the competition.

Tomorrow night is my Coeliac Society Meeting night, I will have to think of something to make after work tomorrow to take for supper.   We have a good guest speaker coming – a Doctor who has written a book about Coeliac Disease, she has it herself too, so is very understanding.

A fun but tiring weekend  …yawwwwwwwwwwwwwn :)

My big head

My big head

 

VISITING TIME

WOOD PIGEON  (KERERU IS THE MAORI WORD)

It’s Friday night, after I got home from my Art Class today after work I went outside to get my wheelie bins in from near our letter box.

It had just started to rain, to my surprise I was greeted by a native wood pigeon landing in a shrub beside our Daughter’s car. I got a hell of a fright, I ran inside to get my camera. I haven’t seen wood pigeons up this way before :) We do get lots of birds including Moreporks (Owls) and Tuis but not Pigeons.  

It was so beautiful, with  lovely coloured green feathers, it then flew on to our wrought iron Obelisk outdoor room.  I followed it and snapped away, hiding from the rain.  The next minute his girlfriend fluttered in.  What a treat to see and take pictures of :)

I then took some photos of my colourful daises to show you and our flowering cherry blossom trees lining both sides of our driveway along with one of my favourite trees – the NZ Cabbage Tree.

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NIGHT SKY

COLOURFUL SKY

As the sun was going down tonight after a hot 20 degree Dunedin day, it changed to some weird and wonderful colours.  I grabbed my camera in a hurry, but missed when it was brighter colours.

As I opened the sliding door from our lounge to take the shots, I looked for Deefa, then realised he is not around anymore :(   It has been a week now since he was put to sleep, we miss him dearly.

RIP Deefa up in that beautiful sky xxxx

Photo taken of the sky out side of my lounge door, up towards the neighbour's barn

Photo taken of the sky out side of my lounge door, up towards the neighbour’s barn

A close up of one of our Pine Trees

A close up of one of our Pine Trees

MIDDLE OF THE WEEK

SOME PHOTOS  AND ART I LIKE

Just wanting to share some photos I like and artwork that I think is amazing.  I love the old photographs that have recently been colourized :)

 

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I don't like Boxing as a sport at all, but the photography and colour added later is amazing

I don’t like Boxing as a sport at all, but the photography and colour added later is amazing

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New Zealand Art

New Zealand Art


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Dunedin City

Dunedin City

PRETTY IN PINK

TWO PINK PRETTIES

Another beautiful and sunny Dunedin day.   I am just about to go outside and pick up some piggie poo in one of the paddocks from our pet Kune Kune Pig – Teddy.

I want to save it up for my compost, it will be great to make my plants grow.

I thought I would check the emails first, and have just come across this photo of my favourite,….and only Sister Brenda, ‘Buggalugs’.

 It was a Fundraiser selling strawberries in town to raise money for her workplace – the Hospice. The photo was put in the Dunedin newspaper

It was taken a few years ago now….doesn’t she look just like Barbra Streisand.

Barbra Streisand

Barbra Streisand

 Hi Lugs, love you xxxxoooo

My Sister, Brenda on the right and work collegue

My Sister, Brenda on the right and work collegue

HARRIERS END OF THE SEASON PRIZEGIVING

CUP & CERTIFICATE

Yesterday was the last club walk and run for my Harriers Club for the season.  I wish it wasn’t officially finished, although we still meet fortnightly for summer walks.

I was shocked to not only win a certificate with lots of achievements for the year at the prizegiving, but I also won the main Walkers cup.  :)  My points added up to the same as a new club member, a younger lovely girl.   We were 1st equal.  

We were both surprised,  I wanted to take it home with my certificate but I know I did the right thing – I let her take it home for the first 6 months :)

She took a photo of it and emailed it to me.  I did win it three years ago , that time was 1st equal too, I was in hospital  at the time getting my large bowel taken out, so I got it for the 2nd half of the year also.   I can’t remember it being so big.

I did put in my best effort at the club this season, but am still surprised and very happy = Lucky me.

Early this morning Colin and I put the rings on our lambs tails, and also did the boys balls, ha ha…I did them this time :P, they were so soft to touch, I was giggling when we were doing them.   We also clipped their nails, drenched them and crotched them..  A good job done.  This afternoon I mowed the lawns.  Time to sit on my weary bum now :)

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Our cup :)

Our cup :)

 

 

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