I went to my Art Class after work today, I had to make a detour on the way home.  I had the camera with me, so  I had a drive around the Esplanade at St Clair Beach, just for a look.  It is not far from where I live.

As I got out of the car to take photos of the rough waves crashing on the beach I felt the coldness in the air.  I guess it is winter after all and it was almost 5pm.  

The clouds were moving fast, with lots of greys and colours lurking about.  It started raining as I went up the steep hill to home.   I then spotted a rainbow, so drove down an adjacent  street at the top of the hill near where I live, it is not far from Tunnel Beach.

I tried to find the pot of gold at the end of it… no such luck, but I did find some brilliant cabbage trees near the lookout overlooking the Pacific Ocean.  To the right is Tunnel Beach in the distance.

I spotted the rainbow again through the cabbage tree and street lamp.  I also took a photo of a neighbouring gate, made of iron/metal.  It is a great job done by this artist, it looked exactly like  the flax leaves in the garden nearby.  

I then made my way home, taking a picture of Cargill’s Castle for you, or should I say the ruins of it, then a shot overlooking St Clair beach below.  

The rain came  again as I stopped near my house to take more photos of the sky with the large pine trees peeping up into it.

I hope it is not windy tomorrow as I am competing in another cross country walking race out of town.  This one is held by Athletics Otago.  My friend Tom is also competing, we are going up together in his car.  Should be a busy but good day :)
















I think this is a good quote.  

Another cold night is here with us in Dunedin, we have the warm, cosy wood fire roaring in the lounge.  It is chilly on my paws in our office though.

One of our cats, Colina likes sitting on my knee when I have a few moments at the computer.  I never complain as she keeps my legs warm.  

My car failed a warrant of fitness today, I picked it up after work, drat, they have to order the parts from out of town, another $320, it is hard to get back on your feet financially when you are lumbered with bills.  

Speaking of big bills, after paying the Dentist, my teeth and gums are improving/healing.  :)  I can’t wait to get them relined in 3 months time though, as they are already moving about and falling down.—-not a pretty look.  If I sneeze I will make sure I have my mouth closed..just incase they coming flying out of my gob.   :P

One more day of busy work tomorrow, it is Friday, (Paraire – in the Maori Language)

Everyone loves Fridays  

A special hello to Gina, Brenda, Beata and Jen   xxx





Morena  (this means - good morning) to you all.

Every year since 1975 New Zealand has marked Māori Language Week.   This is a time for all New Zealanders to celebrate te reo Māori (the Māori language) and to use more Māori phrases in everyday life.  

This year Māori Language Week is from 21-27 July, the theme is ‘Te Kupu o te Wiki’, ‘The Word of the Week’.

 This is part of the  theme of Māori Language Week,  ‘Arohatia te Reo – cherish the language’. 

I just love our Maori Heritage and speaking the language or learning to speak = it has to be a wonderful thing to do.  :)

Noho ora mai ra, na (this means - Look after yourself from)


I love the Maori Tiki

I love the Maori Tiki



It’s Monday and the start of another working week, it is raining ‘cats and dogs’ this morning, although I can’t see it as it is pitch dark outside.

Da -Dah….here it is, a photo of my supper/dessert I gave the family last night:  Homemade Coconut Ice cream and tropical fruit salad.

  I think I may have put a little too much coconut in it, otherwise it was very tasty.  I will do it again, and maybe add some rum essence and raisins next time.   :)

Geez, I ate far tooooooooooooooooo much chocolate last night…and in bed while I was reading….and after I ate the ice cream. :P

Have a nice day :)





I have to admit, I DO have a compulsive personality when it comes to collecting things.  I get on a roll and get so excited when I pick up another item to add to my stash.

Do you think the crystal bud vases are getting a little out of hand?  I don’t :)   I want to keep getting a buzz out of finding another one ,..maybe just until I cover the whole window sill in our sunny spare bedroom.  They look so pretty in the light with the sun shining through.


I also collect Crown Lynn vases, coloured art glass, bubble bud vases in every array of colour, crosses, hearts, depression glass, vintage purses. …and more.   You can never have enough of one thing :)

This morning I casually did a little bit of gardening, before the forecast rain comes.  I finished pruning some roses which were well overdue.  Then attacked the clematis, I gave it a ‘short back and sides’.  Actually I have almost given it a ‘Kojak’ , …I got a little carried away. 

Have a look at the photo of my broad beans that have poked their tender heads through the soil.   I have never grown them before and use to hate them as a kid, until my friend Tom gave me a few of his to try.  They are actually quite nice although Colin and the young lass didn’t like them.  It is quite exciting growing vegetables and fruit. :)

Beans and weeds

Beans and weeds

I have also just finished making some ice cream :) yum, I don’t eat a lot of ice cream and the brought stuff often has gluten in it so I can’t have it anyway.  I do like it though and saw recently on  the cooking show ‘Come Dine with Me’ someone making some Coconut Ice Cream by hand = no ice cream maker/machine.  It was super easy, and I love coconut.   That is another thing I never eat – cream.   This icecream is simple, with cream whipped up, then fold in custard and coconut and a few tablespoons of condensed milk.  I guessed all of the quantities. : P

So I am hoping it may be set/frozen for supper tonight :) 



Into the freezer

Into the freezer

Today is a cruisy day as yesterday was so busy, in the afternoon I had a great walk with my Harriers club down the Peninsular then I went out last night with a lady that invited me that I had never met before.  I work with her Husband, John.   It was a ‘ladies night out’ or in…at her Church..  It was an enjoyable night.   The theme was overcoming hard things in your life and getting through them.  We even had a go at hitting a pinata and also learning a few boxing moves :P




I even have 3 coloured bud vases now, they are harder to find though.

I even have 3 coloured bud vases now, they are harder to find though.


Being a ‘Ladies night out’ was very appropriate as my new acquaintance/friend’s name is  ‘Shelia’  :)   A lovely lady, and of a similar age to myself. 

A photo below is on my latest BIG hanky box, it just needs the cotton ends sewn in.  I have made this one with old fashioned pictures ..I am happy with it so far, I like the orange crochet cotton. 

I will finish this post with a big HI and LOVE to my niece Gina and her fiance Johnny up north xxx



Inside the box

Inside the box

Two pretty tops blowing in the breeze on my clothes line.




While I was getting the washing in after work Deefa, our Border Collie wouldn’t stop being a nosy parker.  He was wanting to have company and for me to throw the ball to him.  It must have been a boring old day for him today while we were at work. 

I ran inside to get my camera when he spotted one of our young sheep in the paddock.  He was so excited to see it, with his tail wagging and  letting our little whimpers. … I am not sure the lamb really had much time for him. Maybe he thought Deefa wanted a lamb chop to eat? 

 All the same, a nice photo from behind Deefa and a cute lamb. 

I had my staff appraisal/review today.  It wasn’t too bad.   I just spoke the truth about frustrations and gave my feedback on the good things about my job and where I work.  I will now leave it all in their hands :)

Time for the weekend, yippee. 




Bloody heck, I never realised there was so many weeds in my garden!    After doing the housework, I have made the most of a sunny day in Dunedin after I finished work. I have picked up a load of Pig Poo for my compost  out of my paddock – with my pink rubber gloves on.

I then attacked a few of the weeds and prickles.  I thought winter time was a time when the flowers, plants and weeds go to sleep… the weeds are still rearing their ugly wee heads.  

Now there are a few sulking in my wheely bin…good riddance.  :)  It was lovely having the sun’s heat on my back, even if only for an hour.  

I have my Staff Appraisal/review tomorrow morning at work, I am not looking forward to it.  We have them twice a year, management talk and make up talk about – what you think you are doing well, what you don’t like, what you would like to happen, ie training etc,  what you need improvement on.   I hate it, I am not going to sit there and blow my own trumpet about being a hard worker.  Well, I like to try to be a hard worker.


bigstock-Work-Life-Balance-32370308-300x203 I will just sit there and listen to the same old stuff. My suggestions in the past never get acted on or listened to really.  Ho hum…I guess most of the working people out there that have them at their workplace don’t enjoy going to them either.


It will be the end of the day before I know it tomorrow, so I won’t worry about it.  :)   Have a good night :)











This is one of my indoor plants, it is growing from the floor to the second storey.  I was trying to get a photo of Turbo.

This is one of my indoor plants, it is growing from the floor to the second storey. I was trying to get a photo of Turbo, look hard and you will see him hiding amongst our bold wallpaper.


I love this one

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