Last weekend the weather was beautiful and so we decided to have a quick afternoon stroll in the Autumnal sun.
Our short stroll turned into a 7km hike but it was worth it. The world seemed to turn into blazing blues and greens in the low level sunlight.
We decided to explore out the back of Plimmerton towards Pukerua Bay via a road known as The Track.
I would recommend this route to everyone. You get amazing views of the coast on one side and the rolling hills on the other.
You also get to meet the friendly locals!
Unfortunately the SH1 does cut through the view to the east but it does add to the drama of the scenery. I was rather glad I managed to capture the train in this photo as well.
Us taking in the view.
Saturday, May 11, 2013
Its Mothers Day here in NZ. Its a good day to be a Mum. I have been thoroughly spoilt. Breakfast in bed and dinner out last night. It is also a gloriously sunny morning and sitting in bed eating my pancakes I thought it would be a good morning to take some photos.
It the kind of bright sunny morning that Wellington seems to be extremely good at. Unlike in the UK where you get days of grey wet cold and miserable weather, that seem to last interminably in winter. New Zealand will very rarely have more than one grey day at a time. Yesterday was cold wet and windy and today has awoken bright sunny and cheery.
My girls are busy tidying their rooms and my other half has given then instructions not to ask Mummy to do anything today as its my "special day". I think he is really raising the bar here, in preparation for Fathers Day. I have a while to prepare so I should be okay!
I decided to take advantage of some quiet time and took some photos of our beautiful new house in the sun.
I have lived in around fourteen or fifteen different houses in my lifetime and this house is my favourite. It is not the biggest or by any means in the best repair, but it is the cosiest, and the one that feels most like home.
My favourite room. I think it's all the light that streams in and all the wood which gives it the feeling of warmth.
My favourite spot in my favourite room. I can sit here and look out at the birds in the trees and have a good nose at anyone that happens to walk by.
For years and years we have wanted a wood burning stove and we have finally managed it. Central heating in NZ is very unusual. Unless you are a British expat and have it installed yourself. Most people over here seem to have heat pumps, little stand alone heaters or wood burners. We have a heat pump in this house but I don't like it. It's great if you are sitting directly underneath it, but otherwise fairly useless.
The wood burner can heat the whole house and the flames make you feel all warm and cosy just through visual effect alone. It is also smelly and dirty and will fill your house with smoke and dust (at least if you are as useless as lighting it as me!) but the whole rigmarole is worth it in the end once it is alight and glowing happily in your warm and cosy living room.
This is apparently my two girls tidying their rooms. I guess the floor is relatively clear so that's one achievement.
My eldest in her tidy-ish red room.
I like the way the kids bedrooms can easily extend onto the deck when the weather is good.
And when the winter sunshine penetrates the canopy the garden just looks magical.
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Our rabbit is called Harry. Harry is extremely good at escaping. However once he has escaped, and made us also panic and search frantically for him, he always looks very relieved to be found once again. He generally hops up to us very obligingly (after giving us a very nerve wracking few minutes) and sits at my feet waiting to be picked up and cuddled.
I think he likes the idea of freedom but the reality is just a bit too scary and the world just a bit too big and untamed for him. There are also a number of large cats in the vicinity of our new house. And whilst they tend to run away from Harry when he hops up to them from behind wire, I think if he met them without any fence to protect him he may not come out the winner from any confrontation.
We also have a Guinea pig called Errol. He is not brave or adventurous and does not like being picked up cuddled or fussed with in anyway. He likes to sit under his arched wooden shelter and eat and poo. That appears to be his ideal pass time. I am sure there are many humans who would also aspire to this way of life.
Anyway, now we have our own home, we felt it was time to build the Guinea and the Rabbit a permanent run in our back garden.
My other half and I are not in anyway qualified to use power tools or construct anything ourselves. We have struggled putting together Ikea furniture in the past, so building a run was a challenge. However I think we rose to the challenge quite adequately. Although the final result is not necessarily aesthetically pleasing, it does the job!