Sunday, 28 February 2016

Lake Taupo, playground of New Zealand

In the middle of the North Island of New Zealand is
Lake Taupo
our largest lake of 238sq miles.
With miles of beach front it is a great holiday destination
in Summer.

These photos were taken in November
and I wrote this post back then but forgot about it!
Most photos were taken in the late afternoon
so I apologise as they are a little dark
(adds to the atmosphere - that's my story)!

Lake Taupo attracts many fly fishermen and women
both local and from overseas.
The lake is stocked with trout, both rainbow and brown.

These photos are of Huka Lodge a luxury lodge
where those looking for a special experience will stay.
It has beautiful rooms most of which look out on to
the Waikato river.
 The restaurant offers fine dining
and the current executive chef has worked in
one, two and three Michelin star restaurants! 

There have been a plethora of famous guests
but none more so than:

Image courtesy of Google

HM Queen Elizabeth; The Queen Mother.
Did you know she was a keen and
accomplished at fly fishing!

Lake Taupo is a great location for a bach
(that's what Kiwi's call a holiday home)!
It's all about life on the water, fishing and having
fun with the children/grandchildren!
What more could one want out of life?

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Three majestic mountains stand guard at the
southern end of the lake.
Mount Ruapehu has two world class ski grounds.

Taupo has much to offer
as an adventure playground for the young action seekers
 and also
a special environment for young families and
older almost retirees like myself!

It's Sunday so I'm joining Karen for Sunlit Sunday
Judith for Mosaic Monday
Bernideen for BTTCG
Stephanie for Roses of Inspiration.
Thank you ladies for hosting!

Thank you for visiting
reading my posts and leaving your lovely comments!

Take care and
be kind to one another

à bientôt


Friday, 26 February 2016

Five on Friday

Our weekend breakfast often consists of
bacon and egg on toast
followed by a couple of cups of coffee
and enjoying eating at a leisurely pace!

I subscribe to this magazine and it
arrived in my mailbox during the week.
I love a good magazine
and there's lots to inspire in this issue.

A patio rose in my garden called
The Fairy
she's not a good picker but lovely in the garden.

This little antique french porcelain box
was given to me by my embroidery friends
for a special birthday.
It's only 2 inches (2.5 centimeters)
just to give you an idea of size.
It's one of my very favourite things!

Can you see the little bird
sitting expectantly on her nest?
As you know we are moving into Autumn
on my side of the world,
therefore she seems to have her seasons mixed up!

I'm joining Amy for Five on Friday

Thank you all for your visits and
wishing everyone a happy weekend.

Take care and
be kind to one another

à bientôt


Thursday, 25 February 2016

Chateau farm fences

In the wheat cropping areas of France
many farms don't have boundary fences
as there are no animals to contain.

After driving for miles with no fences
I was excited to see this hedge
along the roadside boundary of
the Chateau farm.

The Chateau was hidden until we came
to a clearing and 
all of a sudden there it was....
a pretty chateau
complete with simple farm fences!

I'm joining Tex for Good Fences

Thank you for your comments
take care and
be kind to one another

à bientôt


Wednesday, 24 February 2016

Obaibi Red Gumboots

Aren't these the cutest red gumboots ever?

I took this photo in the
Obaibi store in France while shopping with my
daughter last year!

I'm joining the team at Ruby Tuesday Too

Thank you all for popping and leaving your comments!

Take care and
be kind to one another

à bientôt


Monday, 22 February 2016

All at Sea

This is Bean Rock lighthouse 
which has been guiding ships
into Auckland harbour since 1871!
It sits on top of a crop of rocks visible at low tide.

My husband sorting rigging on board 
on a magnificent summer's day
in the Bay of Islands.

Johnathan Livingston Seagull and friends.

I'm joining Sally for Blue Monday

Thank you for visiting and have a happy week
only eight more days and it will be March!

Take care and
be kind to one another

à bientôt


Saturday, 20 February 2016

A Sunny day in Noyers-sur-Surein, France

It was a beautiful mid summer's day
when we visited the charming village of

This village is a commune of artisans
living out their dream in this beautiful
medieval village in the Chablis
wine growing region of France.

We wandered around the narrow lanes
most barely wide enough for a small car.
There were charming stone houses with
gardens spilling out on to the walkways.
Peeps of pretty gardens,
and self sown flowers lining the little lanes.

It is the sort of village one could imagine living in
and being part of their artistic way of life.
Things seem to move at a slow pace
and no one is in a hurry.

We stopped at a cafe and enjoyed a cool drink
of Orangina, so refreshing on a hot day.

Later we spread a picnic rug beside the river
and ate a delicious lunch
of ham rolls made by my granddaughters
followed by a piece of fruit,
what more could one want?

A perfect day spent with my family
in the middle of France!
A day when beautiful memories are made.

I'm joining 
Karen for Sunlit Sunday
Judith for Mosaic Monday
Bernideen for BTTCG
Stephanie for Roses of Inspiration.

Thank you for visiting and reading my posts
take care and
be kind to one another

à bientôt


Friday, 19 February 2016

Highlights of my Week

Flowers from my late summer garden
it has been a long dry, hot summer
with very little rain.
However three days ago the Heavens opened
I wanted to race outside and do a little dance!!!

This is Red beach on the
Whangaparoa Peninsula 
about an hour north of Auckland.
I took this photo on the edge of the cliff
where one of my friends has a beach house.

Summer means BBQ's
and one of the best things is Sweetcorn on the barbie!

My favourite summer tea is
Twinings New Zealand Earl Grey.
I drink my tea without milk or sugar
so I like it weak and this blend is perfect for me.

I've been wanting this dog for as long as I can remember
well not this particular one....
but a wire haired terrier.
I met him while I was walking through the park
however his mother had a tight hold on his lead
I'm sure I could have persuaded him to come home with me!
NO - honestly I'm not a dog snatcher!
but all the same I would loved to have picked him up and run home with him.
A piece of advice - lock up your dogs!!!

I'm joining Amy for Five on Friday
Congratulations Amy on "Fives" first birthday!
Eileen for Saturday's Critters

Thank you so much for your visits

Take care and
be kind to one another

à bientôt


Galway Bay Fences

On my visit to Ireland last year
I would love to have seen the sun go down on 
Galway Bay.

I realised later that one of the downsides
of being on an organised tour
is that things don't always work out the way we want.

If we are lucky enough to return to the
Emerald Isle
we will hire a car as there is so much more
we want to see and do.

Being a keen gardener I was hoping to see
Helen Dillon's world renowned garden
but the open days didn't coincide with our tour dates.

It was a happy surprise when now and then
our bus ventured down lovely old country roads!

I'm joining Tex for her 100th link up for Good Fences 


Thank you for visiting and your kind comments

Take care and
be kind to one another
à bientôt


Tuesday, 16 February 2016

Brocante Food Stall

A vegetable stall at a Brocante
in France last summer.
Delicious red tomatoes and strawberries
grown locally.

I'm joining Gemma for Ruby Tuesday Too
thank you for hosting.

Thank you for popping in to say hello!

Take care and
be kind to one another.

à bientôt


Monday, 15 February 2016

Fontainebleau Bleu Shops

When I'm away I'm always on the lookout for
'blue themed' images that I can use for my
Blue Monday posts.

On this particular day we had a stroll around the village of
Fontainebleau before we had lunch
to fortify us before our visit to
the historic
Château de Fontainebleau.

I have written several posts about it before

you may like to see my Note Cards here

which I created for Vee's Note Card Party in 2013.

This booth is typical of french news agencies.
Le Parisien is one of the top newspapers
sold all through France.

I'm joining Sally for Blue Monday
do pop over and join us with your 'blues'.

Thank you Sally for hosting!

Thank you all for popping in
I'm somewhat behind in my visits, but I will get there....

Take care and
be kind to one another

à bientôt



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