Wednesday, 6 May 2015

Autumn ... and some Aussie visitors

Autumn is here in the south - but the trees haven't been told.
There is a little bit of colour change but not a lot.

Today was a lovely warm day, 28 degs C. 
so my GKB and I decided  that we would try 
to take some photo's of the plain in all it's autumn glory.

We headed up to the bridge over the motorway to see what we could do.
We were looking not quite into the sun which has resulted in the pictures
being a little hazy. 

Looking north across the plain toward Mount Allen, 
lovely, green and lush.
Part of our little town in the foreground.

Further around toward the west, where our warm wind was blowing in from.
Not a lot of colour. On the whole I think it has been too warm
 even though we have had snow on the hills a couple of times.

Looking west to Mount Maungatua. 

Now what has this got to do with Aussies you may ask? 
Nothing really, except that my little mother's 91 year old sister, 
her daughter and grand daughter came over for a surprise, flying visit.

And flying it was.
They spent a week in New Zealand,
 flew from one end of the country to the other, and back again,
visiting various relatives on the way and tomorrow fly home again.
We all went out for dinner last night, 
girls only as the men had other things happening. 

Three cousins, grand daughter took the photos.

We had a lovely meal together made all the more enjoyable
 because it was a spur of the moment thing.
We all enjoyed the visit, its a long time since we have caught up,
in one case about 40 years.

joining with:

Have a lovely week, 
till next time.


  1. How wonderful!! Looks like you had fun! The weather is cold and wet here today and it's spring!! Perfect for staying in anyway! I enjoyed your photos and so pleased you got to catch up after so long! J9 x

  2. How wonderful you got to spend this time with family.

  3. It is great to enjoy those family times Diana...blood is thicker than water as they say. Thank you for posting such beautiful pictures. I get to armchair travel along with you!!

  4. It is always a good time when you are with family. I truly enjoyed seeing your country through the pictures you posted. Have a lovely day!

  5. It does sound like you had a lovely day. I hope you eventually get some pretty autumn colors.

  6. Autumn is my favorite time of year. I enjoyed your photos very much. I'll be away for a short time as I am having problems with my foot. xo

  7. Sounds like a wonderful day. : )
    The pictures are beautiful.
    28 F sounds a bit chilly.

  8. Whoops, that should be 28 C. I'll go back and correct it :)

  9. Dearest Diana; OMG!!! You've made me in tears seeing your beautiful family gathering pictures♡♡♡ As I've already lost my all immediate family, how wonderful it must be these gathering♪ My mother passed away before being 70 which weaken my late father.
    And I truly enjoyed your county's wonderful scenery with enlarging pis.
    Have a WONDERFUL rest of the week.
    ps. So sorry for my recent absence, I think I'll have more time to see my dashboard from now.

    Sending Lots of Love and Hugs from Japan to my Dear friend in New Zealand, xoxo Miyako*

  10. Oh Diana, you are so beautiful, my friend :) How delightful that you were able to spend time with your family - what a precious blessing.

    Thank you so much for sharing with Roses of Inspiration. Have a lovely weekend. Hugs!

  11. How fun to spend time with your family.

  12. How wonderful to all get together again.
    and...I've never heard of the Salsa DANCE...:

  13. How nice to have visitors. I know what you mean about the weather. I'm by no means complaining, but it certainly isn't autumn here in Taranaki, either!

  14. Beautiful countryside Diana. Tom The Backroads Traveller

  15. By the smiling faces, it seems you had a glorious time having company and entertaining your friends.

    What a beautiful area of the world you live in. Very lush, and so tranquil.

  16. Glad you had that time with your family. Most of my family on my mom's side lives in another country and our visits are always so special and memorable. Too infrequent though.
    Have a nice weekend!

  17. Diana, I'm so glad you stopped by. I'm following you now! I'd lost touch with everyone when I took my blog break. Your trees are such a lovely green still. Thank you for showing your sweet pictures with us! Gina

  18. Such beautiful scenery, our Spring was a bit late coming this year too.
    What a lovely family get together you had and it looks like you all had fun :)

  19. Autumn is a little slow over there this season Diana! oh but when she arrives, what a spectacle she'll be. \i enjoyed this post very much and am so pleased \i dropped by. I'm writing from Scotland and have an hour free so am catching up on my favourite blogs! You have some wonderful get-togethers Diana.


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