Saturday, 26 December 2015
...post again until after New Year
but couldn't resist the pull, haha.
So that's my willpower down the drain
before we even get to the resolutions bit,
so I don't think I'll bother.
Four of my six grandchildren were at youngest
daughter's home for Christmas dinner,
along with parents and grandparents and one great grandparent,
so it was quite a crowd. Later in the day
another cousin arrived from up the street
where he had been celebrating with his grandparents
and all the kids had a good time together.
Youngest grand daughter is modelling the scarf/stole
she received from her aunty and uncle in Japan.
All the girls of all ages received one in different colours,
mine was in neutral colours with a rose pattern. Lovely.
It was a lovely day with just a bit of a breeze.
We had been planning on a barbecue
but the long term weather forecast was a bit iffy
so we decided against it.
We still had hot weather desserts though,
because that's what we do in New Zealand.
I can't begin to imagine what to make
for a cold weather dessert at Christmas.
I ate far too much of everything
and will be taking myself out for a walk
after tea tonight when it cools down a little.
Mackie, youngest daughter's old cat (about 12 or 13) guarding
his Christmas chow from the kittens (about 4 months).
And of course the Boxing Day sales were all on today.
We don't usually indulge because it is such a mad house,
but guess what? We found ourselves at the Warehouse,
quite accidentally of course, but didn't spend too much.
We just bought stuff we needed - like the new cushions
we had been planning on getting for the swing seat.
Half price, a bargain ! Now we just have to get a coat
of paint on that swing and she'll look as good as new.
And of course I really I
needed wanted this blingy top.
I have been looking at it for a couple of months
and as it was also half price I thought it was
too good an opportunity to let pass :)
We had actually only gone up to the local shops
to buy vacuum cleaner bags but ended up in the city
because our shops didn't have the ones I needed.
That's my excuse anyway and I'm sticking to it. :)
And just because I can here is a windmill I grabbed from the
Good as Gold $2 shop because I liked the colours!
Sometimes you just have to let your inner child loose.
joining in with the party at:
Hoping your Christmas
was truly blessed
and that 2016 brings
all you hope for.
Tuesday, 22 December 2015
Monday, 14 December 2015
I thought I could show you some of my
Christmas tree decorations. Not many,
just some very old special ones and a couple of fun ones.
You will see there is no rhyme or reason to my tree,
I just put an eclectic mix of ornaments on it,
because that's the way we like it.
The tree in all it's Christmas glory, both taken at night,
one with the flash on and the other with the flash turned off.
This old plastic Santa is so old and I don't know where he came from but I rather think he once belonged to my sister who
moved to Australia what seems like a lifetime ago.
She also owned the little gauze fairy on the right.
Very olden pieces, not that she is mind you :)
Both pieces precious to me.
These ones are more recent buys and are just for fun.
On the left is All Black Santa, dressed in our national football team's colours of, you've guessed it, all black!
He is accompanied by fishing Santa
in honour of my GKB who loves fishing.
This angel was sent to us one year by the one of the children we sponsored for several years. I always put her in a prominent place on the tree, somewhere in the front, so we can think of her at this time of the year even though her sponsorship is finished.
Our tree topper is a silver star with a dove just beneath,
not a good photo of them I'm afraid but you get the idea.
And this is a little glimpse of my glitter church
and an ice house I have on my kitchen table.
I'm wanting to make a little village
but as yet only have four houses - but four is
more than none and something to start with :)
Monday, 7 December 2015
No, the photo below is not taken in Rotorua at the geysers
but one day during the week as my GKB
was heading up the road to pay a couple of bills.
Council workmen had hit a water main while
digging up the street, for goodness knows what,
and this was the result. He actually rushed back
home to get the camera so he could take some shots.
|a geyser - not|
It looks quite spectacular, as, I think, does my lovely girl below.
This is Caitlin, our middle grand daughter at her graduation.
She has just finished a years study and could
leave her course now but has decided to go on
and do the second year and get the full diploma.
So this was her graduation for the components
she has already achieved.
|Caitlin - middle grand daughter|
And below are some of her proud supporters.
Five daughters, four grand daughters, three mothers
three cousins, two sisters and one great grandmother.
Which adds up to five ladies believe it or not, not eighteen.
Of course this is just my side of the family,
her other grandparents were there as well as a couple of other family members. All very proud.
|grandmothers, mothers, daughters and cousins|
We all had a lovely evening at the Town Hall,
good food and drinks, non alcoholic as well as alcoholic.
Lots of photos taken. And I won't tell you
about the tiki tour I took on the way home.
Suffice to say what should have taken approximately
10 minutes took me about 25. I took one wrong turn
and things went downhill from there, haha.
I knew where I was, it just wasn't where I should have been.
|food bank collection vehicles|
And that brings us to tonight when we were sitting home
quietly minding our own business and we heard sirens coming
down the street and then an ambulance pulled up outside.
But all was well, it was the annual food bank collection
with the ambulance heralding the arrival of the collectors.
We had forgotten to get anything for it but I managed
to find some things in the cupboard that we could donate.
The service clubs man (woman and child) this appeal just before
Christmas to boost the food bank supplies over the holiday period.
And talking of Christmas holidays,
I have decided to take this week
off just to do those things I need
and want to do for and with the family.
Apart from a lunch date I have on Friday
that has been organised for a few weeks.
One of the things to do is wrap Christmas presents
and I need to do this before school finishes
and little grands start to appear occasionally at the house.
Tomorrow morning is a visit to eldest daughter
and then some Christmas shopping with little mother.
And that's it for another week.
Tuesday, 1 December 2015
December has arrived, heralding the beginning of summer,
and the weather is playing ball.
I got slightly sunburnt while out walking yesterday.
The Christmas tree has been erected in Anzac Park.
And on Saturday we had our annual Market Day.
The organizers were hoping to get about 8000 people along
and as it was a good day I'm pretty sure they did.
Both ends of the main road were closed off for about six hours.
The shops were open and a lot of them
had tables outside with sales goods on them.
There were critters for the kids to interact with
and bouncy castles at either end of the street.
Little Flick was there as well,
who remembers him from their childhood?
I used to listen in on the radio and hear his tale.
Lots of kids riding on him :)
A sound stage had been set up and there was almost
continuous music throughout the day as well as a talent quest.
Of course there were a lot of arts and crafts stalls
as well as produce and boutique style products.
We found a lovely pendant we are sure
our eldest daughter will love. One Christmas present
down, heaps to go. Oh well it's that time of year.
We have to have the overseas posting done by Thursday
and we haven't bought anything yet!
Methinks tomorrow (Wednesday) will be a tad busy.
We spent an enjoyable hour or so down there,
and did see one or two other things we'll maybe
go back and buy sometime from one of the boutiques.
And that is pretty well it for this week.
Because the sky is blue
I am going to join in with;
Until next time, keep well.
Don't overdo things
and enjoy the season.