Tuesday, October 25, 2016


I have to thank Steve and Bex for helping me with the bed for Keera.
Steve for doing most of the construction, then both of them for helping with the painting too.

I had planned to leave it totally white, but over the weekend I came up with a little idea...

ABOVE:  I decided to add just a LITTLE bit of colour on the top edge of the bed ... so I picked out 6 colours from the quilt, and boom... painted and finished.

The quilt isn't finished, but I put it on the bed for the photo.  I will be making a couple of matching pillowcases sometime this week too.

This morning, after I've taken the kids to kindy and school, I will be home doing housework for the morning.

There is always heaps to do after the weekend.  At least the washing is up to date if nothing else.

It's supposed to rain today, rather happy it held off till now.  Everyone got to enjoy lovely weather over the long weekend.

Right, that's me for now... crazy time starts.... getting everyone fed and dressed, lunch made and ready to go out the door by 8.15!

12.34:  Well I got half the housework done and then I got visitors.
Kelly and one of her best friends, Amanda C.
They came out so Amanda C. could see our new home, and Kelly had a birthday present for me.

So we had a lovely visit.

ABOVE:  I got the gorgeous card from Amanda C, and the Scent thingee from Kelly.  It smells amazing.  

ABOVE:  I got to blow out a candle... and then it re-lit itself so I  had to blow that bugger out again.  *smiles*

Now, it's on with more housework ... then a late lunch.

8.55 pm:  And it's been an awesome day.  I'm loving the lovely smell coming from the smelly thing Kelly gave me!

The kids and Stew all noticed it straight away.

Dinner tonight was yummy lamb chops baked in mint sauce, a family favourite.

Monday, October 24, 2016


Bex and I are heading out bright and early this morning... to the Craft and Collectors Fair which is being held in the Anglican Church just down the road from here.

The guys are taking the morning off building the deck, so they are being left at home to babysit.

 ABOVE:  LINDA, is this what you were asking about yesterday?  If so, it's a wind mobile type thingee.  It spins like mad in the wind.  

 ABOVE:  This is what Brylee did for hours yesterday!  The little kids just loved it.

 ABOVE:  It got stinkin' hot yesterday, so after their baths these three enjoyed the big fan in the family room.

 ABOVE:  Dinner on the patio, it was so nice once the sun went down a bit... it got cooler.
It's not even summer yet, so I hate to think how hot it's going to be here!

Now, back to today.  I better get ready to go out.  Hope this fair is good.


10.30 am:  Well.... we got to the fair early, and I was very impressed with it!  Bex, not quite so much as she was looking for wool, and there was only one stall selling wool.

I had a blast!  First thing I spotted and bought was plants, then I saw a stall selling garden art, so I got some things from there too.  Then I saw another garden art thingee, and got that too!  Stew had to bring me down more cash cos I ran out!

 ABOVE:  These plants are for the new corner garden.

 ABOVE:  These two groups of wood and metal 
Raupo or Bulrush look awesome in the garden!

ABOVE:  And my 'buy of the day' is this weta!  He/she is gorgeous, and Stew found the perfect place for it in the garden.  

NAME THE WETA!  He/she needs a name... so come on... gimme some ideas.

I love the name Wally... so HE'S now a boy weta named Wally.
I can see us having some fun playing 'Where's Wally?' in future.  *smiles*  Thanks for the name and ideas.

Steve, Bex and the boys have gone home, and it's back to normal here.

Sunday, October 23, 2016


Steve is back on the job today, he's starting to make some progress on the deck ...

 ABOVE:  It's going to be a very big deck.

 ABOVE:  That is Shannon standing in the doorway, she owns the home.

 ABOVE:  See that pile of rocks behind Steve?  Well, there's about three piles of rocks that Shannon does not want, so I'm going to snag a pile for our new garden, I'm sure they will look cool in it.

ABOVE: The finished 'path' with the new pavers in the gaps, replacing the tar soaked railway sleepers.

ABOVE:  We have a baby Kowhai tree (top) and a standard Magnolia too.  I will keep that magnolia as the flowers have a divine aroma.

I walk around the yard and still CANNOT BELIEVE we own this gorgeous section!  I think I love the section MORE than the house!

 ABOVE:  We have Iris's!  It's been fun watching what's in this garden as plants come up and flower.

 ABOVE: I can so see a volleyball net on this lawn soon.

Well, I think you have probably seen enough photos of the yard by now!  So... I will wrap up for now... catch ya later.


10.50 am:  I decided it was the perfect day to paint Keera's bed.  So we put it back in the garage and Bex and I have just finished putting the undercoat on.

It won't be long till we can put on the 1st top coat.

It's not going to be a flash paint job, just pure white all over.  I want to highlight the quilt and soft furnishings rather than make the bed the highlight.  So, don't hold ya breath expecting some sort of amazing paint job!  *smiles*

3.04 pm:  and we have been very busy!  Stew's sister Khady called in on her way home, she had been in Melbourne, Australia for a little holiday.
Was lovely to see her.

The guys are still on the building site, though Stew and Griffin did pop home for lunch and to see Khady.  They took lunch back to Steve, who had kept on working.

Bex and I have now got the 1st top coat on the bed, and I've been out and bought some test pots of colour, cos I AM going to add a wee bit of colour to the bed.

Stew just dropped of some rocks, and I 'helped' him place them in the new garden.  By HELP I really mean I pointed to a rock and told Stew where to put it!  lol


ABOVE:  Oh yeah, Bex is now washing the cars... with Archer's help of course.

Dinner tonight was home made mince and potato top pies.  They went down very well.
We all ate outside as it was cooling down nicely, and we were all really hot.  It was a really busy day for everyone.

Saturday, October 22, 2016


It's a long weekend here.  Steve took ages to get here last night, getting out of Auckland is a nightmare when every other man and his dog is trying to do the same thing.

At least he got here OK.

I've got a few cute photos of the kids from yesterday afternoon.  I had turned on the irrigation system:

ABOVE:  The water proved irresistible to the kids.

ABOVE:  I even managed to catch the rainbow produced from the spray and sunshine. 

ABOVE:  They all managed to get wet, though Archer got super wet.

ABOVE:  Don't they look happy!  
Little imps, the lot of them.

ABOVE:  These two get on like a house on fire.  It's so sweet to see them playing together.

I'm waiting for the sun to come out to get an 'After' photo of the new corner garden.  I'm just SO happy with how it's come out.

In the meantime, I've got heaps of housework to get done.  I also want to pop into town to get some backing fabric for Keera's quilt.  I was going to use some bubble type polar fleece, but I don't have enough.  

The guys will be working on the deck today... rain or shine I think.  Griffin is helping too... he's really enjoying doing it too.  Building could end up being his trade one day, ya never know.

Right, enough for now, I've got stuff to be getting on with.


ABOVE:  It will look even better once the plants/tree grow.
I chose that tree as it is weeping, and has very soft foliage.  It's deciduous, so won't shade the house in winter either.  

ABOVE:  Of course, I just had to titivate the corner.  Loving the chain!

The rest of the day was spent doing some housework, some sewing, having a nap, and checking out Steve's job and how it's going.

I made ham burgers for dinner, and we all sat around the BBQ table and enjoyed the late afternoon sun.

The guys are watching friggin rugby tonight, so I shall be doing more sewing.  

Friday, October 21, 2016


Stew has taken today off so he can get the big gaps in the concrete 'paths' onto the lawn filled in.

So, instead of the railway sleepers, he's going to fill up the holes with soil, then sand, and lay pavers on the top.

We want to get that done before the weekend, as Steve, Bex and the boys will be here, and it's not too safe with big gaps in the paths.  They are quite deep, you would break ya leg if you stepping in one while walking/running.

I'm also hoping we can make a start on the new garden under the kitchen/lounge windows.

There's also a bit of housework to be done... THAT never changes eh?  

Monday is a public holiday (Labour Day), so it's nice that Stew is having a 4 day 'weekend'.

We are going to the movies tonight to see Angels and Demons.  Another Tom Hanks movie... I'm really looking forward to that.


Well... I clearly 'forgot' to mention it's my Birthday today.... but Leanne let the cat outta the bag!


ABOVE:  I wonder what my darling husband got me?

ABOVE:   No prizes for guessing!  Another Britto figurine, isn't he gorgeous!

ABOVE:  I don't know WHY?  Tallulah really likes Keera!  She still growls at her sometimes, but mostly, she's very good with her.  Weird dog.

ABOVE:  I went down to Amber Nursery, which is our closest nursery, to get a tree for the new corner garden.
I got one within a few minutes, with the help of a staff member... AND I got the purple/blue flowering standard tree as well, cos it's GORGEOUS.

I will show you the new corner garden tree, once it's in the garden.

Right, we have stopped working outside.  Well I have to admit Stew did almost all of it!
I will have photos of the new garden tomorrow.

For now...

 ABOVE:  We have two strawberry plants... they survived the cull.  Now we have a few strawberries growing.

ABOVE:  Bex and Steve gave me this Birthday gift.  Bex made the little bag... it's lovely.

ABOVE:  Inside the bag, all of this!  What a neat gift... thanks Bex and Steve.

I'm going to sign off now, Stew and I are off to Hamilton for dinner and a movie.