Sunday, June 1, 2014

Happy Birthday Your Majesty

I can't say I really paid attention to when Her Maj actually had her birthday before we moved over here. But now, as we have a long weekend every year on the Queens official birthday, it has become a date that is always highlighted on our calendar.

The long weekend tends to be really needed at this time of year. The days are shorter and the nights are colder. Most nights our little wood burning stove is lit and the kids have to wear their slippers and dressing gowns in the morning to keep out the chill.

Although it never really gets as cold as it does in the UK, the clear nights can be surprisingly chilly and frosty. The wind chill factor in Wellington should also never be underestimated. Our house has double glazing and insulation but occasionally we do miss central heating as the wood burning stove has to be fairly constantly maintained once it is lit.

Luckily this year the long weekend has been bright sunny and warm and I actually ended up in a t-shirt on our wintry walk this morning.

I thought it was quite appropriate that since it was the Queens birthday we ended up at Queens Elizabeth Park.

It's a great place to walk the dog. Ted always meets lot of other friendly dogs to run manically about with.

There was literally not a cloud in the sky.

The model airplane club was enjoying the good weather today. I got told off for stopping between the signs and gawping at the planes. Apparently this is very dangerous as the planes fly low in this area. You have been warned!

This is the tree that, according to my kids, I always stop and take a pictures of. Well in my opinion its a beautiful tree. So here is another picture of it to add to my collection.

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Ermmm...... it has been a while.....

Life....its that little thing that gets in the way of blogging every now and then!

We bought a house and then spent a great summer doing it up whilst my parents came over to visit and then work, school and the general routine of family life got in the way.

Well I love writing and taking photos and I have missed being able to record life on here. So my other half has just been kind enough to buy me a new laptop. My intention is to use it to start updating the blog again.

A lot has happened since I last logged on here. We are still in New Zealand and unless I am forced by a super human and very brave assailant, we are unlikely to move anywhere in the foreseeable future. I have fallen in love with our Tree House and it really feels like it has welcomed us into its branches and accepted us a it's new permanent residents (along with the dog, the cat, the rabbit and very fat guinea pig).

We are beginning to feel like we belong in this little village and when taking the dog for a walk will almost always meet someone we know to have a quick chat with. I do find it an advantage some mornings to take the dog out before the sun comes up just so the walk is over and done with quickly. Otherwise I am almost guaranteed to meet someone I know. This can be very embarrassing as I often can't be bothered to get properly dressed that early in the morning and will have wondered down the road in jeans and coat hurriedly pulled over the top of pirate pyjamas.

So in summary, life is good.

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Moody Weather

We have actually been on holiday during the last two weeks. Well three of us have. Unfortunately the other half was unable to get more than a long weekend off with us. I also question whether I was exactly on holiday. Quite often being at home with the girls can be harder work than going to my official paid work!

We made the most of the opportunities we had together and tried to get out to enjoy the outdoors as much as possible. The very unpredictable spring weather had other plans, and attempted to strongly encourage us to stay indoors for most of the holiday.

Us Brunts are a hardy lot though and we still managed to get out and attempt to wear the dog out as much as possible.

This is Korokoro Dam. It is a beautiful walk but my photos do not do this area justice. The colours are too muted and dull.

We took a day trip to Wanganui (or Whangnui no one seems to be able to decide how it should be spelt!). Having driven from Wellington for two hours hoping to find some sun we discovered that Wanganui was actually going to be the wettest part of New Zealand on that particular day.

I still love this town even in the pouring rain. We found a very odd hidden bamboo forest by the river with lots of mysterious paths leading to secret fishing spots. It was an oddly eerie place mainly due to the huge looming fallen trees partially hidden by the bamboo shoots which must have been brought down in the recent stormy weather.

The girls were very disappointed it was just too wet to have a go at this rather unique play area.

The threatening sky made Victoria Park look spookily pensive and dark.

On the last Sunday of the holiday the sun came out and we truly took advantage of living by the sea.