Sunday, 21 September 2014




Sunny Sunday.  Thank you for the morning sun and thank you for staying around long enough for me to get all my outdoor tasks ticked off the list.
In our backyard, in the corner was a triangle patch where my hydrangeas have failed to thrive and where the cat likes to dig around in.  So over the last few weeks when I had time and the weather played ball I have been out there, pulling weeds, laying down weed mat, relocating bucket loads of pebbles and turning soil along the fence line.  Today I re-homed my hydrangeas to the newly dug up garden bed and also added some potted colour, using old bricks to section off the area.
The (waterproof) lanterns have been up all week - and I finally got to set up the table and chair set that I found on the cheap in a sale.  Outdoor cushions added for comfort and colour.  Great spot for an afternoon cuppa, perfect place to sit and watch the kids play while drinking something cold as the sun goes down.  I told my sister who will be visiting next week that it is going to be our "wine time" corner, ha!
Forecast was for afternoon showers, which did eventually arrive, then the temperature dropped so we got the fire going, poured a couple of drinks and started preparing an early dinner.  We ate at 4.30pm, roast pork with the most delicious crackling.  It's been a really good weekend.

Enjoy the remainder of your weekend, what have you been up to?
I hope your week ahead will be a good one x


Saturday, 20 September 2014



We woke early this morning to blue skies and whistling wind.  I'm on breakfast duties Saturday morning, so Mr H gets tea and toast in bed - my turn on Sunday!

We headed out early, first stop was the farmers market then the supermarket, farmlands for chicken pellets and then the botanic gardens to give the kids a run around.

Mr H and I voted........election day here in N.Z.

Then a short drive out to the beach to deliver Bell for a sleepover, and a pit stop with the boys for ice cream before heading home.

The afternoon was spent at home, pottering, reading, 4 loads of washing done and an early dinner and movie for the boys.  Early to bed for them tonight.  Gin and tonics and a movie for us bigger kids.

I haven't checked but I'm really hoping this weather sticks around for tomorrow as I have some gardening time planned.

This week will be the last week of school here before the school holidays start and my sister arrives on Tuesday from Brisbane.  Glad this weekend is a quiet one as next week will be busy.

Summer, I can feel that you are just around the corner and I can't wait!
Enjoy your weekend wherever you are!

Wednesday, 17 September 2014


"Portraits of my boys, once a week, every week, in 2014."

We've been reading the classics........"what big EYES you have..............all the better to see you with!
Joining in with Jodi's "52 project".

Sunday, 14 September 2014

Roasted feta with walnuts, rosemary and maple syrup

This easy and insanely delicious recipe is another goody by Eleanor from Petite Kitchen.  It will be on regular rotation around here.  I made this Sunday afternoon as a decadent pre dinner treat.  It is very difficult to not eat the entire lot in one sitting!

You will need:

A block of feta
1/2 cup walnuts
2 tbl spoons olive oil
Handful of rosemary
Maple syrup or honey if you prefer


Heat oven to 180c.
Dry roast your walnuts and set aside.
Place your block of feta in a roasting dish, drizzle with the olive oil and scatter over your rosemary.
Bake for 25 minutes or until golden.
On serving sprinkle over the walnuts and splash a generous amount of maple syrup over the feta.
Serve with crusty bread or crackers - bread is a good option as you will want to soak up any leftover maple syrup!

Monday, 8 September 2014


"Portraits of my boys, once a week, every week, in 2014."

These two really are country kids - I seek out a kind of old fashioned childhood for my boys.  Lots of fresh air, climbing trees, mud, water and getting dirty.  Nothing fancy or flashy..........really just the simple things. 
Joining in with Jodi's "52 project".


Friday, 5 September 2014

First signs of Spring

Spring is on it's way, subtle signs are becoming more and more obvious.  This winter has been relatively mild, we've been lucky.

I'm looking forward to;

Warm sand between my toes when we visit the beach.
Dusting the BBQ off.
Eating our meals outside in the garden.
Feeling the sun on my shoulders.
Devouring the plums, apricots and peaches from our trees.
Late evening walks in the vineyard.
Good health.

So much to look forward to in the coming months.  I love the change in seasons and nothing feels more  promising than Spring don't you think?

Have wonderful weekend where ever in the world you are.  I hope the change in seasons treats you well.

Thursday, 4 September 2014



"Portraits of my boys, once a week, every week, in 2014."
Tom - it's all about Lego at the moment.
George - nature boy.
Joining in with Jodi's "52 project".

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