Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Mid Winter Solstice Picnic

Four of us went on a mid Winter solstice picnic. We were going to hold it whatever the weather and we did.

Weather put on a great summer display for us there was no wind even. Yesterday was cold and rainy tomorrow is meant to be raining, we were so lucky. We ate platters of interesting things and a huge pizza in the sun all washed down with a good glass of wine..

We were watched by a big hungry looking Maori totem but he didn't eat much. After our picnic we walked down to the beach where sat and dreamed together and watched the dolphins pay out in the bay.

 Young Couple came along to go fishing and took a selfie together.

. A young couple also came to the beach to fish and took a selfie of us all.

It was a perfect day with perfect company.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Chinese Banquet

Erle and I went out with the Senior Citizens Club for a 10 course Chinese Banquet at Bamboo Gardens Blenheim.

 More than 30 of us attended and thoroughly enjoyed the feast. Erle had a small glass of warm Saki and I had a glass of wine, one of the men came past and took our photo, such a happy smiling photo, so unusual for us, I was over joyed when he gave the photo, I planned to take it home and show Erle but some how I managed to lose the photo. The man was happy to reprint another for us.

We do not have a working scanner any more so I had to take a photo of the photo to publish.
There were several raffles for us the prizes being the pretty flower plants on the table

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Mum's Remembrance family picnic 2017

Once again we gathered as a family in celebration of Mums life and Dads too. This time the Picton Foreshore was chosen to hold a pot luck picnic. All of us made either a pizza or a bacon and egg pie there were many delicious versions of these yummy treats. Everyone tried valiantly to have a piece of each. There were other yummy goodies to sample too. Seems Mum taught us all to be good cooks. After lunch we had a merry game of mini golf not sure who won but it sure wasn't me. All the children had the time of their lives on the little train and the merry-go-round as well as playing golf. They made the most of all the Grand parents there with cash to spare. Nice to see them all so happy.

Newest member of family Millie

Tuesday, March 07, 2017

Mums Cyclamen

My Mother grew this Cyclamen from seed  a few years ago,  Never has it flowered like it has this year. So very profuse ad several different colours in there too.

Thursday, February 23, 2017


Beautiful sunset tonight

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Some photos from Kaikoura Earthquake

Some photos from Kaikoura's devastating earthquake  7.8
This is what some of the major main highway between Blenheim - Kaikoura looks like now, although they are hurrying to repair it as fast as possible.
Amazingly only 2 people died in this massive quake.

Railway is also destroyed.

Houses met the same fate

These cows were stranded as the hillside fell away, but they were soon rescued unharmed.

The Army came to the rescue of people stranded in the small town of Kaikoura, mainly tourists, they were helicoptered out after the Army and the local Maori Meari fed them

The sea bed was lifted by the power of the earthquake  straight up  about 6 - 8 feet high along with all the fish and shellfish. kelp and other marine life

and there were many huge slips of rock and mud that came down from the mountains one of which trapped a frieght train just as it came out of a tunnel, it is still there and will be for a long time..

Thursday, September 08, 2016

Koh Samui Elephant Trek

While we were in Koh Samui we chose to go on an all day tour, we spoke with the tour director and I said I wanted to go Elephant trekking and Erle wanted to watch the Tigers and the monkeys show. She said it was all good for combining them all plus a few extra bonus things as well. Was quite expensive because it included a nice lunch.
We were picked up in a lovely new air conditioned luxury van then picked up a German family with a couple of small children and taken  to the Elephant trek place.
There was a Mother and baby elephant there to pat and 2 other half grown elephants that we could buy food for too. Most people did just that specially for the mother elephant.
We were taken over to meet the elephant we were to ride, Erle immediately decided not to ride the elephant at all so I was taken by myself on a nice quiet elephant with a mahout. 
We wandered along a nice jungle path past many other elephants with

passengers. I was really enjoying the quiet plod along listening to the birds and other wee things scuffling in the undergrowth. As soon as we were well away from the other tourist my mahout started asking if I wanted my photo taken, he would hop off and take the pic for only 300 bart ( thai money) he said, I told him no as Erle would take plenty of photos. Then he dragged out some necklaces that I might like to buy, but I didnt want to, then he started telling how he had a wife and several children and the elephant and he needed lots of money for all of this and surely I would like to give him money. Err no thanks, then it was but give me a tip. So I got a 20 bart note out and gave it to him and he laughed out loud and I thought he might throw it away even. I reminded him that I had paid for the trek and he would be paid from that and he laughed again. I actually started to get vaguely disturbed by him cause I was on my own with him and the elephant, but he seemed to think better of it and just walked me back to the stand that I had got on to the elephant and said good bye.

 Fortunately Erle did take some photos  while I was on my on my trek.
Now to walk to waterfall.

Was quite glad to be off and back on the ground, Erle and I then went for a lovely walk up to a waterfall I had spotted while on my trek There were many tourists swimming in the pool at base of waterfall, it was nice a cool there, we had intended to swim too but there were lots of big sharp rocks in the water and we didn't want to risk being hurt so just watched the others for a time .

Then we  werewalking back to where all the brightly coloured stalls were and did some shopping.

 While I did enjoy being o the elephant the behavior of the mahout annoyed me. But there was still lots of other things to come in our tour.