Saturday, January 21, 2012

Summer at home

Summer has been very quiet for us. 2011 was busy and stressful; it's been nice just to chill out at home and read lots of books and do not a lot of anything. The weather has been very wet so lots of the things we planned got written off and we've just been hanging out at home mostly.

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Sunrise over the valley.

One thing about now having our OWN place is the ability to make the garden our own too. We planted some things - a lemon tree (DH) and some hydrangeas (me), we found a massive rhubarb plant hidden by the rose bushes and have been indulging in bowls of hot stewed rhubarb and vanilla icecream. There was already a gorgeous strawberry patch which we ate our way through, and the plums are just starting to ripen - DH finds me one each afternoon. The paddocks have cattle grazing in them now so we're feeling like proper lifestylers, the kids enjoy saying hello.

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We did a day trip to Auckland and spent an afternoon at Butterfly Creek. It was awesome. The kids absolutely loved it.

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I dont think Ive ever been so up and close and personal to butterflies before, it was quite magical.

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One week left of the summer break. In some ways it feels like it has gone by so fast, and then in others (when the kids are fighting mostly) I feel ready for a dose of normality and routine! Term 1 looms ahead. In the meantime I'll be spending some quality time with my new love...
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And knitting on with a test knit for Tikki

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1 comment:

  1. The butterfly place looks awesome. As does your place - it really is so good to have something all your own. Especially a garden - especially when you find a strawberry patch! Lovely!