Thursday, 18 January 2018

A family barbie

We've had some high temperatures this past week, 
touching on 40 C. Just a little bit hot for us southerners. 
It has cooled down somewhat today with a bit of rain
 but not enough to do much for the ground or gardens.
But before that sort of heat set in we managed to have 
a barbecue over at our son's home last weekend. 

Getting the fire started, one to light and several supervisors. 
Son in law hadn't arrived yet so couldn't stand there with 
the others giving helpful, or not, advice :)
The pohutokawa (red flowering tree) in the
 background was beautiful, in full bloom.

Daughter in law and visitors from Japan - they haven't 
cottoned on yet that the blokes do the cooking 
and the girls leave them to it. I can see there is some 
educating to be done. But never mind, 
the food was delicious.

Relaxing on the deck. Youngest daughter and her 
 hubby came over too. Our eldest daughter was away  
for the weekend so couldn't make it, and as it is school 
holidays the kids were away doing what kids do with 
their mates during the summer.

Later we adjourned to the garage to play pool and darts 
and as our new Japanese friend had just celebrated
a birthday we had a birthday cake for her
 much to her surprise and pleasure.

Brother and sister facing off. He has just knocked her
 off the table, up until then she had taken on all comers
 and won. Oh dear :) I didn't realise I'd caught them like this 
until I saw the photo and it just looks so funny.

Well that's it for this week.
See you next time.
joining Debbie over at
Breathing in Grace for 
friday foto friends

Wednesday, 10 January 2018

A walk along Brighton Beach

One day earlier in the week my GKB suggested we go for a walk on the beach at Brighton. It was a grey day but not cold, even though we look like we are wrapped up against the weather. In reality we were in short sleeves under our jackets but there was a bit of a stiff breeze blowing off the Pacific Ocean. 

In the pic above my GKB is standing on the bottom step, 
there is about a metre drop down to the beach from here 
where the sand has been eroded by the sea. It was interesting hauling ourselves back up when we got back.

Just strolling and refreshing my soul :)

The tide was going out so the beach was good and wide.

Rock pools,


and mussel beds.

A child or hobbit size cave in the bank 

and kelp just in front of it.

We enjoyed our walk and I hope you did as well.

Until next time,
joining Debbie at Breathing in Grace 

Thursday, 4 January 2018

Time for a round up

Well, what has been happening in the last few weeks? Not a lot really (apart from Christmas of course) and I have to admit I am enjoying just relaxing before the year gets back into full swing.
Christmas Day found us over at number one son's home with all the family. The only one missing was eldest grand daughter who was on holiday with her fiancee ... but we'll let them off this year :)
After we had eaten the main course we exchanged the presents.

This is always a fun time and usually the youngest child gives 
them out. This year though he thought he was far too old for 
that, being the grand old age of 11, so number one son did the honours.

  After this we had our desserts - the mains had had plenty of time to settle. Below are DIL and eldest grandson rolling the ice cream.
They are the family foodies :)

Yes, he has a cigarette in his mouth. No it is not lit.

 DIL had been worried there wouldn't be enough food, she had never done what I suppose is a 'pot luck' Christmas dinner before but this is our normal. All in all we had a lovely Christmas with everyone. And there was more than enough food!
New Year's eve was spent at home and we were in bed before midnight but listening to the countdown on the radio. 

I have started going out for walks again, and no this is not a New Year's resolution. I was relaxing in the bath one evening between Christmas and New Year and thought to myself that I would start going out walking 'next week sometime'. But I decided to start straight away, the excess weight convinced me :(  So I am pleased to say I have been out walking every evening since and so far am enjoying it. 

Eldest daughter gave us some freshly picked peas and
 broad beans a couple of days ago so I spent a very pleasant hour sitting under the sun umbrella in the back yard yesterday 
morning shelling and podding them before the day got too hot.
And yes, there are enough left for the pot :)

And of course we had a super moon a night or two back and it was quite spectacular. Not long after my GKB took this the sky clouded over, which often seems to happen with these super moons in our neck of the woods. This is the best one we have seen.

Anyway, that's my round up for now, 
I'll see you all again next time.

joining Debbie for 

Sunday, 31 December 2017

Happy New Year

Wishing you all a happy, 
prosperous and blessed 2018.

Photo courtesy of Otago Daily Times

Monday, 25 December 2017

Christmas greetings

Christmas Day has arrived in New Zealand
 and so...
From our home to yours,
 we wish you all a very happy 
and blessed Christmas.

Tuesday, 19 December 2017

Two birthday girls

We've had two birthdays in the last couple of weeks.
We celebrated eldest daughter's 50th birthday on Saturday 
with a Mad Hatters tea party. Lots of fun.
Today it is my little mother' 88th birthday, a couple of her 
younger grandsons are taking a fish n' chips tea around for her. 
She loves getting fish n chips as a treat so they'll have a good evening together.

The birthday girls.

Jacqui with her offspring, Caitlin, Monica and Andrew.

The cake, made and decorated by Andrew.
The roses are fresh from the garden.
Roses and owls are two of his mother's favourite things.

Thursday, 14 December 2017

Stained glass cake

or as it is also known...
Cathedral Cake
I found this recipe while looking for my Christmas cake recipe so I decided to try it. It is delicious and was a hit with everyone who tried it. It's also a great alternative to the traditional Christmas cake and a lot easier to make :) 
I hope you try it and enjoy it as much as we do.

 Cathedral Cake
200 grams dates    
150 grams mixed peel
100 grams green cherries
100 grams raisins
200 grams walnut halves
250 grams brazil nuts
100 grams flour
1/2  teaspoon baking powder
170 grams sugar
3 eggs
Line a 6 cup loaf tin with 3 layers of paper 5cm higher than the tin.
Combine fruit and nuts in a a large bowl. 
Sift flour and baking powder and add sugar - mix with fruit.
Beat eggs until thick and creamy and pour onto fruit etc - combine thoroughly.
Spoon into tin and spread evenly. 
Bake at 150 degs C for about 2 hours.
Leave to stand for 10 minutes then turn onto cake rack.
Wrap in foil when cold and store in refrigerator. 
Cut into fingers or thin slices to serve.

Happy Christmassing