Saturday, 30 October 2010


I love summer.  I love the smiles that some with the warm sun,  the smells of grass being cut and barbeques.  I love the feeling of sun on my skin. So last weekend when the those first days of really warm weather and th children were asking me if they could go for a swim I packed a picnic and took them to Kariotari Beach.  It is a 40 minute drive with black sand (because of iron ore).  It was perfect.  The salty wind gently blew the children we having fun and all was good.

You can see the iconic flags found at beaches across New Zealand to keep the swimmers safe.  This beach is prone to rips.

We didn't spend too long there and the children were all sun screened up with hats and such like.  They had just been for a swim here and couldn't wait to go and find shells to design sandcastles with.

Of course such memories need to be recorded more permanently so here is my page.

The kit and template are by the lovely Donna Duncombe.  Credits are found here.

Wednesday, 27 October 2010

Wordless Wednesday 27 October

Welcome to my Wordless Wednesday

An icon sign of the season.  (The beach is Kariotahi and the sand is black (iron ore based sand))

Monday, 25 October 2010

Monday Menu 25 October

This week it is feeling very summery so I am planning meals that fit the season.

Monday  chicken and salad (because we are off to the beach and can be done in a jiffy when we get home all tired)

Tuesday  corn fritters and advocado salsa with green veg

Wednesday  Thai Stirfry with rice

Thursday  creamy tuna pasta bake with salad

Friday  homemade hamburgers

Saturday  Grilled meatball kebabs with salad

sunday   Leftovers

Friday, 22 October 2010


Success comes in all shapes and forms.  This year McKenzie has expereinced a lot of sporting success.  This is truely a testament to all the time and effort she puts into her hockey which she plays with passion.

Don't be fooled that this comes easy and without some heart break along the way.  McKenzie has missed a couple of friends birthday parties over the winter because of her hockey committments.  I am so proud of her though and hope that she will continue to bring to her hockey the same passion and dedication that I have seen this year. 

She has been rewarded handsomely winning trophies both at the club and regional represative level, she was named captain and had to conquer her fear of speaking in front of crouds and finally has been selected as part of a talent squad for next year.

Long may her passion and dedication last.

The credits for this page are here

The credits for this are here

The Photo Shoot.

Andre arrived home last week telling me that he has a homework challenge which involed taking photos of him and his bike.  To add to this he was very exciting which is not always the case with him.

anyway before I had had a chance to take a breath I was getting instructions on what shots need to be taken, the fact that I needed to take a couple of action shots and then the camera would need to be set on macro so he could take some close ups.

Finally the photos are taken and here they are

Taken by me (under guidance from Andre)

Then ofcourse his photos to reflect the working parts of the bike.  His area of learning at school.

Naturally these needed printing out and we were out of cartridge so off to the shops I went to sort this.

Of course this needed to be scrapped to here is the result.

The credits for this can be found here at Weeds and Wildflowers

Wednesday, 20 October 2010

Wordless Wednesday 20 October

Here is my photo for Wordless Wednesday.  The Blue Lake outside of Rotorua.  It is a grey day so it is not so blue in the photo.

Tuesday, 19 October 2010

Mondays Menu 18 October

I have lost my blogging mojo but here is my menu for the week. 

Monday  bbq chicken with potatos and green vege

Tuesday  zucchini pancakes with tomato and onion relish served with rice salad

Wednesday  Thai style chicken and noodle salad

Thursday  chicken in the crockpot with salad

Friday  Nachos

Saturday  Sausage meat and vege meat loaf with salad

Sunday  leftovers.

Wednesday, 13 October 2010

Wordless Wednesday 13 October

The light was just perfect for this photo.  Not touching up or filters applied.

Monday, 11 October 2010

Monday Menu 11 October

Here is this weeks menu and as usual it is linked to The Organising Junkie

Monday  Steak and Kidney crockpot meal

Tuesday  Stirfry the children loved this last week so I thought that I would introduce zucchini to the stirfry

Wednesday  Wraps using cold meat and salad vegetables.

Thursday  Quiche and salad

Friday  Meatballs and spaghetti

Saturday  Chicken on the bbq with

Sunday  Leftovers

Saturday, 9 October 2010

P365 September 2010

I am hanging in there with these pages.  Here are my September pages, they are all made with SS 9 page.

Wednesday, 6 October 2010

Wordless Wednesday 6 October

DD last week.

I am linked to Wordless Wednesday

Finally Gone

After about 7 weeks of dedicated work my children are finally nit free.  We have tried pharmacy bought products to erradicate them, tried dirty hair, tried tea tree oil and I have finally come to the conclusion that after 7 weeks of trying daily combing is the best way to solve the nit problem. 

Now all I need to do is keep them away.

Monday, 4 October 2010

Monday Menu 4 October

I have been on holiday so my blog has been a little neglected.  Anyway I am back and it is Monday so here is my weeks menu.  As usual I am linking to I'm an Organising Junkie

Monday  sheppards pie

Tuesday   stir fry - sweet n sour

Wednesday  salmon and rice patties with salad

Thursday  stir fry  - creamy coconut

Friday  meatloaf and salad

Saturday  beef wraps

Sunday  Leftovers

I will be back with some photos tomorrow.