Lashings of ginger beer

Walk off your lunch by strolling up to the lookout and listen to the robins on the way. [caption id="attachment_1206" align="alignnone" width="300"]011c31e1035604868ee5d0890ffbcb6f56f6119b2a There is great shade and plenty of places to spread out your spread.[/caption] or really close to home for me, Mairangi Bay There is now a reserve across the road from the beach where you can sit under a shady tree. If you can’t be bothered to picnic, buy the best fish and chips around at the Mairangi Bay fisheries. Their fresh wet fish is great too. Finish off with a gelato from Paper Moon

Mairangi Bay Fisheries

fisheriesSelling fresh fish as well as cooked fish and chips. Parking right outside the door. Everything cooked in healthy Canola oil. Open Mon & Tues 9.30am-7.30pm, Wed-Sat 9.30am-8pm, Sun 11.30am-8pm Phone 479 4517 360 Beach Rd, Mairangi Bay View Map 01e5a93f21f36eb87ffd48c4ebe723d51bddca356b 018477bae8e6c5c9515c32c1944ed0ba8f6c453011 If you want to go a little further afield then Waipu is a great little spot. Their reserve is private and looks on to the river. They have a big flat rock there where you can lay out your table. 01d76b440319cdd277fd84ae80e05138a38ad26b10   It has a Scottish heritage so wear your kilt. And finally my favourite beach spot of all time, Tawhitokino You have to get the tide right and there is a steep but short climb up and over but it is really worth it. There is a DOC camp there too but you need to cart in all your supplies including water.

How to get to Tawhitokino

Physical Address:   265 Kawakawa Bay Coast Road, Clevedon
From Clevedon follow the signs to Kawakawa Bay. Continue to Waiti Bay at the end of Kawakawa Bay Coast Rd. From there follow the Tawhitokino track on foot around the rocks and over Papanui Point to the beach. Access only at low tide. Get picnicking everyone before the weather turns to custard. FG

Bridge over troubled waters…

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[caption id="attachment_1199" align="alignnone" width="225"]011a8584b1b3ba9d42c6f28eca3bd77e6a0828722b We even got a close up of an old America’s Cup NZ boat.[/caption] This interesting link tells you all about the commission for the poems under the bridge. Her pictures are better too. I am doing a bit of necessary job seeking in the next few weeks. I will keep you posted. Have a great day off Aucklanders,  FG  ]]>

Wonderful Auckland in the summer with visitors

01160e6c36892c0de385bb9e443d4a371e180beb10 htttp:// After a refreshment stop there pop next door to the wonderful Curiosity Shop. It so lovely and they have free shells for children to take away. Then a potter around the Devonport shops; some favourites are Cosi Fan Tutte   or the bookshop in the main street image 2 There are far too many lovely shops to mention. Let’s just say you need a couple of hours, by which time you might be hungry….so go to Little and Friday in Eversleigh Street on your way out of town.   Suffice to say, that their meringues in the take home pack are heavenly-tart, sweet, raspberryish, chocolatety fab. Did I mention the bread and butter pudding?? 014663b166c2dfccc7fefe1f66e00798082957aab1 The new library is nearly finished but it was sad to see that its architect died last week and won’t see it to completion. Ian Athfield houses are exciting and challenging he really had a big influence on NZ architecture.. [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="442"] Artist’s impression of the new library[/caption] I like the quirkiness of Devonport, like the knitting bombing of trees… wish i had done some of it. 01a3f73c8256fe781d7a3eadc0d329a2455e0cccd3 01a892f3751b5ebf3bd9f5bc2d29780eb94277ec23 01d3134c5d86d914b3eaff5a3869c1a9a25500083b 0105c7fdf4de106e899366839f0577efb0850b8616 0126dc8191cccda7c82597beba8ac10fa1e98ec183 Then there is the beautifully restored Old Vic Cinema The Vic Logo A friend has rented the cinema for her child’s birthday party. $150 for the whole caboodle is not too bad and you don’t have to do any cleaning up. Then there is Wild and Woolly I have mentioned several times before, they have beautiful light summer merino in right now. I have barely scratched the surface -there is still the gorgeous prints shop, Nord, the Scandinavian shop, Caroline Sills outlet shop, the gallery, the monthly market, (I’ll be there on Feb 1 and have made some tiles especially for the locals.) I was horrified to discover this beautiful heritage sign has been stolen by some low life so if you see it on trademe call the police! I have made it into a tile for sentimental reasons. 01c3fa8a5352d44a5326e082c410f36c744e4bf58c The craft market is a proper craft market with no crap (well mine maybe, everyone else is a perfectionist. It is definitely the best I have seen.) First Sunday of each month. If you come along please come and say hello. Well I was going to write about all the things to do in Auckland but have only made it to Devonport today. I’ll cover off some other cool places in my next post. Hope you are having a good week. FG        ]]>

Paris terror top most in mind.   Dear God, We rejoice and give thanks for earthworms, bees, ladybirds and broody hens; for humans tending their gardens, talking to animals, cleaning their homes and singing to themselves; for rising of the sap, the fragrance of growth, the invention of the wheelbarrow and the existence of the teapot, we give thanks. We celebrate and give thanks. Amen. prayer deco earthworms How lucky we are to live where we live and able to do the things we enjoy. I think I might watch the tennis final and do some knitting.  FG]]>

Phew Mid January 2015 already

[caption id="attachment_1143" align="alignnone" width="300"]01dd81a45edc20e77b0ecd79afd0dd78ada9b12b73 The lovely new cricket pavilion. I understand there has been a lot of opposition but I have to admit I loved it and the setting was beautiful.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1131" align="alignnone" width="225"]0176348f5c1ba38a768580516c5687a0d43785c9bd A visit to the cardboard cathedral and the memorial chairs for those who died in the quakes.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1126" align="alignnone" width="300"]01cda0f7968ea050daf4a4acab40387fb61e24e871 Beautiful Long Bay[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1127" align="alignnone" width="300"]01fb578e521bc0ce8f5b6117e734dae7ad980942fc Sweet peas, beautiful china and gorgeous food. What more could a woman want?[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1132" align="alignnone" width="300"]01643925848c934e19b7690b09cfb4eb2ec394a1bd A bit of a nostalgic trip to Akaroa as I used to live there for a bit.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1128" align="alignnone" width="225"]0161e7b4549203aa41d08d2d91f283140afb2c9c3f We enjoyed the “stand tall” giraffe spotting and this one is rather special as it was designed by my dear friend Bev’s grand daughter.[/caption] As you know I love Leunig so I was moved to see this at the memorial for the quakes. 015d1324c80f9c6a2d4f60ce7e2df88b8435987b39   No visit to Christchurch is complete without a visit to my BFF and a wander around the township. So good to see the awakening of cafes and music. [caption id="attachment_1137" align="alignnone" width="300"]016a7a3a6acefe05aecafdf70a58cd6fa1194445fe You must visit the slightly mad Wunderbar if you are in town[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1138" align="alignnone" width="225"]0199da372d512301ea837261af16164b1352de4887 Lyttleton’s own giraffe standing tall.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1136" align="alignnone" width="300"]01c6bd0a661716c2c819e55753aaf17b885dd30260 This lovely bar hosted us for a few drinks.[/caption] It is always good to come home and the summer continues with tile-making, knitting and of course, great food. It is such a pleasure to walk into the garden in the morning and pick a tomato to eat. They smell delicious. [caption id="attachment_1140" align="alignnone" width="300"]01a604d7ae81d52b86a16013be947e7adc73adc77c Slightly out of control tomatoes.[/caption] 01d86e39e534293f99edfdb83fcbce18818b09248b 0155dea65232eb5499936469086f76c4d3b4332746 What I’m watching: For fun and laughter the movie What We Did On Our Holidays Loved the cast, especially the kids! And for a  lot less fun and laughter, um none actually, Mr Turner. I enjoyed it but both my companions found it a bit tedious. It is long too. Timothy Spall is great but the character is fairly hard to empathise with. His ex wife is depicted as an old witch but as she has his children you can’t really blame her for wanting him to take an interest and some responsibility. Being an “artist” it seems, lets you away with bad behaviour. Lots of challenges and changes ahead for me in 2015 so wishing you a good year too. As always, I turn to Leunig for advice. 🙂 FG 01e6978059f921541ea770ca1911c52fc9f7da987e FG.]]>