Sunday, 10 February 2019

Travel Bag!

Thanks to Aunty Marti, Mum made me a travel bag this morning for my little travel companion, Abel, much like the one she uses to take me on my travels.


I'll be able to put any treasures I collect while out and about, and it means I will be able to have my hands free for using my camera, climbing or just hiking etc...

Saturday, 9 February 2019

Packed and a New Travel Friend!

Time to start sorting through my other clothes to decide what to take with me...


Gosh, I've got quite the pile here, and this is just a fraction of my wardrobe.



So first things first, I will need some shorts and t shirts.


These are the ones I've chosen.The two pairs of shorts on the left are my two newest pairs that Mum made me in January.  The blue shorts with white t shirt are what Kendal bought me for my first trip to NZ back in 2012.


Hmmm, thing seems to be missing....oh I know!


My favourite Pukeko shirt will go with my new shorts too.


Something smart to wear 'just in case'...I wonder, do I need two shirts?  I'll pack two for now.



My raincoat of course.


Now, this is a difficult one...do I pack these in case I need to help Pop?  


Not sure if they will fit...it is all pretty well packed in here now.


The apron should fit...


Yup, I can get that in.  I wonder where the rest of my tools are though?!


Really don't think these are going to fit in though.  Perhaps I won't take them.  I've got plenty of other clothes.


All fits.


Oh, hello who are you?


Look I have a new travel companion.


I wonder what I shall call him.


He is a cute fellow.  I think I will call him Abel, after Abel Tasman the first explorer to find New Zealand.


There you can sit there for now with Troji.

Only 9 days left before we go.  I am SO much more organised than Mum is.  She hasn't done any packing or anything yet!  I think I'll have to help her.


Wednesday, 6 February 2019

More Packing Preparations.

Having sorted out my beach wear and equipment yesterday, I turned my attention to footwear today.


I sorted out what I'm going to take:  I will definitely need my  Wellington Boots (Gumboots in NZ) as if it rains I will need them, my walking boots made especially for me by Jean Jensen back in 2012 I think it was and my red trainers which are my go to footwear.  I've already packed my sandals  into the beach bag.  

Only one pair of socks Henry?  Oh, you have a pair on and the other pair are currently in the wash.



Now what else shall I sort through?


Oh my laptop, now I might need this,

Don't forget Henry there is no internet access at Pop's house.  

Oh, you can use it if we go out to the knitting group can you?  That is probably a good idea, then you won't get bored if there is no one to play with.


Look at all my badges I have collected over the years.  They all represent places I have been.


The Olympics when they were held in London.  A Welsh Dragon when we went to Wales.  The Sailor when we have visited Ship Museums, and of course The Sailor himself who will be taking us round his boat in Auckland.  The Koala from when we went to Australia and of course a Kiwi.


Flags to represent other places we have been or live. Plus my Sheriffs badge from Tombstone, Arizona. 

I think I have some more badges somewhere that I haven't added to my bag yet.  I must see if I can find them.




Tuesday, 5 February 2019

I've started! NZ Here I Come...

I've been busy going through my clothes box to find things I want to take to New Zealand with me. I missed going last year due to my falling and lack of hair issue so am excited to be going again this year.  I've selected a pile of things that I now have to go through and sort properly as quite obviously I can't take them all!



I think I will sort out my beach stuff first.


Bucket and spades - probably can't take all the digging tools, so will have to choose a couple.


Swimming shorts, towel, beach bag and sandals - check.


Hmm....what have I forgotten?

Oh I know!


My sunglasses and hat of course!

That will do for now, I will sort through some more things tomorrow.

Wednesday, 30 January 2019

Snow on Wednesday

There was a little bit of snow last night and today was a beautiful day, so we headed out again, this time to a woods local to us.  


Still a bit of snow on the ground.  Glad I had my boots on!



Up here there was no snow...I guess it had melted.



There was still snow along most of the tracks though.


Shame there wasn't enough to build a snowman!

Tuesday, 29 January 2019

Trees on Tuesday

Two outings in two days!  Yeah, it was good to get out again today.  Rain was forecast for today...originally it was snow, but then it changed to rain, but this morning was nice so we took the opportunity while we could.   This time we walked from home and didn't have to drive to get to the park which is only just over a mile away.


There were plenty of trees to scramble over and up.


Today I discovered my coat was reversible so thought it would be fun to wear it with the other side showing.


I'm also wearing my new jeans that Mum made this morning, but you can't really see them.  


I find some snowdrops by one of the small ponds.



Standing on one of the big rhododendrons.  These look fabulous in the spring when they are in flower.



The lakes were partially frozen, so not much to see really.


The sun was out a little bit though as you can see my shadow.


All in all another pleasant morning out.  

Monday, 28 January 2019

A Walk in the Park

The sun was shining brightly, the sky was blue, such a beautiful morning that we decided to go for a walk in a park near to us.  We did have to drive to it unfortunately, and were reminded about how long it can take a relatively short distance because of traffic and various road works!  But it was worth it.  So although I am not on 'holiday' it almost felt like I was.


Fallen logs to walk along



Leafy paths to roam.


I wonder what I shall see round the next corner.


Some pretty flowers.


Hellebores I believe.




The little canal is running well and there was even a little waterfall.


I remember when I played pooh sticks with Lottie when she came to stay, a number of years ago now.



I stare out across the lake


the blue sky reflecting in the lake which looked extra blue.


Soaking up the sunshine


Such as you do.

Before too long we had to set off back home though as the car was needed.

A really lovely morning though, and so good to get out in it.