Friday 30 April 2021

Wow, What a Great Last Day of the Month of April!

Wow, oh wow, oh wow, look at this huge parcel that has arrived.

I'm glad it is the right way up...

I wonder if it is for me?

How to open it I wonder.

Climbing up, I am sure I can manage it.

I wonder what is inside?  Dare I hope?


It is!!!!


I love it!

I have wanted one of these for soooo long.

How do I get it out of the box though?

A little while later....

I can't quite believe it.

I have to keep blinking to make sure I am not dreaming.

Isn't she beautiful?

What?  No of course cars are 'shes'.  Didn't you know that?  Just ask Dad.  

I know, I know your car was a he, but mine and Dad's are 'shes'.

I'm driving in my car

just driving in my car.

I have wanted one of these since I first saw one in July 2013 when I saw it in the USA.  You can read about it here: USA:Henry Visits some American Girls.  Good things DO happen to those who wait. 

For a bit of fun, here is a video of my box opening.


Sunday 25 April 2021


Today is ANZAC day and in New Zealand and Australia it is a major holiday celebrated every year to mark the service of members of the armed forces who have served, fought and died for their country. ANZAC is the acronym for Australia and New Zealand Army Corps, the World War One army corp that fought in the Battle of Gallipoli.  They landed in Gallipoli on 25th April, 1915, thus that date became the date for ANZAC day - a day of remembrance and the anniversary of the first major military action fought  by both New Zealanders and Australians during the First World War. 

In Remembrance (and we MUST remember!) of those brave people who fought and died for our FREEDOM, I planted a Callistemon citrinus 'White Anzac'  which seemed very appropriate.  We planted a red bottle-brush plant a few weeks ago, so it will be lovely to have a white one as well. 

It looks nice and healthy but is definitely ready to be planted.

I select a place to plant and start digging.

I think the hole is almost big enough.

There you go little Anzac bush.

I stand quietly for a couple of minutes in quiet contemplation for those ANZACs

Thank you for your service.

After planting the remembrance bush I go for a little stroll round the garden.

We have bluebells in the orchard.

I sit in one of the apple trees that is covered with ivy.

So nice up here.

The log store, all full for next winter.

Look at all this wood we collected!

The rosemary is in full flower.

It is way taller than me!

But very fragrant and full of bees which is good.

Back inside I change into something representing New Zealand.

Today is ANZAC day - We must remember.

My little white memorial cross given to me by 'Pop' in NZ a few years ago.

It is very special to us.

Please spare a few minutes today to remember those brave souls who fought for our liberty, freedom and rights... don't forget... we have much to be thankful for... but we mustn't give it all away, our ancestors didn't give up their lives for that to happen.

We must remember them.

Saturday 24 April 2021

Walking with Henry

What a lovely afternoon for a walk.

Henry thinks as he wanders through the woods.

In the trees

Wandering along the path

Having a breather

A swing!


...look at me

What a view.

Hmmm...seems someone has had a fire. 

Down the rope.

Down I go.

Ah, now this is the life.

Relaxing on the beach.

Admiring the view.

While listening to the waves lapping against the shore.

I wonder if I will see any boats?

I sit for a while...

...but don't see any.

I suppose I ought to think about continuing my walk.

Along the path I go.

A spot of rock climbing...if you look carefully you will see me.

Steady as I go.

Fortunately there are so good foot holds.

And places to put my hands to help me climb.

Almost at the top.


Aren't they pretty?

I feel so small against the expanse of the sea.

Oh what do we have here... oil beetle

There she goes.

Looking across the fields I can see what looks like a number...

... not quite sure what it is, but there is definitely a circle and something else before it.

A final view and I can see some ships!

A very good afternoon walk.