Monday, 26 December 2016

The Festive Season is upon us......

...and for us here in New Zealand this means SUMMER HOLIDAYS!!!

The last week of work was manic, I was so busy that for the first week of my holidays I plan to do very little. Catch up with friends, catch up on some sleep, and catch up on some reading. Sounds good doesn't it.  Anyway the build up pre Christmas was a little like this.

With my living tree decorated I threw together
a Christmas front entrance display!

I took my good friend Leonie (who is back in NZ for a few weeks) to see the Trees @ the Meteor which is a annual event that I enjoy going to. Nothing Traditional here, all recycling at it's very best. We then went out for coffee and cake and a little bit of Christmas shopping.  Such a nice way to spend with my oldest friend, as in since we were babies, I shit you not, that long!!

 Our weather was warm enough for more frocks, sandals and sunglasses.

The Sweat Peas have continued to bloom and little Miss Autumn made a nest among the fragrance.

It would seem that my Hydrangea is on Growth Hormones as this year it is HUGE!!

I got goodies from Goody!!
Thanks again darling Jenifer!!

I rescued a Preying Mantis from a Spider Web.
You're welcome.

We had some welcome rain that my garden eagerly drank.

The Sun returned.

And the flowers bathed in the sunshine.

A Tomato Faerie left some plants on our door step.

Both fruit and nuts are growing well in the garden. 

I finally found my Wings.
Just waiting for my Halo to arrive now.

TOF had a birthday two days before Christmas so the Spare and I took him out to Ten Pin Bowling.  Turns out TOF and I are absolute crap at this game now.  But the view down the mighty Waikato River was outstanding.

With my tripod and remote we attempted a family photo, after a dozen or so shots we settled on this being the best.  Some were too funny, but I was told not to show and tell.  

Christmas morning after a hearty breakfast and the exchanging of gifts the lads and I took the dogs for a run on the beach out at Raglan.  TOF was creating delights in the kitchen for lunch.
Plenty of Surfers were enjoying a Christmas day surf at Manu Bay.

Because it was only about 9:30am we pretty much had the beach to ourselves.

The dogs had a ball running in and out of the ocean which I might add was lovely, not cold like I expected it to be.  It was so nice to get that coastal air into my city lungs.

Needless to say there were some tired,
wet and smelly pooches in the car
on the drive back home.

We had a late lunch with TOFs sister and family which was beautiful but we will all be living off left overs forever.  That part I hate, too much food!!  But I love my SILs (sister in law) garden, she like me loves gardening so we retreated to the garden to get out of the dishes!!!

Her puppy Ginny has doubled in size and loves me.

My SIL even had Festive loo paper!!

Today, Boxing Day has been spent sleeping and snacking on leftovers, watching cricket on the TV and drinking tea. Yeah we live the high life around here.


Where ever you are and how ever you celebrated or didn't celebrate Christmas, I hope you and your family and friends had a lovely day enjoying things you like to do.  All I know is the casual approach to this time of year works for me, I do not like fuss and stress.  And I never listen to people that tell me not to show and tell.




Poppy Q said...

Merry Christmas to you all Sue. I had a quiet day with family friends with lots of food and laughs.

Love your photos, they made me smile.

Julie and poppyq

Beth Waltz said...

Merry Christmas to you and your loved ones, Sue, including those with fur and feathers.

What a glad and glorious holiday you had at the beach. Please take this as a compliment -- I could smell the dogs!

Nancy J said...

Merry Christmas, love that family photo complete with hats to match. Lovely garden goodies, and I hope you get some wonderful days of rest and fun.

Melanie said...

Hahaha - that's laughter of appreciation. Excellent post - as usual. Your family photo is definitely a winner, cracks me up! Of course the last one is the best.

Now that mantis will be beholden to you for its life, which may be up to a year in all. Hmm. Well done.

I love the butterfly photo. Excellent backdrop.
So much frolicking and sunshine and flowers and friends. Thanks for this blast.

Leeanne said...

Looks like a top notch relaxed holiday time for you.

Leeanne said... the wings.......I have some, but you might be like me the halo is out for us!!:-)

Goody said...

Merry Christmas.
I love the family photo!

Fiona said...

Sounds like it's been a good one. Top family photos ...and xmas loo roll!...far out. Seems we had the same sort of weather on xmas day, although yours would have been about 20 degrees warmer.
Happy New Year Sue.

Polyester Princess said...

Such a lovely post, and amazing photography as usual. You're a very talented photographer, Sue. It takes a bit of getting used to seeing Christmas being celebrated at the height of summer. Oh, how I wish I could wear my summer frocks! Your Hydrangea is looking fantastic. Mine was huge too last summer. Must be a good year for them! xxx

kiwikid said...

Beautiful nature photos!! Love the family photos, especially the last one!!

Mim said...

Merry Christmas, Sue! A summery Christmas holiday sounds fab - though it does leave you with nothing to brighten up a dull winter. Your winters are probably nicer than ours; we need Christmas to cheer up the wet and dreary British winter. I shall enjoy your summery Christmas through your photos instead.

Vix said...

It always makes me laugh in Goa when I see palm trees festooned in tinsel and the poor priest sweating his cobs off wandering around in a red fleece Santa suit and fake beard. Xmas in Summer is as odd to us as a wintery one is to you.
Glad you had a wonderful one, I love your multi faith shrine. xxx

Raewyn said...

Happy New Year Sue!! Great to see you had a happy Christmas... hope your break has gone well...have a great 2017!!!

freckleface said...

Well, it's time to wish you a Happy New Year now Sue. Hope you had all the rest you wanted and plenty of fun too, and hope 2017 brings you lots of happy times. It's so lovely to see your summer from a distance. Xxxx