Friday, July 23, 2010

Roll on Summer

Still wet & rainy in NZ.  Yesterday we woke up to a small flood in our bottom paddock which kept rising until the river started to overflow it's banks.  The cows were safe on high ground. They are so inquisitive & kept checking out the water.  Our house is quite high & well out of the flood zone so nothing to worry about. This happens from time to time when we have constant torrential rain.  It had receded to just a small pond this morning.  Roll on Summer I say.

Seeing all the Summer pages on SBF got me scanning some of the old photos of when the kids were young so of course had to scrap a page LOL.

The one below is our eldest Vincent when he was 1 year old taken in January 1973. This little guy loved the water & was totally fearless. Mmm sounds like my grandson Gage LOL. Anyway I digress. We spent most of our Summer holidays at a rugged West Coast surf beach called Piha where my husband Bryan was a volunteer Life Guard.  When we took Vincent to the the waters edge he just crawled on in. The waves would wash over him, I'd pick him up & wipe his face. Put him back down & he'd be straight back in again. Man you had to watch him like a hawk anywhere near water.  Being able to scan & scrap these old photos brings back such wonderful memories.

I scrapped these photos twice, The 2nd time I played with the colour.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Greetings from a Wintery NZ

Winter has finally set in here in New Zealand with some beautiful frosty mornings over the last few days. At least they turn into sunny days even if it is still a wee bit cool for my tastes.

It doesn't snow in Auckland so I shouldn't complain as at least I get to spend more time scrapping.

Finally got to tidy up the vege garden for Winter this weekend. A bit late I know but up until now it seems to have rained every weekend since Autumn. Got rid of all those weeds, hubby dug over the patches not being planted, then we spread sheep pellets & finally a layer of pea straw to keep the worms warm so they can work the ground over the rest of Winter.
Lots of self seeded lettuce growing so we can still enjoy our salads which is a good thing when one is trying to lose weight. A continuous battle there LOL!

School holiday's in NZ at the moment & we enjoyed the company of our grandaughter Darcie for a few days. Watched her play soccer which is always fun. Reminds me of when our kids were young where every Saturday morning was spent at either Soccer, Rugby or Hockey.
Took her to see the last Shrek movie which I think was every bit as good as the 1st.

Running a series of Art challenges at Scrapbook Flair over the next few months. Love seeing how creative the members are. The 1st one of sketches has produced some amazing works of art.

That's about it for now - Mary