Wednesday, November 6, 2013

We went for a party

It was my son-in-law's 40th birthday party that took us all south to Taranaki.  As he's Canadian, he decided to have a Canadian theme party.   The team from the north decided to dress up as an ice hockey team (how do you like that fearsome hockey stick?) with our own cheerleaders.  It was a team effort by Heather and me to get those uniforms ready, lots of hours sewing, painting on lines and drawing logos.  Heather finding the helmets in the $2 shop was a real stroke of luck.

Let me declare that I have now worn shorts for the last time in this lifetime!

I stayed on when the rest of the visitors returned home.  Bill and his brother, who was visiting from Canada, took off for a tiki tour, so I kept Justine company.  She was selling her cupcakes at a local garden in the Powerco Taranaki Garden Spectacular so I got to visit some really impressive gardens.   Shame the mountain was hidden by cloud most of the days I was there.  
Stanleigh garden where Justine set up shop 

I would have been happy to camp in the little cottage in the garden.  Cute, huh?  The cottagbe, not me, silly!

Mangaoraka Terraces

 King's Garden

On Saturday I had Aiden for company and, as luck would have it, chose the perfect garden to visit with a little boy.

The first part of the garden we saw didn't promise much excitement for a boy.

But luckily I am always attracted to the sound of running water and we discovered a little stream with steps leading down to it, bridges across it , then more steps up the other side. By the time we came to about the third bridge Aiden was striding across the bridges with great confidence.

 I used to love to take the twins and Georgia on Bear Hunts.  Do you know that book, "We're going on a bear hunt, we're not scared"?  They may have grown up a lot since then but I don't think I have.  Aiden and I had an exciting bear hunt.  He was a fearless bear hunter, brushing aside the undergrowth and encouraging me to "Come on, Granny, come on!"

Running on ahead to make sure there were no bears.

We didn't see a single soul in this wild part of the garden.  Just as well, we were a bit noisy.  We ended up coming to the very back of the garden and a sign declaring the garden beyond had been abandoned and would be redeveloped in the future.  Two year olds can't read but know a good bear garden when they see one, we ventured in.  

 And we found the bear hut!

 That was the best day out I've had in a long time.

I think it was later that day that the mountain almost came out of hiding.


  1. These pictures are fine. I wonder what happened last time.
    Your eyes before the party look like mine do after a party.

  2. The best is touring a lovely garden with a grandchild. They do not make enough of those days.

  3. What an outing. That mountain is great and the woods so amazing looking. I can see why it was a fun time for you!

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  4. Such a beautiful country... New Zealand. So different than mine in so many ways.
    Glad you had a good celebration and I LOVE the photo of you on the porch of the little cottage. Charming place.
    Beautiful mountain.

  5. Hello Pauline,

    What a lovely post, Happy Birthday to your SIL. Can't believe how fast Aiden is growing up, you had me singing that bear song, don't know how many times I have read that book in the past. So many green photo's!!

    Happy days.

  6. When people write books with titles like Great Days Out they miss the wonderful simplicity of days such as this. If I had a good enough memory I'd love to write such a book just for myself. I know that it would contain lots of very simple days and that things like Niagara Falls would not be in it.


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