Monday, December 14, 2015

Manuka in bloom

According to Maori folklore a long, hot summer is ahead when the manuka flowers early.  It's in almost full bloom at the moment and that is a bit early.  

That won't be good for the family from a farming point of view but we will have the perfect place for spending those long hot days.

Tomorrow my twin grand-daughters turn 17. Today my son and daughter-in-law are working flat out finishing a wooden deck alongside the dam, where the girls will gather their friends for their party.  The deck will for the base for what we will grandly call the Lake House.   It won't be flash but it will eventually offer shade from that hot, summer sun.  It's a work in progress.  

Danny and Heather have already built a wooden jetty for launching the raft they had a lot of fun building.  It makes the perfect runway for energetic young people to launch themselves. 

A couple of days ago the emphasis was on erecting and tweaking a flying fox.


My younger son has arrived home from Brasil, his girlfriend arrives later this week.  So this year all my family will be here for Christmas.  There will be camping beside the dam and lots of water based activities.  I am already happy imagining the fun the little boys will have with nets catching frogs and tadpoles.  

Let's hope the weather is agreeable.  

It's been nearly a month since my last post.  The break wasn't planned, my interest just waned.  I'll just wait till it waxes again.  Which probably makes no sense to anyone except me. 


  1. Hi Pauline, happy birthday to your granddaughters. The deck looks like it is going to be a wonderful place for some fun and I have enjoyed all your photos. Wishing you and your family a very happy time together.

  2. Merry Christmas Pauline. I look forward to a long hot summer but sympathize with you farmers cos it's no good for you. And as you say, it is too dry too early.


  3. It sounds like things a looking good for Christmas and the summer.

  4. Love those happy warm shots. Winter here has been very cold :) If you like you can also link up with "Through My Lens" today.

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  5. I'm exhausted just looking. I don't know why but I thought Manuka was a type of bee.

  6. Many happy returns of the day to your granddaughters, and a Happy Christmas, and i hope you have a great summer in the shade by the dam!

  7. It's looking fantastic. A far cry from the pool in the creek!

  8. I hope the bees are living up to their name, too, and are busy now that the manuka is in bloom.

    I love the deck...what a wonderful area all of that will be...I'd be moving there permanently! :)

  9. I completely understand all about the waxing and the waning Pauline! Oh what wonderful fun - as only a dam and a farm can provide! brilliant! Happy Holidays Pauline.

  10. Oh, I see fun times ahead! Love the looks of your countryside!

  11. Hello Pauline,

    My goodness the girls are 17, a big Happy Birthday to them both. I do like the "Lake House". Have a wonderful Christmas with your family I expect to see a photo of you jumping into the dam.

    Happy days.


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