Tuesday, December 07, 2010

the well is dry!!

yes the sun is shining + shining..............and yes what a fantastic start to our summer!!
Don't get me wrong I love summer but we soooooooooooo need rain + lots of it!! I know the townies don't want rain + complain if we get a spit + their washing might get wet!!..........but hey guys we have already run out of water + had a truck load delivered 2 weeks ago!! Today we rang up to order some more water + we were told there is a 2 week waiting list + they are not taking any more orders!! I was shocked to hear this in our free country!! I feel desperate knowing we can't order water but lucky we can hook up to the farm well...........but that too is low!!...........so what happens to the ppl that have no extra supply!!??

So I have trained my kids up to only flush when they do #2's, use wipes to clean their hands + this will probably expand to their faces too, no more showers - back to bathing, I'll probably have to buy in some drinking water + I'll only be washing clothes that are really dirty!! OK i know this sounds extreme but we have to be real about this as there is alot of talk that we will have this fantastic weather for the next few mths!! And of course it will effect our business, which will then effect the local businesses in town..............and so goes on the ripple effect!!

So please do a little rain dance for the farmers + so I know i can have a short dripple of a shower each morning!!

hey while we live on a small supple of water we still know how to celebrate someone turning 6 in our house at the weekend!!

on Saturday Taggie + his friends hungout on the waterslide + ate party food + shared a spidey birthday cake (made by Kev)!!............. real easy party!! Then on Sunday it was his birthday........... we started the day out as Spiderman opening his gifts!!

then later on we went out for dinner + a play at the park!! I must say it was such a easy birthday!!

ok gotta run..........late for a xmas do!!

Thursday, November 25, 2010

in our thoughts

All week I have hung on hoping they would get the 29 men out of the Pike River mine........and to turn on the TV yesterday afternoon + discover another explosion had taken place was so sad.
I sat with a huge lump in my throat + a sad heart for those affected by this tradegy.
RIP all 29 miners.........aroha + prayers to their loved ones.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

i'm doing this!

Kim is such a lovely + talented lady + as well she has a talented team!! Its going to be fun!!

its not too late to join in if you are in the festive + handmade mood!!


Monday, November 08, 2010

just a little bang!!

we don't normally do Guy Fawkes due to the farm animals. I would love to go all out + have a huge bombfire + lots of great fireworks..........wrapped up warmly sipping on some mulled wine.......that does sound very autumn + english like!!

But last night we had a little play at the inlaws!! Kids loved the sparklers + then Kev let off a few things that fizzed pretty colours into the air + then some things that went crazy on the ground!!

It was just a little box of firecrackers my mil brought to share with the kids!! No animals were harmed during our moments of fun!!

Thursday, November 04, 2010

new but old chair + the rest!!

after having a wonderful fabulous day with my lovely friend sitting in her vintage store drinking coffee + eating chesscake I spotted 2 amazing chairs!! I fell in love with them + knew they were meant to be mine!! Paisley has the most amazing shop + very interesting shop!! one week you can go in + there is a 1 person walkway to get through the shop + then on your next visit furniture is moved + a darling table has being set up with a retro table cloth - circles made up different shades of green, a retro tea set (which I would love to buy but its not for sale) + retro glasses. This was set up for me + another friend........it was wonderful + we sat + chatted while customers came in looking!! Sadly i didn't have my camera on me + I always carry my small camera around with me.............next when we do it again!!

So getting back to these chairs!! I took them home + went about pulling furniture around the room to get the right look. I can't show you the whole room yet as its not finished + I'm taking a sofa bed out - which really lives in the scrapbooking/office/ guest room. That room is another story + you can just barely get in that room. Its become the dumping ground!! And we have friends coming to stay this mth from the UK + my family are coming at xmas.........so I need to get my AintoG!!

the chair!!

I couldn't get over the condition of them.........they are in such lovely shape. kev reckoned the previous owners must of hardly sat on them. I'm going to stain the arms + legs black eventually. I had to buy the cushions as well!!

And my birdcage!! Its new but made to look old.

I've had the filing draws for quite a long time but they were just sitting in my scrap area doing nothing. So I paired them up with that little sidetable that I got when Tim my brother passed away 9yrs ago. I'm thinking I'm gonna spraypaint that black too! Now just got to get the perfect side board to go on other wall + get all my art work up that I have stored under my bed!! We have lived in this house for nearly 11yrs + these 2 wall in this room have no pictures or art work on them........not sure if I was scared how to do it or wanting it to be perfect!!??

A few weeks ago I decided to pull out our mircowave that hasn't being going for nearly 2yrs. We had decided not to replace it as I'm not a hugh fan on mircowaves + we hardly ever used it........mainly to melt butter or reheat things!! We never brought it.........it was a wedding gift!!
So I decided to make it a little area to place all my cookbooks in (as they were all lying in a shelf in the island + it always looked messy + did my head in!!)



I need to get the rest of that sticker off!! I love the filing cabinets + they are great for my handwritten recipes + ones I have ripped out of mags. And as this area is deep I have hidden behind the books more recipes books!!

And finally my extra egg holder. I've got one of those wooden boxes that looks like a mini hen house but its over flowing with eggs + I needed something else to hold those extra eggs. A kids red sandpit bucket just doesn't look good on the bench!! So I found in another vintage store locally a few mths back this lovely little enamel bowl. The eggs look perfect in there now + keeps the bench tidy!! I was told that Nest has put out a new range that looks like this..........bet theirs is not as cheap as mine is!!

I just love the thrill of thrift shopping + the amazing treasures that can be found!!

Sunday, October 31, 2010

to Trick or Treat or Treat to Trick?

Halloween.......how I love it!! And why do it I love...........cause I get to go silly + decorate my house + dress my kids up + make fun invites!! So we had held another party at our house last night. They partied hard from 6pm to 8.30pm..........they ran around like crazy, they got wet from bobbing apples + sticky in the face from the jelly eating comp! We fed + watered them + filled them up with sugar + then sent them home!! All 24 of them...........9 couldn't make it!! I didn't mind!!.........lol

The Joker.
Do you love his green hair? How important was it to have
green hair............very important!!! His eyes lit up when I
mentioned that I needed to add food colouring to his
hair to give him the complete look! It got a bit

Shopping bags make the best ghost!!

Welcoming party sits on canvas I made for last years party.

Jelly eating comp!!

Ghost on arrival at front door.

Ruby apple bobbing. And she went as a
Cheerleader this year! How easy was her

Had fun making up wee displays. Not alot of choice in NZ
for Halloween.......but we made it work!!

Girls just wanna have fun!!

My massive web............this was fun!!

Waiting for lolly scramble!! Nothing like sending kids home
filled with sugar!!

The spooky hallway!!

Do you notice there is 1 thing missing?
I have a child missing!
I got no photos of him in his outfit.
But little does he know I will be making him
put his outfit in again so I can get a wonderful photo of
him in his Mad Hatter get up.
There was a bit of confusion for his outfit. He told
me he wanted to go as the Mad Hatter but not the Mad Hatter from
Alice + Wonderland.............der.......the Mad Hatter from Batman!!
But hey he looked cool as the Mad Hatter!!
I hope you enjoyed the party as much as we did!!??

Tuesday, October 05, 2010

can we go on an adventure?

the sun was high, the togs were discarded, the mood was right, the bags were packed + the food was prepared!!

The trio set off on their adventure to the back of the farm.........armed with goodies + the camera of course!! So I take no responsibility for what you are about to see on this adventure.

It starts with one girl taking on the whole world!!

And one boy who dared to share this adventure with 2 girls!! And I'm guessing his sister told him to pose like that!!

Of course there always has to be two fair maidens!!

But sometimes one can be a bit feisty ............and claim her brother ditched + left them behind!!.........lol.......love a bit of drama to the story!!

They passed The One Pine Tree on the track.

And discovered......... a hidden creek.

So last weeks puddles!!
Often you meet travellers at the cross road.

Sometimes you might discover roaming animals.............can you see them?

And these's always a couple of characters along the way passing the time chewing some grass by the barn!!

And after a long walk from the big hill at the back of the farm the adventurers arrive home safely...........needing fresh supplies!!

Monday, September 27, 2010

lunchtime meeetings

to discuss what we will do these holidays..............resulted in the 'Idea Jar'!!
Have to admit I saw this on a blog last week so I must give credit but I can't remember who the blog belonged too (um yes hanging out on a lot of blogs lately......fun!)........ but I do know it was a Aussie blog!! So yes loved the idea + decided this would be great for my kids!!

So the kids wrote down all the things they would like to do in the hoildays.............but there is a but!! They had to pick things they could do around home...........I do believe there is a 'Adventure Jar'......... which includes day trips etc. but for now we are just doing the 'Idea Jar'!!
So now the jar is filled with their little ideas...........for example ......... chalk drawings, do some baking, play a board game of your choice + playstation for 20mins............my suggestion on the time limits for certain things!!

Ruby can't wait to pick a idea out + Finn is hoping for his idea 'play rugby'!! It will be interesting to see how this little idea pans out!!

So today our farm was filled with sunshine + everyone went out to play, skip, run, yell + yelp!!! And I got loads of washing done!! What a difference when that sun shines + warms your face!! It made me so happy today!!

One thing I love about school holidays.........is the late nights I can have!! Last night I watched a French film till 12.30 + then read my book set in Italy till 1.30..........infact finished it! So I felt rather travelled before closing my eyes!! Oneday I will go back!
I'm having a few people over tomorrow so I hope the sun shines down on us!!

Thursday, September 23, 2010

celebrating 10!

Finn turned 10 on the 19th! 10 years......wow where did that go!!
It was a big weekend. Bowling on the Saturday, sleepover with 3 others, dvd, outside in the rain playing ball games + then tunnel crawling in the mud!! It was lots of fun + man can those 10yr old boys eat!!

love this pic of Taidhg..............he had such a good time bowling + was on the adults team + bet me!!

And the cake!! Finn wanted a rugby field. How easy was that!! I was feeling rather overwhelmed with tiredness by mid morning Sunday (told boys to be quiet at 1am + then they were awake at 6.45am) that I forgot to take a pic of cake without candles...........doesn't look as good with candles in. Tasted yum too!!

I made Finn 'Bart Simpson' themed invites. It was like a postcard...........pic on front + info on the back. Simple!!

just a little 'yay' its taken me all week to post this post!! Thank goodness its the last day of term tomorrow.............so looking forward to the hols!!
ps. can you believe it yesterday I was putting the wheelie bin out in the snow + collecting mail!!
I had a great time all by myself!! Snow in my hair + on my face!!

Monday, September 13, 2010


after a few weeks of kids vomiting I was getting a bit of cabin fever!! Which resulted in a bit of a grumpy mummy!! So I felt a bit bad for being the 'grouch' all weekend long + surprised the kids with a afternoon tea party after school. I made little name cards + wrote letters to each of them.

I got the bubbles + moustaches from Elise's blog........a pdf file she shared back when they celebrated thanksgiving. I used the bubbles on Taidhg's birthday invites back in Dec + have used them again on Finn's invites recently.

um yeah notice the lack of home baking......... didn't I mention the word 'spontaneous'

it was fun afternoon...........letters, donuts, moustaches + a teapot filled with juice!!

I saw 500 Hundred Days of Summer last night..............wow wow wow..........I love it!!.........yeah did I love it!!