100% cotton light pink, 100% wool dark pink.
Happy Hearts are going to a brand new baby girl…
100% cotton light pink, 100% cotton cream.
Healing Hearts are going to a wee baby girl on the other side of world…
The pale pink is the softest pink ever, hard to capture in a photograph actually as it looks a bit washed out.
But it’s soft and delicate and pretty and perfect for sweet baby girls full of sugar spice and all things nice.
Sending happy healing hearts out to you, where ever you are, this sweet Sunday.
We saw 63 hawks during our New Zealand roadtrip. Not all once, but pretty much every day we saw Hawks. I thought it was really special. For the first 3.
And a little wild black pig ran across the road in front of us. Can’t say I’ve ever had that happen before. I thought he looked like a really cute little piggy, hubby thought he’d make great pork chops.
These are just some of the other things I’ll miss about the beautiful North Island of New Zealand;
~ Pulling up to a servo and having someone come out and put petrol in the car for you. Yep!
~ Two lovely checkout chicks at the register, one pricing the goods and one packing said goods into shopping bags. Just like olden days.
~ Eating Crayfish from a take-away container with a plastic fork. So cheap, fresh and delicious.
Really rolly rolling green hills and huge jagged rocky mountains.
~Stunning jewel coloured beaches of emerald, jade, turquoise and sapphire. Not exaggerating.
~Sitting in a steaming hot self-dug (actually mostly hubby-dug) pool of healing water on the beach.
~ Roadtrip music, crochet, singing and delirious humour.
~ Funky little towns with Art Deco and Yarn Mills. Hello Napier!
~ Cute little hobbit homes with round doors and windows.
~ Merge like a zip road signs. Can we get some of those here?
~ Feeling welcomed in Welcome Bay.
~ Buying 20 homegrown delicious passionfruits from a lady on the side of road for $5, her asking if we wanted Avocados too, us saying no thanks and her just giving us two anyway. For free.
~ Peace and space.
~ Honesty boxes. There are heaps!
~ Quiet walks on beaches and around,
up and down mountains.
~ Perfect sunny days on perfect pristine beaches.
~ Eating fish & chips and watching the surfers.
~ Fish & Chip shops with walls full of vintage photos.
~ Spectacular sunrises and sunsets.
~ Norfolk Pine tree lined streets.
~ Falling asleep and waking up to the sound of the waves.
~ Moody moonscapes.
~ Crafting by the beach.
~ The beach.
Have I mentioned the beach?
Oh holidays, you are the bestest. I miss you so.
Have you got any holidays on the horizon? Where are you off to? Hope the sun is shiney is for you.
The coromandel is beautiful. From jade green to deep sapphire blue, the waters in the bays are exquisite and the beaches divine. But there’s a special beach. It’s steaming hot. A couple of hours either side of low tide, the hot water that sits just under the surface of the sand, is accessible. You hire a shovel like we did, or use your hands, arms or thongs (as some did) and dig yourself a nice big comfy hole. Long enough to get horizontal in, with a nice built up edge for a pillow. It’s your own fresh hot water spa. Thanks to the geothermal activity in the area, the waters are laden with lots of extra minerals allowing Mother Nature to do her thing. The healing thing. Laying in a steaming hot pool of water, looking out onto the cold water beach, listening to the waves tumble into shore is quite a surreal experience. We did it at the morning low tide, quite civilised at 10am ish. And we did it next low tide, with the other diehards at 10pm ish. Imagine taking a hot sandy bath in the dark, lit only by the stars and the odd flashlight from fellow diggers, all the while the sound of waves and a cool breeze is upon you. It was a little bit magic really. It was also one of the most beautiful experiences of our NZ roadtrip. Peaceful gentle natural healing. Healing just doesn’t get any better than that. No wonder Lonely Planet reckon it’s one of the worlds top 10 beaches. It’s certainly won its way into my heart.
Passing through Waihi we stumbled into a big Hot Rod Show. I think every Hot Rod in New Zealand was there, it was huge! The main street was closed off, the sky was blue, it was hot like summer, there were hot rods everywhere all gleaming, polished and shiny, some dudes standing next to ‘rods with their chest puffed out all proud, local market stalls and shops, little kids all excited on school excursions, bands playing Elvis and Rockabilly music, ladies dressed in their finest full skirts covered in polka dots, sausage sizzles wafting thru the air, the joint was jumping! Waihi was bursting at the seam with happy activity.
No I didn’t jump on a plane and fly to California! This sunset photo was taken out of the car window from the side of the road in Napier. Yep, Napier. There’s a street lined with these iconic tropical palm trees, and we just happened to be on it when the sky turned on this vibrant sunset beauty. There’s another main beachside road that’s lined with really big old established Norfolk pine trees too, it’s stunning. And there’s the roaring beach, with huge waves that smash into the little black pebbles that line the very steep shores. We stayed a couple of km’s from the beach and could still hear the waves crashing into shore during the quiet wee hours of the night. All that in a town that’s full of beautiful classic Art Deco architecture too. Oh and the freshest yummiest fish & chips. Not to mention a yarn mill. A very cool stop on the NZ roadtrip.
Art Deco architecture, or Art Deco anything really, is quite beautiful. Classic lines and shapes that bring to mind an iconic era in history. You can be lucky to spot a nice building or two, or even three, around towns and cities in general, but here in Napier you are spoilt. There’s a couple of strips around town where every second building takes you back in time. There’s a few that are sadly a bit mismatched with modern awnings and shop signs reminding you that it’s 2014. But some are pure old school from front door to pressed metal awning ceilings. And they are just beautiful! What a delightful treat it is to wander the pretty streets of Napier. Jolly good show old chap!