Thursday, January 24, 2013

Finally.... some photos

1. West coast black sand beaches = HOME
(you can just see snow capped Mount Taranaki in the background)

2. Black Angus with Pohutukawa in flower in the background!
(using some instagram filter)

3. Pohutukawa in flower
(afternoon sunlight)

4. Fitzroy beach fun with kids and cousins!
(my childhood beach)

5. Christmas dinner - NZ style
(all the kids together)

6. Daily Tip Top ice creams

7. Little Miss Nikita and my gorgeous niece, Caitlin
(Pukekura Park, New Plymouth)


9. Nikita posing on the perspex bench seat - Pukekura Park

10. Hanging lights over Poets Bridge - Pukekura Park

11. The Big Dig - Ngamotu Beach

12. My all time favourite view
(I never tire of this)

Finally I seem to be able to upload photos onto my blog!  As usual, most are scenes or the kids as I am the one manning the camera.  All are taken in my home town of New Plymouth.  I miss this place dearly and never realised just how much I'd like to live there again, and after spending 5 whole weeks in New Zealand the desire is stronger than ever.  I miss this gorgeous view (above), there is something very special about it that gives me a sense of belonging.   I miss the beaches, the fine black sand, the rugged coastline, the surf waves, the native trees, the beautiful people!
All in all, I am homesick!
I have been back in Australia for just under a week, as usual life picks up where you left it and I am back running around like the headless chook that I am taking kids to swimming lessons, organising school uniforms and stationary bla bla bla.
 I did, however, received a gorgeous parcel of joy from our 
As always, all gifts are spectacular!
You know I'm gunna be making you another dress now!
Mine and Nikita's new Christmas presents!

and lastly, a photo taken on Tuesday evening from Mount Porepunkah looking towards our closest bush fire which is currently burning behind Harrietville.  Our friend in need, Elvis (the water bombing helicopter) has been flying overhead continuously over the past 48 hours.  Lets hope this is contained asap.
Anyway, it's time to supervise the kids in the pool.
Chat again real soon.
Dee xox


  1. Oh Happy New year Dee!!!!!!
    We just loved your home town, it was one of our favourites!!!!!
    Love the new bicycle!!!!
    I hope the fires stay far far away, take care.
    Love V

  2. That blue floral fabric is gorgeous! Please tell us how you fixed your photo problem - I'm having a devil of a time with mine...

  3. Beautiful scenic pics the black sand beach with Mt. Taranaki in the distance.
    Homesickness.....blah!! Horrible stuff, i remember how homesick I was when I lived in Auckland...wonderful experience, but!!
    Sounds like you just had the best time....did you find many op shop treasures? I hope so.
    Love the pic of you Porepunkah bikies!!
    Parcels in the mail are always you're looking forward to the start of the new school year!!
    Stay cool....

    Claire :}

  4. I love that cycling picture! Looks like we grew up in much the same place - although I spent most of my childhood in Stratford rather than New Plymouth (I did go to New Plymouth Girls High though). I can totally relate to the black sand feeling like home though - white sand beaches just aren't the same!

  5. What beautiful photos, Dee - I'm not surprised you feel homesick for those gorgeous beaches and the stunning views of the mountains and your extended family.
    Love the pic of you and Nikita on your bikes!
    Sarah sends the most marvellous parcels, she's a STAR!
    Hope you are getting back in the swing of being home, and that the fires die down/stay away. xxxx

  6. Beautiful photo's i loved those lanterns i bet they look gorgeous lit up at night. Im not surprised your feeling home sick it looks like a wonderful place. They always so home is where the heart is. I pray the fires dont reach you. Loved your photo of you and your little girl on your new bikes. Enjoy and have fun. Best wishes, dee x

  7. Darling, what heavenly photos!
    O, we are blessed to live in such a gorgeous country, I can't believe you left it behind for the bright lights of Aus! Well, I can, plenty do, I'm just the rarity who came the other way!!! I have a couple of friends in New Ply, and am gagging to more than ever! XXXXXXXXX

  8. I'd be homesick for looking at that incredible mountain, too. Kellie xx

  9. I love your NP photos! I spend a lot of time in the Naki, and the scenery combined with the opshops is enough to pull me back every time.


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