Rotorua Government Gardens

I love the architecture of this building! 

When we were there in 2006, the gardens looked like this:

Sadly, last April, most of the lovely flowerbeds had been turned to grass.


Urenui Beach

Oyster catchers


Winner of the giveaway!!!

Thanks so much for all the kind comments that were left by my regular visitors and those from MommySnacks.net
I wish you all could win!

The winner of the Paua necklace set is:
Dawn from
Don't Know Much about Photography,
in Canada!

Dawn, you can email me within 7 days at tenfootheart at gmail dot com with your address.

Thanks again to everyone who commented!


Winged creatures

I don't usually see more than one Tui at a time, so these three that were having a loud discussion were a treat.

This dock obviously doesn't get much use.

One pair of black swans was preparing to run off the other pair. It was quite a sight.


Avon Bowling Club entrance

The English version of 'bowling', also called 'lawn bowling' or simply 'bowls'.


My 200th post is almost here...

...and I thought it would be fun to celebrate with a giveaway! This paua (or abalone) set includes a   pendant (about 35mm or 1.5 inches) with pierced earrings (about 24mm or 3/4 inches). Set in sterling silver.

For every picture you comment on in my photo blog (this one) between now and midnight, 23July (NZ time)  you will receive one entry into the drawing. The winner will be announced on the 24th of July. Good luck!


Stony River

The first time Hubby and I drove over this bridge, we had a giggle when we both said, "Gee, I wonder how that river got it's name!"

This is a one-person suspension bridge which is part of the Stony River Walkway. Unfortunately, the walkway was closed due to all the rainfall of late.



The kids are always adding to my 'collection' of shells.


A view from my walk

I see this view of Mt Taranaki every time I walk near the house and, finally, remembered to take the camera!