Flowers from Hubby

Hubby  brought home these lovelies for no particular reason!


Pemberton Corner and area

We came across the following two signs close together and, of course, I was immediately interested in why they were there.

It seems that six Pemberton brothers were the first to settle the Pemberton-Rangiwahia area in 1885 and in seven years it went from a campsite to a town center, with lumber being the main source of income. It slowly became a ghost town, with the Post Office closing in 1924.


This old dairy building was a few meters down the road.
Click here for my post on Rangiwahia Hall.

For some history and early photos, you can click here and you can google historic/Rangiwahia Community Plan.pdf and download the PDF.



When I first arrived in New Zealand, Hubby took me on a whirlwind, multi-week tour of the North Island. I was totally fascinated with the scenery and the buildings and took it all in as best I could with the beginning of my huge photo library. 

Of course, I had no idea where everything was, but he was very good about figuring out where I was talking about when I described it to him.

One of the places he took me was one block off the highway to the scenes below, one on each side of the road. When I first saw these lovely old buildings, I thought it might be old storefronts kept up for tourists to see, as there were very few cars.

Fast forward to a few weeks ago. While coming home from the Kimbolton Sculpture Festival (posted on my other blog here and here, if you're interested), Hubby took some backroads and we came across two  young men who had just pushed a car to the side of the road. 

We picked one up to take him to the next town of Mangaweka (which I didn't recognize or have any idea where it was) to get whatever they needed for the car.  

As we followed the highway, he asked us to turn and go one block over; he directed us to 'town' which was actually these buildings!



It finally happened!!

You know all those things that you put in the top of the closet because you 'might need them' sometime in the future?

Well, a year or so ago, when I bought new sheets and pillowcases, they came in these little cloth packages that matched the sheets. They were cute and looked like they could be useful. Sometime. In the future. So up they went to the top shelf of the hall closet.

Fast forward to yesterday. I noticed my hyacinth bulbs and tulip bulbs were trying to sprout and, in a panic, I looked up what to do on the internet. They recommended putting them in a cold place, like the back of the fridge so they would go back into dormancy.

Not having any paper bags, I knew plastic wouldn't do, so, looking through the closets, I was so happy to see them! I labelled them with a magic marker sharpie, dropped the bulbs in, used the little velcro closer and popped them into the fridge.

Hopefully, they will be OK there until time to plant.