6/10/2018

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.

Yay!

6/07/2018

Eltham toy wall

This is a hidden gem in the town of Eltham, Taranaki.


This bizarre but beautiful artwork began in 1997, when Fay found a child's toy car on the ground outside her home. She popped it atop a concrete wall for the child to find, but when the unclaimed toy kept falling off, she cemented it on.

After that, other children asked her to add their toys to the wall.
http://pukeariki.com/Learning-Research/Taranaki-Research-Centre/Taranaki-Stories/Taranaki-Story/id/458/title/wall-gives-life-to-old-toys


There are more toys inside the well. 


Next to the Toy Wall is this lovely little concrete village.




For more information, click here.

5/11/2018

Rangawahia Hall

On a backroad somewhere in the Manawatu area we found the Rangawahia Hall which is
about all that is left from a town that is no more. 
Laying along the edge of the building and dotted around the side were these tiles, obviously made by children, that tell some of the stories of the town's past.
Among hundreds of results about the hiking trails in the area, this article is all that I could find about them.

































4/16/2018

Colville tennis court

When I first arrived in New Zealand in 2006, Hubby took me on a whirlwind tour of the North Island over the first four weeks I was here. 

One of the places he took me was Colville on the Coromandel Peninsula. 
We parked across the street from the General Store, next to the tennis court and I noticed that they were raising money for a new court. 

Now, I don't know about you, but when I see signs like this, I do wonder now and then if they ever got enough money to do what they wanted.

Fast forward to earlier this year when we decided it was time to go back for our holiday.
The first thing I looked for was the tennis court...

I was very pleasantly surprised to see that they had succeeded in getting a new court or two!