Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Summer at Home

Herne Bay

What a view and wouldn't it be fabulous, but here is mine:


Binoculars anybody?!

It is so nice to be home.  Since my last 2010 post on Christmas Eve, I feel like I've had a lovely time enjoying summer with family and friends, which I thought I'd share with you.

We had Christmas Day with Pete's family where the girls had a fabulous time dancing with their cousins and running along the beach.  I really did make that Ottolenghi salad I promised; it was surprisingly easy, delicious and actually looked just like the picture.  Success!


Roasted Sweet Potato with Pecan and Maple

We drove down to Te Horo to catch up with good friends who now live in Singapore.  They have 4 beautiful children, and theirs and ours spent 5 days running around the land, swimming in the beach and just being kids.  We celebrated the New Year watching the sun set over the beach...




...eating, drinking and having a fabulous time just being together.  We then drove down to Wellington and met 2 new cousins - one 8 months and one 10 days old (gorgeous)!  We took our time getting home, taking the girls swimming along the way.  Okay, anything to stop the "are we there yet" questions 5 minutes on the road!

But then it's always good to be home.  We have sat around the table together...




...and had daily trips down to the Point Erin Pools which are only 2 minutes' walk away...




...and finally tackled the weed-fest that is was our front garden.  I know I should have taken some before shots, but quite honestly, it was too embarrassing.  Needless to say the weeds were significantly higher than the box hedge!  The mess it was can only be evidenced by the skip waiting to be collected (hello Waste Management)...



Yes, that's a lot of weeds!  But look at the result...




Look...no weeds!



So the next task is to choose some "ground cover", also known as "something to hopefully restrict the inevitable weeds growing back".  Will keep you posted on progress (before said weeds sneak back).




So, it's now time to start thinking about the exciting year ahead, but in the meantime here's a picture of holiday time in our back garden (including my washing on the line on the right there)!




While I procrastinate and stay in holiday mode, happy holidays x.


Image 1: Karen Spires blog;  Image 3: Ottolenghi;  Image 4: Bookabach;  Image 6: Auckland Council;  All others my photos.

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