Friday, 11 January 2013

Summertime in Russell

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We've just returned from another
few days away.
This time up north to 
Russell in the Bay of Islands,
a beautiful part of New Zealand.
I've shown you photos before
as we always spend time up
here during summer. 

(click on photo to enlarge)

A view of the bay at low tide
from the deck with
just a few seagulls mulling about.

We enjoyed some wonderful
sunsets while sitting on the deck
each evening.

I hope you are all happily settling
into the new year
and keeping snug and warm
if it's winter where you are!

Tomorrow I will share with you
our family's favorite chicken recipe!

Linking to
James' Weekend Reflections

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Take care and
be kind to one another.


  1. You made me drool of your weather. I am from the Philippines living in Stockholm, Sweden for more than half of my life, but still not adapting the winter.

    I can't wait for the recipe. A good recipe for the week-end.

    btw, been reading your since awhile.
    I will link your blog and follow you too.

    Enjoy & have blissful w/end.

    /CC girl

  2. Dearest Shane,
    You did start the New Year off in a very positive and sunny way.
    Love your photos.
    Hugs to you,

  3. Your homeland certainly IS a beautiful place dear Shane.

    It is always nice to get away!

    Thank you for sharing these photos and have yourself a really lovely weekend too!

  4. Dear Shane,
    this was a very beautiful post for me ,here in the middle of winter, snow and cold- and you can relax in such a beautiful and sunny place-must have been wonderful!
    Thankyou for this warm and beautiful photoes Shane.

  5. I can see why you head North each summer. A lovely spot in Russell indeed...very beautiful. Was it very hot while you were there? We had a 35 degrees here through that time which brings it's challenges when you're a gardener!!! Love, hugs & friendship for the New Year Shane...Catherine x0x0x

  6. Oh how beautiful, Shane. I pray I get to visit your country one day!

    I have to tell you I saw a cute Austin Mini car at a gas station the other morning. I asked the man where he bought this yellow, steering wheel on the British side, car. He said, I bought it in North Carolina but it's originally from New Zealand. I sure can spot them, can't I???? Made me think of you. xo

  7. Shane, This looks like such a beautiful place! Thanks for visiting and I am a new follower.
    xx, Sherry

  8. Such glorious color on this gray winter day here.

  9. Looks like a beautiful place Shane. Wonder if the sun ever come back to our part of the world. For weeks now it's grey and cold.

    Have a nice weekend and enjoy the sun and your beautiful country.
    Hugs and love Yvonne

  10. Hi Shane, what beautiful pics of your getaway. It looks like a glorious spot. Thank you for sharing as I am gathering info for our anniversary trip next fall. It helps to see this wonderful posts of vacation spots.

    Wishing you a wonderful new year and thank you for stopping by today and your kind comment. Going to also join in the link party you shared too.
    Have a grand weekend.
    Hugs, Celestina Marie

  11. I enjoy seeing your photos of your trip. The place looks like a peaceful spot. Did you stay somewhere close to the beach? You mention 'the deck' so maybe that means you did. I love the first photo and the shades of blue and the sunset is stunning, too.
    Happy weekend whatever you are doing!

  12. what a lovely getaway Shane. mmmm...I can just smell the ocean and hear the waves and the birds...thank you for the warm up on a cold and damp day here in NE PA!

  13. Looks like you had a lovely trip to a very beautiful area. I was working on my post today for the grow your blog party. My oh my how time is flying by. Best wishes, Tammy

  14. Hi Shane .... what a wonderful break you have had and to be able to sit on your balcony and watch these wonderful sunsets would have been the icing on the cake. Beautiful.

  15. certainly is a great place to start the New Year Shane,...



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