Monday, 4 February 2013

A relaxing beach weekend

We spent a relaxing weekend with friends
at their bach 
(that's our term for a kiwi beach house)
for my non-New Zealand friends!

The location is Tairua on the
Coromandel Peninsula.
Their property is on the inlet
and a short walk across the other
side of the road is the ocean beach.

Today I'm sharing my photos of
the inlet side.

All along the coastline
Of New Zealand are these
beautiful gnarly old trees called
They are a New Zealand native tree
which we affectionately call
the New Zealand Christmas tree 
because of its
beautiful bright red flowers which
bloom in December.

Today I'm joining Mary of
The Little Red house for
Please pop over there for a visit!

Thank you so much for visiting.
Please leave me a little comment
so I know you've been here
and then I can come and visit you too!

Wishing you all a happy week.

Take care everyone

be kind to one another



Tina´s PicStory said...

so lovely pics! the last one is wonderful :)

eileeninmd said...

I am envious of the beach and summer weather. The trees are cool looking! Lovely images, thanks for sharing. Have a happy week ahead!

Louise Michie said...

This looks like the perfect place to relax and catch up with friends. So green and pretty. A paddle in the water would be fun.

Pondside said...

What a wonderful tree - just gorgeous!

Ingmarie We said...

What a lovely and special tree! And so nice to hear about your beach-weekend.

Gardening in a Sandbox said...

A gorgeous tree when in bloom. Lovely views of your area. Valerie

Lavender Cottage said...

Looks like a nice place to stay Shane and I love the character of the gnarly tree.

Snap said...

Shane, what a wonderful place to visit and thanks for sharing a photo of the Pohutukawa in bloom ... spectacular! I see why it's called the New Zealand Christmas tree!

S. Etole said...

What an intriguing tree.

Michelle said...

Oh my! Thank-you for sharing that last photo that shows where the tree gets its common name; it's just stunning!

Donna said...

I love old gnarly trees like that!

Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Shane,
Lovely tree, we know it from Indonesia and it is even available here in the USA, in California. The last picture you used is from Floridata, showing the tree in Hawaii:
The latin name for this gorgeous tree is: metrosideros excelsa.
You had a lovely time at the beach, that's for sure!
Hugs to you,

ellen b. said...

These photos make me wish I was there! Beautiful!

Diana Seal said...

Wonderful photographs, what an amazing place and a beautiful tree! I wished I was there, it's cold and snowy around here!
Have a great week!

Love Of Quilts said...

While reading I was thinking I am going to ask her to post a picture of the trees in bloom....then what do my eyes see but the trees in bloom. Very lovely trees.Thanks for shareing I have learn something new today.

Dagmar said...

Hi Shane, lov,ey post...we saw these same trees in Sri Lanka..they are are stunning with their red flowers..just lifts yours spirits up!
Have a wonderful week.

Lorrie said...

Beautiful photos. I love trees. These are so interesting!

Hanne Bente said...

Lovely pictures!
Thank you for sharing) Hanne Bente

Annabelle said...

We live in London and have visited family in South Island each year for the past ten years and love NZ. The tree is amazing. I often see the flowers in the local markets and it lasts weeks in water. Lovely photo. x

Patricia said...

Beautiful photos of a great weekend, especially the beautiful red tree. Coromandel looks like a lovely spot.

Magdalena said...

That looks wonderful - it seems like a dream to live so near to the beach.Here it's cold and rainy!
Have a good time!

kathyinozarks said...

good morning, I enjoyed all your beautiful photos-loved that gnarly tree

Linda said...

what a beautiful place-and to have the inlet and the ocean-wow!


Shane, Your photo of your beach trip are all very lovely. I love the one with the trees reaching for the Sun maybe and that gorgeous red blooming tree. Just beautiful. Hugs Judy

Dorthe said...

A beautiful tour with your friends, dear Shane,- such wonderfully green surroundings,-and the gorgeous ocean behind.
The old trees are amazing, and oh so beautiful when blooming.
Thank`s for a lovely look with you.

Linda said...

A lovely collage of your relaxing weekend. The photo with the upturned boat caught my eye and the tree in bloom is stunning.

shirley said...

Oh, absolutely stunning photos! I love that gnarly tree.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

What gorgeous photos and the photo of the two trees at the end is amazing! Your beaches look a lot different from in Florida!

Rhonda said...

You've taken me on a wonderful trip. How glorious. I would love to visit your country one day. Thank you for visiting today, you made me smile my sweet friend. Xoxo

Miss Gingham said...

Oh what a lovely relaxing time you must have had at your friends 'batch'. Love the pictures of the tree and how good that it flowers at Christmas time. xx

Marie Lost Bird Studio said...

Thanks for the wonderful tour,dear Shane.The tree is amazing.
Have a wonderful week.

Denise at Forest Manor said...

Hi Shane,

What a beautiful coastline you have -- Wow!! I love to see pictures of other countries; it's just fascinating to me. I'm glad we got to see a picture of the "New Zealand Christmas trees" in bloom. :)

Thank you for visiting me from Mosaic Mondays and have a wonderful week!


Icy BC said...

Gorgeous photos and such a beautiful place to see!

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Shane,

I know you must have had a wonderful time down the Coromandel and yes, haven't we been lucky with the weather. Yesterday was perfect with not a cloud in the sky.
Do hope that your husband is enjoying his time in the boat and yes, that he stays safe.

Happy Thursday

Tammy@T's Daily Treasures said...

What a lovely getaway. And those trees in bloom are just gorgeous! Best wishes, Tammy

~*~Patty S said...

I have fallen so behind, but am feeling better and having a nice time catching up

your getaway looks beautiful and magical and very restorative



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