Monday, 10 March 2014

Summer in the Bay of Islands

During Summer we love to spend time in
Russell in the Bay of Islands.

It's a pretty little seaside village
which until a few years ago was
unknown to the outside world.

Now it is a destination for the many
cruise ships that sail to our waters
from November to April.

I'm linking to
Karen for Sunlit Sunday
Mary for Mosaic Monday.
I hope to see you there!

Thank you all for popping in here to say hello.
I will try and visit you during the week
I've got a lot of catching up to do!
I appreciate your thoughtful comments.

Take care and be kind to each other
   Merci à bientôt



Mary said...

Shane, lovely pics of that special place. Friends in Brisbane have a little country getaway there and always sing the praises of the Bay of Islands. I didn't know cruise ships visited though!

Love the hollyhocks - I'm planning on planting seeds this Spring but of course as they are bi-annual doubt they'll bloom until next year.

Up early this morning awaiting the carpet installers around 9 AM - will be so glad when this day is over!

Happy week dear - Mary X

Jeanie said...

It looks delightful! Wish I could join you in person!

Dagmar said...

What beautiful photos you have shared worry about catching up, just drop in to say hi when you have time..hoping your week will be wonderful!

Vee said...

What a pretty community! Should I be concerned that it has been discovered or pleased?

Pamela Gordon said...

Oh how pretty!! I love the pink and white and green. And I love hollyhocks. What a lovely place to visit!

My Little Home and Garden said...

Hello, Shane

Your collages are beautiful. I love the pink hollyhocks and flowering trees in the first one. I didn't have any of the former bloom in my garden last year and hope they reappear come summertime. Meanwhile, the snow is lingering.

Thanks for bringing a slice of one of your favourite place to Sunlit Sunday.


Jen Ham said...

Such lovely photos! A bientot! xoxo Jen

Lorrie said...

Oh, what a pretty place. Is that a jacaranda tree I spy in one of the photos?
I hope your week at work goes well, Shane.

ellen b. said...

such beautiful images to see during the soggy days we are having here.

Michelle said...

Gorgeous photos Shane, it will have been at least 15 years since we have been to the Bay of Islands.

Marilyn said...

This would be near my friends and it looks gorgeous! The hollyhocks and blossoming trees are just a breathe of fresh air at the end of our winter. Thank you for the images of what is to come here. Just lovely!

Dorthe said...

Looks like such a pretty and lovely place to rest and enjoy summer time.
I love the hollyhocks, and have some in my garden ,too. The tree looks amazing ,too dear Shane.
Wish you a great week, my friend.
Hugs, Dorthe

Haworth said...

What a beautiful seaside town, Shane! I live on the coast and can't imagine not having the sea nearby. Russel sounds (and looks!) absolutely charming.

Haworth said...

P.S. I'm so envious of those Hollyhocks! I've never been very successful keeping them in my garden.

FredaB said...

I love hollyhocks and the pink ones in the picture are so lovely.

The only area we missed in NZ was the Bay of Islands. We spent too much on the South Island andjust ran out of time. Enjoy it for us.


Patricia said...

Such pretty pictures, and I love the jacarandas (?) and hollyhocks. Russell Island does indeed look special. Have a great week, Shane xx

Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Shane,
Lovely photos and I'm wondering about that lilac colored tree... what is it?
Enjoy the season for as long as it lasts.

Draffin Bears said...

Dear Shane,

I love your beautiful photos of Russell - isn't the Bay of Islands such a gorgeous place. The white cottage with the hollyhocks is pretty.
Happy Thursday

Donna said...

Hollyhocks! One of my favorites!

retriever said...

Preety place and foto, here spring arriving 21 mars in Belgium

Donna said...

What a gorgeous place to visit OR live!
Hope you manage to keep it a secret a tiny bit longer!


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