Monday, 23 June 2014

The Winter-less North

We've had four wonderful days in
the Bay of Islands
also known as the "winter-less north" of
New Zealand.

The days were warm and still
and the evenings quite cool.
As you can see roses are still in bloom
but so are the camellias
and the sweetly fragrant earlicheer daffodil!

The poor flowers aren't sure if it is
winter, spring or summer!

I've shown you lots of images of Russell before.
Top right of this mosaic is the Soren Larsen
a brigantine tallship used as a sail training ship,
brave young people atop the mast
learning the finer points of sailing.

I'm joining Mary for Mosaic Monday
Wishing you all a happy new week
I'm feel re-energised and ready
for another three days at work!

Take care and

be kind to one another

  Merci à bientôt

Shane x


  1. Beautiful blooms, lovely images. I love the harbor shots, the tall ship is wonderful. Great post, thanks for sharing. Have a happy day and week ahead!

  2. Hi, What pretty images today in your mosaics. I hope you have a lovely day.

  3. Looks like you had perfect weather. I am heading up north at the end of the week - just one night at the Copthorne at Waitangi though. Will go up to Kaitaia first to catch up with friends.

  4. Such pretty images Shane. I never tire of the beautiful flowers, especially if they are pink! Glad that you had a lovely few days in this charming area. xxxx

  5. Absolutely beautiful photos - you do our region proud! It has been a lovely mild week, glad you enjoyed your stay :-)

  6. It looks so beautiful and idyllic there. Love your photos.

  7. Blessings and much love
    Beautiful postings
    Love Jeanne♥

  8. Your title "The Winter-less North" sounds like an oxymoron to me who lives in the northern hemisphere. Kind of brain twisting. But fun. Gorgeous roses, still. Glad you enjoyed your getaway. Have a wonderful week, Shane.

  9. Beautiful photos in your mosaics. The flowers are so pretty. I could stand that kind of winter weather for sure! Have a great week Shane.

  10. Camelias are such beautiful flowers. You have such a nice variety blooming now. I hope you have a wonderful week my friend!

  11. Lovely collages of your garden flowers and the seascapes. Glad you feel energised and ready for your week. I hope you have a good one.

  12. Beautiful collages! I wish I lived in a winterless that the same as living in a summerless south? ; >

  13. Shane the photos of the flowers are just beautiful as are the other photos. Have a blessed day. Madeline

  14. Such beautiful pics -that lavender is just lovely too.
    Have a happy week xx

  15. The flowers blooming at the beginning of winter must delight your soul. Enjoy the last blooms, they are beautiful. Since I am a water girl, I love seeing the water photos on your blog. Thanks!

  16. Dearest Shane,
    Lovely escape from the winter feeling and surprising what all is blooming in the winter-less north.
    Who does not love such views, also the sailing boats on the water...
    Enjoy your week.

  17. Gorgeous ohotos Shane, are you off to France again this year? I hope you are going to have a wonderful week!

  18. A winter-less location ... how delightful, that's where I'd like to live. beautiful pics and mosaics Shane.

  19. Gorgeous photos My brother went to Russell last year. I piece of NZ we haven't seen yet. Beautiful roses It is a lot warmer than down south here

  20. Very pretty images in your mosaics - love the lavender inside the picket fence. Hope you have a good week! xo Karen

  21. Shane, is it winterless because of geography or are you having a very light winter? I'm not terribly familiar with the geography where you are -- but the photos are lovely!

  22. this looks like such a peaceful and beautiful place. Love that tall ship but there's no way I'd be up on the mast-yikes!

  23. Very pretty photos - great job! Thanks for sharing them.
    A Winter less location sounds great the older I get.

  24. Such beautiful images. I love the gorgeous flowers and garden. Be still my heart because I adore flowers. New Zealand is a lovely country that I hope to see someday, however, the long flight there from here gives me pause. We meet two couples from New Zealand last September on a tour of Italy and they were delightful.

    Thank you for your very sweet comments on my grandchildren and hydrangea posts. I am so glad to meet you. I am impressed with your tag blog! You are very creative. I didn't get that gene.
    Have a great week.

  25. I am crazy. I already know you. My age is catching up with me and I do read and follow so many blogs sometimes I goof and think I am reading a new blog. I am already a follower of yours. Please forgive me.

  26. Oh what a beautiful post ,dear Shane. Amazing that so many flowers are still blooming ,and looking so very lovely. Here we celebrated midsummer, and everything is growing wild , only we miss rain !!!
    Hugs,from Dorthe

  27. Beautiful photos Shane, the Camellias are lovely and the Lavender. The shots of the boats were also wonderful. Hope you have a good weekend Shirley

  28. These are beautiful images you gift us with, Shane. Hope you are enjoying yourself these days.

    I've been busy sprucing up our home and hate to miss all of the wonderful blogs I follow.

    Sending much love!!

  29. "Winter" doesn't look so bad there Shane - glad you had lovely days for your getaway.

    I'm back now and trying hard to get back in the groove of everyday living. I'm thinking of getting a job at sea, I love it so much, haha!!!!!! Of course I'll stay away from tall ships, don't think I'd do well on the rigging!

    Happy weekend - we're just off the edge of the big hurricane "Arthur" racing up the east coast - some wind but not too bad here.

    Hugs - Mary

  30. Beautiful roses! Beautiful scenes!

  31. So lovely to visit you and get to see some of your beautiful homeland dear Shane.
    Your photos are always a treat!
    You were very sweet to pop by my Magpie's Nest and leave such a sweet comment too. Thank you for that.
    I hope you are not working too hard dear lady...
    Life certainly can be full and it is a challenge to try and do all the things we'd like.
    Sending great warm (((hugs))) your way ~♥~ you take care



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