Sunday, 29 January 2017

Five on Friday - Summer Down Under

A bowl of Catmint and Lobelia
enjoyed by both Mr and Mrs Goosey Gander and
the visiting neighbourhood pussycats!
I've observed several cats eating both the tips of leaves
and flowers - hence the alternative name of Catnip!

Chimes in one of the gardens I visited last year.
This country garden was filled with bird houses and feeders
all beautifully crafted by the owners.

The Light Between Oceans is the first book I've read this year
and I loved it!
I know the film is already out but if you haven't seen it yet
do try and read the book first.
 It is set on an island off the south west coast of Western Australia.

Boats moored at the new marina in Tairua, Coromandel Peninsula.

Photo courtesy of New Zealand Herald

This photo was in our newspaper last week.
I couldn't resist showing my friends in the northern hemisphere!
It was taken at a ski field at Cardrona in the South Island
where there was a freak snowfall in Summer!!!
Usually at this time of year the mountain
is a haven for day trippers - mountain bikers and walkers
clad in light tee shirts and shorts!

I'm joining Amy for
Five on Friday
(sorry I'm late Amy)

Take care and
be kind to one another

à bientôt



  1. A freak snow storm in the summer. That is bizarre. I'll have to read that book.

  2. Oh that snow! Not what one expects from NZ in your Summer season!

  3. What a surprise hat must have been! We are still in the grip of winter but not with snow. Thank you for the book recommendation. I have been looking for something to grab my attention.

  4. These photos at the top are so inviting. Especially since it's snowing and very cold here today! Lovely to visit your summer space!

  5. Wow. quite a snow storm for an island. I'll have to catch the movie as I have too many books already on my pile. But I agree with you that the book is always better.

  6. I always enjoy seeing glimpses of your summer during our winter. The freak snowstorm, in summer, no less, is quite something!
    Oh, The Light Between Oceans. I wept buckets reading this. It's so beautifully written, but so heart rending. I don't think I can bear to see the movie.

  7. Oh that snow storm picture is amazing - something we normally only see in North America or Europe. I do love the sculptural effect of the snow on the outdoor furniture. And the Mr and Mrs G are adorable sitting there with the pretty plants. Happy Sunday xx

  8. Dear Shane,

    Lovely to see your beautiful photos and yes, couldn't believe seeing the snow down South at this time of the year.
    Hope you are enjoying the perfect weather and in time for the long weekend.
    Enjoy your weekend

  9. What a perfect snowfall . . . if it weren't for the date! The weather seems topsy-turvy all over the globe.

  10. How fickle the weather can be - no snow here all winter so far.
    I have made a metal note to read the book and watch out for the film - thank you.

  11. 'Love the photo of your geese with the cat mint! How pretty! -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

  12. Wow how crazy about the weather!!!! I am going to read that book soon. I heard it is fabulous.
    Thanks for the review. Have a great new week ahead.

  13. I love your snow picture - crazy climate!
    The book is here, waiting for me to read it- looking forward to it :-)
    Seeing your summer picture - I so much want this winter to end!
    Have a good week, Shane,

  14. Great photo. I was surprised to see the snow one especially since it is summer there. Have a blessed day. Madeline

  15. I wouldn't mind a snowstorm in Sydney in the middle of this summer.

  16. It is amazing to see the snow photo knowing that you are in the middle of summer! We still have some mounds of snow left here and there and some ice on our ponds...definitely mid winter here near Portland, Oregon, USA :)

  17. Seeing that snow made me feel right at home! Must say I liked the garden pictures a lot

  18. Book sounds lovely i will try to find movie as book take sometime to reach here in our country .
    description of bird feeders and bird houses is so nice .
    thank you for beautifiul photos!

  19. I was going to say how lovely it was to see summer in your part of the world, and then I saw the snow...... Very odd isn't it to have snow like that in the summer and so much of it. Must have been very cold indeed. Fun to see though from over here!

  20. Happy New Year,Shane,
    Your snow photo surprised me! We have not had snow in my area for three years. I like to see beautiful snow scenery here though. Those boats and the blue sky in the summer, they are beautiful!I hope your 2017 will be full of happiness!

  21. Well I loved all the pictures except the snow one!!! We are in winter here, and I'm tired of the cold weather and snow. I love the combination of catmint and lobelia in a pot! Very pretty. And all the sunshine coming through on these pictures....I can feel it!
    Happy summer!




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