Saturday 10 January 2015

Five on Friday...

I popped in to say hello to Amy at 
and discovered she hosts a Friday party called

It seems to me like a good way to look back on
what has happened and where I've been over the past week.
It is a weekly photo journal that I can
email to my family in France as well.

Two weeks ago we did a little road trip
from Auckland to Palmerston North...
1000km in total... not so little!

I wanted to visit my elderly Aunt and my cousin.

The weather that day was dull and overcast
not good for taking photographs
but great for travelling - not too hot.
We passed by Lake Taupo which is a mecca
for trout fishermen and women.
In fact people come from all over the world
to fish here!

We stopped at the southern end of the lake
for a picnic lunch.
There are beautiful streams and fishing pools
just a short walk through the bush.

Driving through the central plateau
there are three mountains
Ruapehu, Ngaruahoe and Tongariro.

I took this photo of Mt Ruapehu out of the car window
(flying along at 100kph!)
I was hoping the cloud would lift
so I could get a better photo for you - sorry, no such luck!

The day after our journey
we took my Aunt for a drive through the
beautiful Botanic Gardens.
Palmerston North is well known for it's rose gardens.
I was impressed, the garden was immaculate
all the roses are named.

I was back at work this week...
it's always hard starting back after a holiday!

If you would like to join Amy's
Five on Friday
the link is at the top of this post.

Take care and
be kind to one another

Merci à bientôt



  1. Wow, that was simply beautiful.. Love seeing your part of the world and what a wonderful linky party.. So nice to imagine a picnic here in the frozen North.. smile.. xo

  2. That is a nice road trip and the rose garden is really beautiful. Quite a variety of landscape in that 1000 kilometres! Have a nice weekend and week ahead, Shane.

  3. I can't tell you how lovely it is to see your sailboats and roses to one who is in a world of white right now! Happy Day!

  4. The rose garden looks delightful Shane. I like it when specimens are named at public gardens for it helps when you see something you like and want to purchase it for yourself.

  5. Wonderful pictures of New Zealand. It´s been 15 years since we were there and it makes me longing to go to New Zealand again.

  6. Shane, your photos are great.
    Thanks for sharing your trip with us. It was like I was right there with you. Have a blessed day. Madeline

  7. Not a little trip at all but definitely through beautiful country!

  8. Enjoyed your photos of a land I'd love to visit. I've seen this blog meme on other blogs.

  9. Looks and sounds like a good week Shane. The botanical gardens look beautiful. So much colour! REally miss it here. Can't wait for spring to arrive.

    I see you are reading the new book on Winston Churchill. Is it good?

    Have a good weekend!

    Madelief x

  10. Thank you for sharing your trip with us, Shane :-)
    Happy 2015!

  11. Lovely pictures from a beautiful country!
    Have a happy weekend, take care...

  12. Thank you Shane for letting me share your trip. Such beautiful countryside. Lakes , mountains and miles if open space. Loved the rose garden, as I'm sure you do.
    Enjoy your weekend.

  13. The Botanical Gardens are amazing. I love to visit them and yours are sure beautiful.

  14. Despite the gray, there was lots of lovely things to see and do on your trip. Best wishes, Tammy

  15. Dear Shane, speaking about dull weather. It looks far better than in Holland. The botanic garden looks fantastic! All those roses.. We have to wait for four months. Groetjes,


  16. Hi Shane ... what lovely snaps from your car window especially the mountain shot with low lying cotton-ball clouds ... just super. You have a wealth of roses in your part of the world so the trip to the Botanic Gardens would have been a real treat for you and your Aunt.

  17. Your not-so-little drive led you to some very pretty sights. Thanks for sharing them with us. Although you may think that a dull day, it's very bright in comparison with the weather around here lately!

  18. So lovely to take a look back on your week with you! Thank you for your e-mail, I haven't done anything yet, but I will and will let you know how I get on. I really do appreciate it! xx

  19. Hishane, this looks like a bwwautiful week! Thank you for wonderful pictures!
    Have a happy new week,
    Love and hugs
    Claudia xo

  20. The botanical garden looks like a very lovely place! I do like the effect of the clouds on the sky in the photo with the sailboats.



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