Wednesday 3 February 2016

Messing about in boats

Last Saturday was Auckland Anniversary day
a holiday celebrating my beautiful city on the water.

Each year there is a yachting regatta on the harbour
The first regatta was held in 1842
so this year was the 174th
Anniversary Day Regatta.

Children learn to swim at a very early age in New Zealand
and it's wonderful to see the young ones
join the regatta in their little sailing dinghies.

There's even a fun race for
 the hard working tugboats

A Royal New Zealand Naval frigate
was one of the mark boats for the racing yachts.

The sun was shining 
and there was a reasonable breeze
making for great sailing conditions
just what Ratty and Mole would love!

Take care and
be kind to one another

enjoy whatever you do today

à bientôt



  1. Dear Shane, I can almost smell the salt air! What a gorgeous day! Mimi xxx

  2. Oh Shane...your pictures are just stunning! What fun it must have been to watch this Regatta!
    Sending you love...

  3. What a fabulous day!!! Looks like great fun with perfect weather. Ratty and Mole would have loved it for sure! xx

  4. I do long for the Summer! What evocative photos...lovely!

  5. What wonderful photos, NZ is famous for its yachting and it's no wonder why..we haven't seen one sail boat here in Thailand since we have been here, strange isn't it?:)

  6. Deaerst Shane,
    so many wonderful pictures!
    And also pictures from a story I really LOVE ..Wind in the Willows .. Ratty and Mole ...they are so wonderful . ....Thank you so much!
    Have a great week, my dear friend,
    Love and hugs,
    Claudia xo

  7. Must have been a most wonderful day there, dear Shane.
    So beautiful to see the boats on a blue sea, and with only a little breeze.
    I love you started and ebded this post with the Wind in the Willows, l.ove the drawings :-)
    I hope you have a lovely rest of the week, my friend.
    Hugs and love from Dorthe

  8. Beautiful photos. Lovely day for the regatta. Have a blessed day. Madeline

  9. What beautiful scenes of the boats, especially the first one of all the sailboats. It must have been a very fun day of celebrating.

  10. What gorgeous photographs, dearest Shane, I'm still amazed by them, thank you for sharing this ebvent and its unique beauty,
    sending dear love to you
    with all my heart

  11. How I envy you. It's occasions like this that makes me miss the coast. But I was not a good sailor. When we lived in England we were always within a short distance from the coast. We always went to the summer regattas. and sometimes Mr France and our son took part, I stood on the shore watching. But there's something about the sea, hearing the waves rolling in.

  12. It looks like a beautiful day! Just gorgeous photos...

  13. What lovely photos of the regatta. I grew up on an island half a block from the ocean and boating was an important part of our family's history. My great grandfather was one of the founders of the yacht club and after retiring from the army he restored boats and turned some of the boats into a fishing charter business. I miss being close to the ocean!

  14. What gorgeous photos! You should print some of these out or make cards from them. WOW! Hugs, Diane

  15. Dear Shane,

    Beautiful photos of your day out on the water and haven't we been lucky with the weather. It has been so hot and lovely.
    Love the sweet sketches of Ratty and Mole and always enjoyed reading the Wind in the Willows.
    Many thanks for the kind visit to my blog and the lovely words you left.
    Aren't we lucky having another long weekend again, Enjoy Waitangi weekend

  16. What a beautiful day it must have been. I love the Wind In the Willows. xx

  17. LOVE the Wind in the Willows! Thank-you for that memory, and your beautiful photos.

  18. I loved Wind in the Willows as a child - still do actually!
    Glad the weather was lovely for your day of celebration - oh yes Shane, you do have a beautiful city and I so want to come back for a longer stay!! It's so great that the kids all learn to swim and sail while young. It was like that in my coastal town, except I couldn't afford sailing lessons! Was a good swimmer though!

    Hugs from very rainy but quite warm Raleigh.
    Hugs - Mary

  19. Dearest Shane,
    Those are the joys of summer; sailing on the water!
    Lovely photos and glad you enjoyed your special day.

  20. love, love, love all the boats on the water-great photos and oh what fun!

  21. How I would have been there right with Ratty and Mole enjoying this regatta. I just love water activity.

  22. What a gorgeous day and fun event! Oh, I should have loved to been there -- is there anything more lovely than a flotilla of sail boats agains a blue sky and blue sea?



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