15 May 2017

Oh Dear......

Oh dear.......this small cerulean warbler must have flown into a window this morning and is lying dead on my deck. Poor wee thing.
According to my bird book we last caught sight of one in the garden in 1991.

But life goes on and the first warm day saw my old lilac tree starting to bloom

and a newer ( about 7 years old ) 'Yellow Bird 'magnolia tree 

looking very healthy
Summer?    bring it on.

09 May 2017


I'm a sucker for old industrial sites, mills, factories all over the world but Belmont Estates in Grenada must be   the prettiest I have visited. It's a working plantation that dates to the 17the century.

Tools of the trade.

My grandson Oliver feeding the goats,  they make a great goat cheese here.

The nutmeg and mace is trundled out to dry in the sun.

Better explanations here,

On to The River Antoine rum distillery 

I though Oliver was going to fall into the vats.

Great machinery from Derby, beats me how they got it all the way to the Caribbean in  tiny sailing ship.

It was the end of the working day and the staff were enjoying a perk of the job.....about 95% proof I should think.!

I contented myself with a bottle of chocolate rum, should have photographed the colourful label but Im afraid its all gone now. ( see pics here  and here )

07 May 2017

Signs of the Times

A sign in the entrance to Fresh Choice supermarket in Nelson,New Zealand. A pity some North American supermarkets dont follow this example instead of displaying cheap sweets at kids eye level.

However, I did laugh at this sign on the roadside by The Deep Sea Sport Fishing Club !!!  ( my exclamation marks ) on Rarotonga.  The DSSFT has changed their hours.  It used to state ' Happy Hour All Day ' until a neighbouring bar advertised  'All Day Happy Hour' !

Not sure what a 'flash design' is, but I have missed it as the offer was for December only. Also on Rarotonga 

And dont forget my alltime favourite sign.

03 May 2017

Trying something new

Since sales are so dismal in my etsy shops

I thought I would try styling the photos a bit differently

I usually just use my mani and am now experimenting with  incorporating  some clothing and props .

Not sure if it will help, specially with all the changes that are going on.
Time will tell.

25 April 2017

Oh No!

My favorite UK clothing company.

 I have been a loyal customer since the 1960s - I wore a pink and white check wool suit to my engagement dinner.
The first present I bought my husband came from the Regent Street store.

The items were well made and last a lifetime, but I guess folks dont want that now.

20 April 2017

Market days

I do love a local market,  here are some images from a recent trip.

 Saturday morning in Rarotoga.....there are always dance demonstrations from the local  schools,but I need to figure out the video on my camera!

 Large general market in Nelson, New Zealand,

Also Saturday morning in Whangarie,

where the local Suzuki students were entertaining with a bit of Mozart.at 8 am.

Whangarie is also stating a mid week market, just a few stalls  for now, but lots of potential.

Evergreen Brickworks summer outdoor market stating soon,I have my work cut out for me if I am to be ready.

17 April 2017

modern sculpture

Warning....mainly photographs.

Earlier this year I had to stay in Los Angeles for a few days.

I was fascinated by the variety of hydrants (?) that I walked by on my way to the supermarket.

 Perhaps these will help me get my blogging mojo back.

14 March 2017


A splendid ,large wall hanging at Whangarei Central Library. 

A vibrant field of hand knitted ( and perhaps crocheted )  poppies made to commemorate the Anzac Day centennial

Apparently this was made by a local library staff member - that's all I could find out.

I love it, so warm, tender, hands on and sad.

Come on Whangarei, give me more information.

Re-think......perhaps the fact that the maker is anonymous makes it all the more poignant.

23 February 2017


Backtracking a bit to show you some images from Rarotonga last month.

Timely, dont you think!

The cutest thrift shop in the world. in a beach hut...still going strong.

Saturday morning market....

you can't go wrong with that background.

15 February 2017

Jogging along

My mini-etsy travelling shop has been jogging along.

A few sales that give me an excuse to visit any Op-shop I come across

 and an opportunity to seek out Kiwi post offices. I like the small POs best.

Neat 1950s ties are about, more than in Canada I find.

09 February 2017

Busy busy.....

Its all happening,

in all kinds of weather,  

at all times of the day and night,

beneath my kitchen window,

in Port Nelson, New Zealand.

   The tugs chugging out tell me there's going to be action!

I never tire of the activity

even when the crashing and banging of loading and unloading of containers keep me awake all night.
In fact, I find it rather comforting.

Off to the North Island next week.

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