Monday, August 17, 2009

Signs of the times

After my folks visited I noticed I took a lot of pictures of pictures of ships at the various museums we went to on our North Island tour.

A few months back we took our first trip to Wellington. P and I were only there for one day before riding the train back to Auckland (details on that trip to follow). So what do you do if you only have one day to spend in Wellington? You go to Te Papa Tongarewa, Museum of New Zealand, even though you know you won't get to see it all in one day.

Of the pictures I took at the museum I again noticed a theme:

Afterall, you are what you eat.

I'm just glad there weren't any pictures representing a predators diet.

I'm quite sure calves do not get their milk from buckets.
Neither do we, for that matter!

This one is my favorite.
Who uses a toothbrush as bait?

Watch out baby fish- I think that big momma is going to eat you!

(The next picture would show a big fish filled with the eaten baby fish - see what I mean - predators are not as cute as the vegeta-bull!)

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Flower Power

It is pouring rain as I write this, but spring is just around the corner (and just down the street and crawling out of the cracks in the driveway!)

Welcome Spring!
Stay as long as you like!

Our 45 minutes of bliss just keeps on going...

The ultimate proof of spring:

a daffodil.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Here a Tui, there a Tui...

See ya later, Tui!

Ants! Tuis! and more Flowers!

Flowers, flowers, ants, flowers and a tui - all easy to find on our street! We are lucky, lucky people!

What passes for entertainment around these parts

How do we spend our time here, you wonder?

Well this past weekend we went to visit our Brother-Husband (BH), Sister-Wife (SW) and Other-Kids (OK) on Waiheke where they now live. SW seems to have the swine flu. BH thinks she caught it from Daisy and Snippet. (Lies! Terrible Lies!)

To liven our spirits we had pigtail party:

That one's going on the Christmas card!

That blank spot, above, represents the story that will not be told here about how B, for not the first time in his life, had national rescue forces called in his behalf and against his knowledge. Let's just leave it with don't watch Solo, wherein a tormented (and quite possibly mentally ill) man decides to kayak from Tasmania through the wild Southern Ocean, braving great white sharks, 60 meter swells, and "salt sores," whatever those are, to nearly land in New Zealand only to die 30k offshore when his kayak rolled and sunk, and then watch your husband happily snorkel out of sight and not return for a really really really long time.

Sunday we got chased by a gang of sheep on our way to explore Stony Batter:

And now it is back to the grind until my next weekend off! Can't wait!
Hope you are enjoying the flower pictures!

Flower Therapy

After a hard day at school and work it is nice to wander through the neighborhood in the sunshine and look at all the flowers!

These are the pictures we took of all the flowers we saw today on our street. There will be more pictures soon.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Things we found Lurking and Skulking around the neighborhood... part 1

While it is still midsummer back home, here it nearly almost spring.
Want proof?