Sunday, February 14, 2016

A walk in the garden


Over the Christmas/New Year period I had to take one of our clients (I work for St John) over to Hamilton for dialysis several times. This always involves a very early start and then a wait of 5 - 6 hours before we head back home.

On the day after Boxing Day I had delivered her by 8.00 am, and I headed for the Hamilton Gardens, one of the most beautiful public gardens in this country. It was still lovely and cool, with a haze to the sky which would clear later to produce a blistering hot day.

Click on the photos to see them in more detail.




Part of the entrance-way:




You can visit a number of walled gardens reflecting the style of various countries. 
Romulus and Remus are outside the Italian garden:




A section of the colourful Indian garden:




Part of the lake in the Japanese garden:




A corner of the English garden:




And the way into the Maori food garden:




I loved this Alice in Wonderland sculpture:




On my way to the rose gardens, the colours of this bank of hydrangeas 
(not my favourite flowers) blew me away:




Of the roses, I really liked these three:

Typhoon


Lillian Austin


Eye of the Tiger





I really enjoyed my walk in the cool morning air, and a cup of 
good coffee on a deck overlooking the river:







"If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need"
~ Cicero

Friday, February 5, 2016

A dog's life

After a slow start, we are having a lovely hot summer. 

The best time of day to go for a walk is early in the morning:



Manu. Low tide at the estuary.



Another morning, early in January, when we were getting 
a flick from the tail of a tropical cyclone. 

It was fine and warm at the beach, but the sky looked angry:



The wind was getting up a little (click to see the flying ears):



Mayor Island (Tuhua) in the background.