Friday, November 28, 2008

Waiheke Island

Only a half hour ferry ride from Auckland, Waiheke is one of the most visited islands in the Hauraki Gulf. About 8,000 lucky ducks live here among the gorgeous beaches, vineyards and olive groves. Waiheke has a micro climate which is similar to the Bordeaux region of France. There are twenty-four vineyards on the island, most open for sampling. We rented a fabulous holiday home with an amazing view. On November 19th it was Mark's B-day so we spent the day exploring the island and sampling all the goodies Waiheke has to offer. Our Waiheke holiday home Mark & Mom busy in the kitchen The gorgeous view and backyard We found some alpacas, I love alpacas Mudbrick WineryMark's Mudbrick "mud" cakeThe birthday boy getting ready to make a wish
Someone has a sense of humour
The crusty woman spreading mad sheep disease at the Stony Batter (WWII tunnels)We decided not to explore the tunnels, the woman said "they are some dark tunnels with some old machinery inside" She wasn't much of a sales woman.
It was a lovely walk though

Monday, November 24, 2008


My Mom is an intrepid traveller. In the three years we have been cruising, this is her fourth visit! She came to see us in Mexico, Panama, French Polynesia and this last trip she travelled over 7000 miles to New Zealand. She spent nine days with us and we kept her pretty busy. A few days at home in Tauranga showing her our little town and daily life. Then for a week we hit the road. Mark played photographer with his new camera. New Zealand even cooperated with great summer weather! Thanks for everything MLM! Can't wait to see you in another exotic locale.

Enjoying lunch and a tasting at the local Mills Reef winery

A night out at Tauranga's French restaurant. Lots of singing and giggles that night. Behind the scenes at Morton Estate

Thursday, November 06, 2008

Another New Head

The latest project on Scholarship has been the forward head. I pulled off the 30 years old wallpaper, sanded, primed and painted. The most time consuming part was the tile mosaic on the countertop. I think it turned out well for my first effort. Yes the green is very bright!!
A nice wave to honor our watery lifestyle!

Yes the sink is original. What gave it away?