Monday, April 11, 2011

A weekend of fun and friends.....

Have been so busy it's nearly a week since I last posted.... haven't done a lot of card making... life seems to have taken over.... plus haven't been too well this past week.  My back was so painful on Wednesday I ended up coming home after  2 hours at work.... just couldn't get comfortable so ended up lying on my side on the bed for most of the day... then on Friday I suffered a dizzy spell first thing... thought I was going to pass out in my shower.  What a scare.  I came right finally around mid morning which is just as well as we were going away for the weekend.   We have some friends who own a Kiwifruit orchard out of Te Puke ~ about 2 3/4 hrs drive south east of Auckland.  We have know Colleen and Mark for nearly 18 years now, having lived just round the corner from them when they lived in Auckland.  5 years ago they moved out to the country and bought the orchard.  It is always fun to go and visit them.  This time was no exception.  The weather was lovely on Saturday and as they had some WWOOFer's ( World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms) we went to a local Waterfall.  The couple staying with them were a delightful couple from Columbus Ohio, Steve and Carly.  The Kaiate Falls were we went are amazing.  A series of cascades where the Kaiate Stream goes down a ravine.  We walked down to the bottom and back up again.  As usual I got a few photos to share.
Picnic lunch

The falls

Kaiate Falls

Me at the falls

Pool shadows
Looking towards the Mount

It was a tough walk back up from the bottom, but well worth it.

Sunday we had lunch with hubby's sister and her family, who live in Papamoa, about 1/2 hr from our friend's place.  Then home again... all in all, a very pleasant weekend.

Hope you enjoyed sharing this with me.  Wishing you all a great week... I'm off to try out some new stamps that arrived in my letterbox today, courtesy of the wonderful Kathy and Penny Black.  Thank you so much


Deirdre said...

Enjoy getting inky, looks like you had a fab weekend, great photos. Thanks for sharing.

paula said...

Hi Dawn, I am glad that you felt better for your trip away. It sounded wonderful & those photos look fantastic. I hope your new stamps get some ink soon. Thanks for the kind words of encouragement xoxoxoxo

AnitaRex said...

Hi Dawn! Wow what a weekend! So cool of your friends to have moved and now have an orchard! :> Such beauitful pictures! Looks like the weather is still quite nice! :> Hope you enjoy playing with new stamps and I hope you feel much better and your backache does not come back!

Tiffany said...

Hope you don't get those dizzy spells again, ouch! Take it easy Dawn! The photos are breathtaking! Enjoy your new PB stamps, whooo! Did you get the new Spring ones?

Anne Gaal said...

Hi, Dawn! Sorry you were feeling poorly. Feeling like you're going to faint in the shower is no fun! Glad you are safe, didn't fall, and didn't break anything! Yikes!

Beautiful photos! Glad you enjoyed the day! :-)

Suzanne C said...

What wonderful pictures and looks like a lovely time. So sorry your back has been bothering you.