Beautiful NZ Homes

I enjoy travelling because I like to see different landscapes, cultures, architecture and people and to try different food.  I particularly enjoy getting to know a different county from the perspective of the people who live in it.  So one of the main pleasures of staying with Kath is the opportunity to get to see her New Zealand.  We had a lovely day, visiting people and places close to where she lives.  Like me, Kath appreciates good food and wine so the day had a foodie theme to it.

What a happy start to the day – a full fruit bowl to select some goodies from for a breakfast smoothie.  I was going to have the pear on the side but I was full after the smoothie so didn’t have it.  But everything else went in to the Thermomix with some ice to make a delicious smoothie.  The pot contains some home made cashew nut butter which is really good.

breakfast ingredients 29-7-13 A perfect start to the day.tea and smoothie We visited so many places today!  First stop was Kath’s brother Peter’s house which he is renovating in Bayswater.Kath and Peter It is all being done to a very high spec and is quite stunning.  I have kitchen envy.  The wooden floor is completely fabulous and the view from here is beautiful.Peter's kitchen Beyond the lush vegetation is the sea and there are steps down to the sea so you can keep a boat here and pop out for a sail when ever the fancy takes you.view from veranda Peter's garden 3 Peter's garden 2 Outside at Peter's Having had a little look around Bayswater we set off for Matakana and stopped on the way at the Honey Centre.  This wall gave us a glimpse of the lives of the bees making honey which was fascinating.Bees in Honey Centre They make many different flavours of honey here and you can try before you buy.  Which we did !H in Honey Centre There is a cafe next to the Honey Centre which makes all the food on site.  They make wonderful looking cakes so to make sure we did not over eat, Kath and I shared a salmon and cream cheese quiche which was served with a salad.honey shop quiche Followed by a lattehoney shop latte and for me, a chocolate caramel slice which was fabulous.caramel slice We continued on to Matakana where we stopped to admire the architecture.Matakana church Matakana Butcher An ‘Opportunity Shop’, known locally as an ‘Op’ Shop’ is what we call a ‘Charity Shop’ in the UK.Opportunity Shop Matakana’s unusual public toilets.

Matakana toiletsOur next stop was Omaha Beach.

Omaha Beach This is a perfect beach with white soft powdery sand.H on Omaha Beach The water proved irresistible to someone!  Auckland’s winter is far milder than ours.  Today it was 18 ° so very pleasant to be outside in but not warm enough for me to want to swim.H in sea at Omaha Beach This is a popular place for wealthy Aucklanders to own a holiday home, known as a “Bach”.  An abbreviation of ‘Bachelor pad’, they used to be basic dwellings in attractive locations but I think these developments are not as basic as they used to be.House at Omaha beach I would happily own one of these and enjoy the short walk down to Omaha Beach.Omaha beach house There is a lot of farming in NZ and along the roads it is quite common to see little stalls set up to sell the local produce.  This one was selling oranges, lemons and kindling.roadside stallsWe drove along a little beyond Matakana to visit Heron’s Flight, a vineyard specialising in Italian grape varieties.

Heron's Flight sign Harvey has gone native already.  New Zealanders like to go barefoot, even to school and even in winter, lots of the kids are barefoot all day.Barefoot Harvey

Sangiovese vines.
Sangiovese Sangiovese vines wood at Heron's Flight Heron's Flight We went inside to pick up some grape juice.  I do mean grape juice, as in a non alcoholic pressed juice from grapes.  Kath is friends with the owner, Mary.

K and H

Protea You can also taste wines at Heron’s Flight and there are several places in side and out side where you can sit.Heron's flight indoors Mary is going to start serving some food to eat with the wine, such as these little cheese crackers.  We also tried a single bite sized serving of a vegetable quiche.  I particularly liked the cheese crackers.cheese biscuitI coud very easily have enjoyed sitting out here with a sample of wine but we were well behaved and didn’t try the wine.
Heron's Flight garden We drove on a little further to Carmel’s, another beautiful NZ home in another stunning setting.Carmel's house Virtually everywhere we went had amazing views.  The scenery here really is so spectacular!  I feel like I have spent all day commenting on the stunning scenery.view from Carmel's Harvey was delighted to find a skateboard ramp and board to ride on !skateboarding in MatakanaThese make life easier for the postman!
Mailboxes Our final visit for the day was to Kath’s Mother who lives opposite Orewa Beach which we visited yesterday.   This is the view from her verandah towards the Ocean.  From here she can walk to the shops or straight over the road to the beach for a swim, which she regularly does in summer.View from Rhyl's We had a cuppa and a fresh baked cheese scone which was really good.cheese scone Before the sun set we had a walk down to Orewa Beach.Orewa beach again Orewa beach 29 7 13 Orewa beach This is a good idea.  An electric BBQ on the beach so you can meet up with friends and family, have a BBQ and a day on the beach.  More exciting than a sandwich!beach BBQ Come on boys, time to go home.H on climbing frame

For supper Kath made us a beef casserole, which she served with brown rice, carrots, broccoli and silver beet leaves.

Beef rice and vegAnother lovely meal in a another beautiful NZ home.

About Lose Weight and Gain Health

Hi! My name is Zoe and I live in Hastings, East Sussex, with my son Harvey and dog, Milton. I have been fighting the fat for years but this time I am serious. I want to lose weight and gain health. This blog is about how I am changing my lifestyle so I can lose weight but not by just "being on a diet" but by making small changes to our lives so that as I lose weight, I gain health. I want my family to be healthy too and never have to struggle with their weight like I have. In common with many large people, I have gained and lost weight many times over the years. This time, I want to lose it and maintain a healthy low weight. I am interested in eating food that is nutrient dense and delicious and that appeals to children and adults. I do not eat animal products so follow a vegan diet. I try to use locally produced food supplemented with what I can grow myself. I support and try to use local farmers markets and farm shops. Another objective is to add more exercise to our days. It sounds so simple when I write it down :-)
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7 Responses to Beautiful NZ Homes

  1. Lucy Murphy says:

    Looks lovely. I am very envious. Glad to see Harry’s t-shirt made it out to NZ xx

  2. laura1952 says:

    Everything about your day that you posted looked amazing.

  3. bigmama55 says:

    what is it you do that you travel so much? do you home school your kids ?

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