Wednesday, 4 January 2012

Happy New Year!

We had a wonderful time over Christmas and New Year and I hope you all did too!

It is so great to have Mr Tartankiwi at home and to spend quality relaxed family time together, We took full advantage of our time and went on lots of outings, daytrips and picnics.

A definite highlight was that we finally made it to the beautiful Akaroa for a day trip. What a beautiful place and the weather really turned it on for us!

We had a picnic at Halswell Quarry Park and found ourselves wondering why we hadn't been there before. It was great to have a run around and blow the cobwebs away!

We renewed our subscription to Orana Wildlife Park where the lions were on fine roaring form and Wee Man fed the giraffes for the first time.

As well as these outings and daytrips we had fun around our house and garden. The kids had a ball playing in their new sandpit.
We discovered that we have a mummy hedgehogs and 3 babies living in our garden behind the new sandpit- the poor things must be wondering how come their peace and quiet has been so rudely shattered!!
No future in wildlife photography for me, but can you make them all out?
Two of the babies
There has been fruit picking, and lots of it! - raspberries, blackcurrants, redcurrants and gooseberries from the garden. The first batches of jam have been made and the children have fruit tinted smiles on their faces.

I needed to have a break and take a step back from my blog. At the end of the year I found myself in competition with myself, trying to get more readers, more pageviews, more more more.

I have to admit that I enjoyed my time away from the blog. It has been good for me to stop and take a look, to re-evaluate and to think about the future.
What I discovered was that I missed it! 
I missed writing posts. 
I also missed you guys, my blogging friends.

That said, I have found a lot more inspiration than I have had of late (this may or may not be due to rather a large amount of time spent on pinterest). The break has been good for my creativity! I have a huge backlog of posts ready and waiting and I can't wait to share them all!

So here I am.
Excited about the new year.
Brimming with ideas and looking forward to sharing them with you.


  1. welcome back! Missed you too. Good to take that step back though and make sure you are doing it for the right reasons. We just discovered Haswell Quarry yesterday too.

  2. Looks like you had a great break, it is amazing how having a good rest leaves you inspired! Glad to find another email in my inbox from Tartankiwi! Would be fab to catch up soon. xx

  3. Welcome back! Sounds like you've had a fabulous break! The pictures make me miss New Zealand! And Hedgehogs in your garden! Wow!

    Happy New Year 2012! Look forward to reading what you get up to this year!

  4. Welcome back! Sounds like you've been having a fabulous summer

  5. Akaroa = LOVE it - I'm planning a family holiday there SOON (well soon as is when we get back from Europe)

    Sometimes blogging breaks are needed - I know I suffer between too much time blogging vs not enough time crafting

  6. Love the sandbox! And the cute Hedgehogs nestled behind :)

    I also was competing against myself... time away definately gives you some perspective... I'm more relaxed about it now too :)

  7. Good to see you back :-) Happy New Year!


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