Maketu beach is not far from Te Puke and still in the Bay of Plenty. About a 45 minute trip from here although quicker on the bike!

The red roof that you can see in the background if you have good eyes is actually a Marae (Maori meeting house and a very importnant part of Maori culture.) You can see a big Norfollk Pine too. This species of tree was introduced to NZ by the early Brittish settlers and were quite often planted on the coast line and used as navigational aides. I’m not sure if this particular tree has historical significances but you can see why they were used! 


I was quite suprised to find this Baracuda washed up on the beach. I would say it hadn’t been there long because 1) it was still there and the birds hadn’t made a meal of it! and 2) because it didn’t smell! I even picked it up for a closer look as I had never seen one before. No I didn’t bring it home! I did bring some shells home though. I was suprised at how many intact shells were on the beach given how many rocks there are.

There were hundreds of these curly shells on the beach. I found this lovely ‘still life’ just like this. The big shell is a horse mussel. I don’t usualy see them intact either as the shell is suprisingly thin. I have baskets of these twirly shells (don’t know there name though!) so didn’t bring any home. Actually I didn’t bring any home because I didn’t know I was going to the beach today. The joys of riding pillion, my husband knows where we are going and I just hang on! lol. When we pulled up the first thing I said was “You could have told me I’d need a bag!” lol. I did find some very big shells (hermit crab?) which I managed to stuff (litteraly) into the pockets of my leather jacket and down the front. When I got home I found out one of them still had it’s occupant. Oh gross. So now I have to figure out what to do with a dead crab thats still inside the shell without breaking the shell. I can’t believe I have a big crab in my pocket! My DH was quite amused I must say! I will post a photo of the shells soon. Preferably minus crab.

OPPS! He did it again….

Yes he did! Can you believe that another recycling truck (not the same one but from the same company) crashed on the very same road as it did last time? Almost unbelievable! There was a car behind that trailer too and people working on that house. I didn’t see the crash this time but I commented on how fast the truck was going just seconds before I heard the huge bang. I grabbed my camera and ran straight out. (Last time I called 111 first…) There was someone on the back of the truck this time too. The poor guy who jumps off and grabs the bins was thrown from the trailer and suffered a head injury. He was walking around afterwards  holding his head and ended up jumping in the car that was only just missed to go to the hospital. I havn’t heard how he is but the road has huge gouges in it and this time a lot of official people turned up to survey the scene. There was nothing wrong with the road before the crash…this is a classic case of someone going to fast. Thankfully I didn’t cost any one their life (or house or car!)

Well, back to reality now. I’ve cooked 2 batches of choc chip coookies and made a weetbix slice while waiting for my photos to load so this post has taken me about an hour to write! lol. Time to cook tea:)



 I’m a very happy bird lover these days! Yesterday the seagulls and seahawks posed for my camera and today the ducks and pukeko’s allowed me to take photo’s. This morning while I had my morning cuppa I counted 17 sparrows and finches perched on my fence (all in a row…I’m trying to refrain from using the word cute here…but  they really were!) and as I write this there’s Myna birds are on my lawn defending a piece of apple from the sparrows (who were already well feed on left over home made sultana bread and toast this morning!)

I didn’t take my camera out for my morning coffee and I knew moving to get it would result in the birds dissapearing again but I was prepared at yesterdays beach and park trip and todays picnic at the pond. I have been feeding the pond birds regularly and I am sure they are recognising me and the kids now. They were a lot less shy today than they have been in the past. I wanted and large avery for a while there, part of me still does but in reality I will be happy if the local birds pay me regular visits. I also believe it’s important to encourage and support the local bird community and with three kids there’s never a shortage of crusts!

I personally think this fountain is rather ugly…but as you can see from the photo above the birds enjoy a dip!

The gulls at memorial park are so well fed by visitors they have become quite tame.


Hi all, I am back home…and hogging the couch as predicted. I did come home the same day but sitting upright at the computer is a wee bit taxing at the moment! Thankyou all for your warmth and well wishes. It is very much appreciated and  I hope to visit soon!