Slow down, you move too fast…

Every now and again, we all need to switch off, do nothing and enjoy the world around us.  I’ve only been back at work for two weeks, but am oh so grateful that this Monday is the Wellington Anniversary holiday.  This bonus weekend day feels like an extra Sunday to catch up on blogs, vlogs, ironing and serious pottering around.

We headed over the hills to Masterton to spend Saturday afternoon and most of Sunday basically enjoying 32C weather, animals, conversation, good food and totally switching off.

IMG_6900Watch the ducks…


Look at the fruit trees…


Feed the alpaca…


Feed the hens…


Watch the alpaca…


Watch the cows at dusk…

We dined on bread from a baker who grinds his own wheat, local olive oil, and very local (ie from sheep that had grazed on the paddock next to the cows) lamb on top of flat breads straight from the pizza oven, and breakfasted on homemade lime kumquat marmalade on toast.

IMG_6928Pears and quince



The time was passed with a certain type of langour associated with summer in the country, only interrupted by a brief walk around Masterton.  Our car boot coming home was packed with a shoulder of lamb to be roasted at a future date (it is frozen before you wonder!), green and yellow courgettes (zucchini), rhubarb, plums and eggs collected the evening before.


Thank you chickens


Thank you plum trees


    1. Yes it is really the season now! There are so many cherries, plyms, peaches and wonderful veggies around just now. Ah well, when we are surviving on silverbeet, you will be enjoying your goodies!


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