Monday, 28 December 2015

Summer walks and Margaret Mahy

I hope you had a great Christmas. We did. Like every year we had a BBQ with our Dutch friends.
Above a snippet from a great Christmas present from the garden of my lovely neighbour

Our holiday will be later in the next year. I go back to work tomorrow. I still have lots of days off in between which I spend walking and reading.  We had a walk on Brighton Beach.

I looked up when walking and was hypnotised when staring in the eyes of this cute dog ;) Luckily I didn't bump into something.

We had another walk at Governors Bay, with a young friend who came to us for a visit.

Our  young friend visited Margaret Mahy when he was little. She lived in Governors Bay and we found this plaque on the track. She was a famous children's book writer who won the international Christian Anderson Medal for children's literature.

Afterwards we dropped off our friend and drove back through the city centre and visited the brand new Margaret Mahy Playground

The 4 meter wide slide is very popular. Fun to climb up as well and there is a tunnel with a little slide on the side.

The playground was developed with the children of Christchurch, for the children of Christchurch.

After all that walking it was time to pick some berries in the garden, wash them and eat them with a sprinkle of sugar. Life is good sigh


  1. Hi Marja - lovely photos - and am so pleased you had a happy time. The roses look amazing and I can scent them from here (wishful thinking!). Gorgeous red currants too ... then the park in memory of Margaret Mahy ... wonderful to see - cheers Hilary

  2. Wat een geweldig leuke speelplaats met zo'n brede glijbaan. Je woont in een prachtig land om te wandelen langs de kusten.

  3. What a beautiful array of photos you have shared with us Marja.
    I absolutely is good especially if you go on such wonderful walks and admire natures beauty.
    Be well my friend.
    Big heart hugs
    Peggy xxxxxx

  4. Life is sweeter when building a playground is top priority in a society. Shows how much NZ has overcome and how much value is placed on family, children and joyfulness. Thanks as always for sharing, Marja. Happy New Year to you and yours!

  5. Die Margaret Mahy speeltuin ziet er super uit, je zou zo weer kind willen zijn. BBQ op kerstmis in de zomer blijft een raar idee, maar dat went ongetwijfeld snel, toch blijf ik kerst met sneeuw en ijs associëren, onzin natuurlijk want dat hebben we hier ook zelden met kerst. Een wandeling langs Governors Bay heerlijk, Nieuw Zeeland is zo mooi.....

  6. It is uplifting to read your posts. I hope life is good for you throughout the coming year.

  7. It sounds like a wonderful time! The playground looks fun for any age!

  8. Happy New Year dear Marja
    I so enjoyed all the wonderful pictures!xo

  9. Wonderfull place and photos, happy sunday,greeting from Belgium.


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