Monday, January 17, 2011

A weekend of vitamin D

I didn't have any time off over Christmas, so a chance to get away for a night was too good to pass up!
Just what I needed, a couple of days of doing nothing.
A mini break involving an overnight camp at Urenui Beach, just north of New Plymouth.


Traci joined us for the weekend and we got to try out our new 3-man tent.


These wee boxes were just over the fence from our tent. I was curious.


They were little nesting boxes for the Little Blue Penguin. They are the world's smallest penguin
and come ashore under the cover of darkness. Although it isn't the breeding season at the moment
the Little Blue Penguin's take to nesting boxes really well.
How cute, I really wanted to add a few homely touches, but I resisted the urge. :))





Ah, lots of swimming, and sun and reading and sleeping. Perfect!

Carole :)

18 comments:

marigold jam said...

That last pic is just what I needed on a dank, dismal morning here!! Looks lovely and I can imagine being there.

Jane

Deb said...

Can just imagine a little quilt popped in the box. Lovely spot Carole but sorry that tent doesn't have 4 stars....

Jenxo said...

how beautiful , lucky you :)

dosfishes said...

Sounds wonderful. Now you have piqued my curiosity and I shall have to learn about the little blue penguin. Glad you enjoyed your time. xox corrine

Margaret said...

fab spot to pitch your tent! Looks like someone beat you to the stencilling on the box! I thought it looked like a rabbit! I couldn't imagine NZ encouraging their growth!

~*~Patty S said...

sounds and looks very refreshing...glad you had some relaxation time

those little penguins must be cute...funny nesting place
oxo

Dogwood said...

Great pictures.
Beautiful location.
Fun to get away!

ms lottie said...

Oh that last picture is such a perfect shot of a kiwi beach. Glad you enjoyed yourselves.

Nathalie Thompson said...

Penguin boxes-- not something you see just anywhere! Just the thought of warm sand between my toes makes me light headed. Lucky you. :)

Bunty said...

Sounds lovely - I could do with some of that at the moment. Hope you had a great time.

Those little boxes are so cute!

Barbara

Aunt Amelia's Attic said...

Glad your weather is good there. Unlike Oz. -sigh-

Must have been lovely, to be at a beach!!! We are deep under snow now, up here in the Northern Hemisphere.

Hugs & ♥'s...
'Cause Valentine Day is coming!

Julz said...

Looks like a very nice place to visit - not sure about the tenting tho! My hubby would love to go tenting though I'm such a princess - only cabins, baches or motel beds for me LOL. Hugs Jx

Shiree said...

sounds fantastic Carole! peace tranquility, good friends and good wine ???

Linda said...

Ya can't beat a three man tent! I can't imagine that penguins open those boxes and get in.

Shabby Cottage Studio said...

Oh wow that looks like such a fantastic spot to camp. If one... must camp. ;-)

Joan said...

Your camping spot looks great. Hope you had lots of relaxing time out in the sun.

Jacky said...

Sounds like bliss Carole. Going to sleep with the sounds of the ocean, relaxing, swimming ahhh

Jacky said...

Sounds like bliss Carole. Going to sleep with the sounds of the ocean, relaxing, swimming ahhh