.....in which she goes to the circus and then the seaside!
Hello dear friends & readers.
Autumn has gently settled upon us here, bringing with her a visit from a son.
Matthew came on the bus last weekend and although he stayed at his best friend's house, just across the road, it was lovely to see him, being as it was, just about Mothering Sunday and also a perfect opportunity for him to meet Lucy. Kaitiaki and his mum popped in to for a quick visit too...he's the one with the green socks, reading the book "Vantastic" (click to enlarge the picture if you like)
We didn't know that there was an indigenous circus in New Zealand. Aotearoa is the most commonly used Maori word for the name of our little nation meaning "Land of the Long White Cloud".
So we had a little park-up in the clear space alongside the circus set up & checked to see how things had traveled.
We had the loveliest time. The locals were so welcoming & friendly & we enjoyed a long chat with a young Czech man when cooking tea. Later we nearly collapsed in hysterical laughter trying to find space for ourselves, the table, all the cushions & make the bed!! Only one person at a time can do the job on that one! The next day we met John (he worked in the circus in Aussie for 16 years!) & he said oh yes, yes..you're in the little "Honeymoon Caravan". There you go Lucy, no longer Donald but a honeymoon van ; )
best kept secret kind of treasure. Established 50 years ago, it has remained pretty much unchanged over time & draws the same families back year after year & now even the next generation come bringing their families too.
Of course there is the sea..
Clifton Station has been long established on this land. I borrowed a pony once from the Gordon's (who own the farm) when I was a teenager & rode Dasher in the Pony Club Champs that year. (Seems like a whole nother time now!)
Look what we found on one of our walks. We couldn't bear to tell Lucy about the tragic state of the poor little van.
It was such a lovely time of the year & the light was so wonderful I took lots of memorable photos & have made a Smilebox to add to this post in case anyone is interested.
Thank you so much for stopping by to visit.
I hope that you find beauty in your week & time for at least a little creativity.