Monday, September 16, 2013

Cromwell - "The Stone Fruit Capital of the South", South Island, New Zealand

 A stop in Cromwell to shop and taste 'stone' fruit.
Cromwell is known as the 'stone fruit capital of the south'.
   This cute little roadside stop was a pleasant surprise!  
 Everything was displayed so beautifully!

 ...and beside the store was a gorgeous rose garden!

Cromwell, South Island, New Zealand
December 1, 2012

A Journey From Queenstown to Franz Josef, South Island, New Zealand

 The aqua blue Arrow River at Arrowtown, South Island, New Zealand.
 Arrowtown sprang up in the 1860's when gold was discovered in the Arrow River.
 Vineyards and wineries create a beautiful landscape in the Queenstown and Arrowtown areas of the South Island.

 ...and the beautiful lupine lines the highway on this first day of summer in New Zealand.
December 1, 2012

...lots of hay rolls! 

The Kawarau River joins up with the Clutha River at Cromwell.
I am not sure which one this is since they both seem to cross the highway on the map.


There are many beautiful rivers to see on any journey in New Zealand.
The journey is every bit as wonderful as the destination!
Between Arrowtown and Cromwell, South Island, New Zealand
December 1, 2012

Sunday, September 15, 2013

An Australian/New Zealand Dessert - Pavlova!

Karyn and I found the recipe on an apron for sale in Arrowtown, South Island, New Zealand.
The Aussies and Kiwis have an ongoing debate over the origin of this dessert...Australia or New Zealand.
It cannot be made on humid days!  I must remember that!

Thursday, September 12, 2013

A Play Date for Three Year Olds

My three year old grandson has an end of summer play date with my friend's three year old granddaughter.

 a little fun at Chucky Cheese and then some pizza and a cup of tokens!
a tunnel slide...
and, a pint sized carousel!
 Off to the water park...they called this the "car wash".

 cupcakes for two little cupcakes!
September 11, 2013
Noah & Ava
3 years old

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Thursday, September 5, 2013

The Drive to Arrowtown, South Island, New Zealand

 Beautiful scenery between Queenstown and Arrowtown, South Island, New Zealand.
December 1, 2012, the first day of summer in New Zealand has the chill of early spring!
 This is part of the grounds of a popular golf course near Arrowtown.
 We had time to explore the little town but first...our group stops to admire the natural surroundings along a creek.
 The wild lupine is splendid!

 Queenstown to Arrowtown, South Island, New Zealand
December 1, 2012

Walter Peak High Country Farm - Queenstown, New Zealand

 We spent several hours at the Walter Peak Sheep Station and now it's time to return to Queenstown via the TSS Earnslaw (steamship) on Lake Wakatipu. 

The sheep dogs are off duty now and joining the staff to say "good-bye" to another tour group as we board the boat.

 No doubt these dogs are truly loved and well cared for!

 Precious Moments!

Walter Peak Sheep Station on the south shore of Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown, New Zealand
November 30, 2012