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Summer lovin’

What an absolutely stunning summer we are enjoying here in Auckland this year! It’s hot, dry and the locals will agree that it’s not even humid!

We were lucky to spend a few glorious days at a bach on Waiheke Island. So, this was our summer – beach fossicking, swimming, stunning views, and a few motorbike rides around the winding roads!

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But we are home now, and back into the DIY groove that has been off since our last big project. Of course this time of year lends itself to the outdoors, so we are tackling the backyard once again, with a pergola/playhouse in the pipeline. Pipeline – it’s a clue! Stand by…

Small spaces: The Kiwi Bach

Here’s something you don’t know about me: I LOVE small. There is just something about little places and things that makes my heart sing. My favourite homes (I’ve lived in 9 so far) have been the teensiest ones – the teensiest of all was our “Tally” camper which was home for 6 months. One day I might live in a container house.

Just spotted this Crosson Clarke Carnachan inspiration on Little Diggs, quite a coincidence because I was also reading a HOME magazine article on it just the other day.


It sits right on the sand somewhere up the Coromandel Peninsula. Good thing it closes up like a mystery box when not in use, otherwise I might be tempted to hunt it down and peer inside.


The whole construction is on skids so it can be trucked off to a new location – “bored with this beach? Mmm… let’s try the other coast!”

This kind of simplicity really makes me want to go on a declutter splurge. Do I need it? NO! Throw it away!


The one thing, actually two, I would have to change is the colour of those chairs, and some of that woodgrain would just have to be painted white. Nothing at all against woodgrain, I just don’t like that living inside a tree feeling – gets a little claustrophobic after a while.


The thing with small spaces, is you have to get creative and make use of every single available space – that’s just my kind of challenge. There’s room for three kids and all their belongings in around a 2 sqm footprint. Mum and Dad get the room up the top, and access to a roof deck.


I’m having visions of moving to the Coromandel… shhhh don’t tell Andre (he’d be there already if it wasn’t for me)!

All images from here via here.

Matakana Markets


We had a much deserved time away from home last weekend. We’ve been working hard on the fence, gatepainting and patio so we decided to down tools and head north.

Matakana has been on our “to go” list for a long time – it’s just over an hour from home so easily achievable for just a two night weekend with small children.

We booked a wee bach at Campbells Beach which was a beautiful spot… but we didn’t even dip our toes in the water because every time we strolled down to the beach the water was miles away across mud. The playground came in handy!

The weather didn’t disappoint… clear blue skies and hot, hot, hot!

We started Saturday morning with a 10 minute drive to the famed Matakana Markets where we sampled some delicious food and had a quick browse of the surrounding shops. I think my favourite bit was the craft markets at Cream of Matakana. Lots of vintage goodies and some lovely things in the Cream shop. I bought an old wool blanket for Master W, to “match” one we got from Andre’s Oma for Miss E.


There was also some duck watching and “quack quack”-ing. We’re all into animal sounds just now – “What does a dog say Miss E?” “Fffffff ffffff!”


We took a late afternoon drive to Tawharanui beach too – it’s beautiful, and I can’t believe I have waited 30 years to know that it’s there!

There was a go at fishing on the other side of the peninsula on the way back… alas no fish.

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