Sunday afternoon in Riverhead

Most weekends I just want to get away from the city for a while. It doesn’t take far if I go north from where I live, and 30 mins later, I can find myself a lovely rolling meadow like this one, with trees for shelter and a slope, and through the wall of trees at the lower edge, a river.

This was where I found myself yesterday afternoon, a lovely early summer day, with light filtering through the branches overhead and a doughnut bought from my favourite cafe, and a book I was nearly finished. A good story it was too!

I’ve woken today (Monday) and gone for my early morning walk along the harbourside, and noticed with a surge of joy, the Pohutukawa trees are all coming into bloom. We call these New Zealand Christmas trees – not because we cut them down and decorate them, but because they blossom in December in vivid red, and are a backdrop to most coastal holiday or beach settings.

Now, of course, I’m thinking of what holiday I might take in January – in what I believe will be the hottest summer in years. The last two summers I have gone tenting up at Kai Iwi lakes, where there are some deep freshwater dune lakes and the swimming is great. Watch this space.

I’ll finish today’s blog with this pretty Queen Mary’s Lace and a rather old-fashioned butterfly sitting on its edge. How apt.


  1. bigdoh · December 6, 2015

    It all sounds so nice, Jenny! Love the red trees which I won’t attempt to spell. I hope I can see all that ….someday. For now, you are my eyes. Take in all the beauty and keep writing!xx

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  2. Karen LoBasso · December 6, 2015

    How lovely, Jenny ❀

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  3. Gratuitous Grace · December 6, 2015

    Beautiful writing Aunty Jenny, so nice to hear a snippet of your life Xx


    • jennyjeffries · December 6, 2015

      Thanks Jem – I thought I’d pick up the reins of regularly blogging. Enjoyed it when in Scotland, so why not now?


  4. Pam Saville · December 6, 2015

    Keep your blogs going my friend, they are my pickmeups when I need them. Gotta love the Pohutakawa trees and all the natives. And so nice that they flower at Xmas, looking forward to the summer XXX

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  5. Carol Pickersgill · December 7, 2015

    Can I come live with you and be your housekeeper? I’m very tidy and a helluva good cook. Pleasepleaseplease.

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    • jennyjeffries · December 7, 2015

      If you knew how much I needed a housekeeper. . . πŸ˜˜πŸ‘πŸ»


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