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Our Christmas message 2011
and then a walk up the Matukituki Valley collecting pussy willow for the lodge- this valley is one of the most beautiful places on earth. Heaven.
A fabulous flight to Milford Sound March 2010
A beautiful day and a flight with Southern Alps Air to Milford Sound. It was indescribably beautiful. Straight past the stunning Mt Aspiring, over the Olvine ice plateau and into Milford which is breathtaking. On the way back it was great to be able to see the Routeburn Track from the air.
Two beautiful new grandchildren in 2 days February 2010
Our daughter Tiffany, her in Wanaka gave birth to a beautiful baby girl Frankie Isabella 2 days after our other daughter Melitta in Australia gave birth to a bouncing 10lb 5 oz boy -Monty Inigo Hewitt.This is Frankie in Wanaka looking at Monty in Lennox Head, Australia. What lucky grandparents we are!
Gorgeous peonies November 2009
Flowering in the garden at the moment- my favourite is this one- Miss America because it also has a wonderful perfume.
There are also masses of sumptuous large red poppies and fruit forming on my apples and apricots..
Wanakafest and Kahu Youth Cupcake stand: October 2009
Tiffany has been baking away for the Kahu Youth. The weather cleared just in time, the sun came out as always and we raised heaps of money for the local youth of Wanaka. The boys and girls alike favoured the lemon cupcakes decorated with Violas, much to the dismay of some burly dads, watching their son pick "the one with the flower daddy" "Not the chocolate one son, you sure???"
Daffodils at the Wanaka Garden Club Show
Great excitement - - I entered my daffodils in the local spring Show and won some prizes - including 3 firsts!
Yummy afternoon teas
We have been loving a new book by Alexa Johnson called Ladies a plate. It is a collection of traditional New Zealand afternoon tea and baking recipes.
So far we have tried the shortbread, a coffee cake, afghan biscuits and apricot shortcake. These are Tiffany's ginger kisses. This is a great present for any nostalgic kiwis who like to bake.
Why I live in Wanaka
I am sometimes asked why I chose to live here. I blame it on Heidi which I read when little. I have been in love with Alps ever since.
I reread the book recently and still loved it. The strong theme in the book is the healing power of the mountains. I agree!
Spring in the garden: 22 September 2009
The first sign that Spring is coming happens in midwinter when the snowdrops poke up their heads. Then the crocus and by September all the daffodils and blossom trees are in flower.
Yesterday I walked around the Heather Garden, our neigbour Madge Snow's garden which is open to the public. It is a gorgeous garden and mid September all the trilliums and dog tooth violets are out as well as masses of daffodils and blossom trees. There are lots of little treasures everywhere and I spent hours crawling about trying to get photos. Here are a few.
Snowshoeing with our Thai guests
In August we had great fun with 6 distinguished guests from Thailand. Steph took 4 of them for a day snowshoeing at Snow Farm.
Rob Roy Glacier walk : 7 November 2008
A cool sunny day a few days after an unusually late fall of snow and too much time watching the US elections – a perfect day for one of the very best walks in Wanaka.
Winter in Wanaka: July to October 2008
What a great winter – we and our guests enjoyed great skiing at Cardrona and Treble Cone with consistent snow right up to the last day of the season -12 October.
An unusual Wanaka tradition involving the more
adventurous of the village, led by the builder of Tiritiri Lodge Graeme Vallance, the Winter solstice water skiing spectacular has hardy locals braving
sub zero air and 5 deg C lake water.
Steph and Denis went to the US during our break in May, whilst Tiff held the fort. The highlight was meeting up with some Tiritiri Lodge guests.
As you may have gathered from elsewhere on the web site Denis has taken up the arcane art of fly fishing. Kindly guests and our operation manager’s patient husband have taken him on outings to varied local river or lakeside fishing spots where he has practiced his casting with limited success.
Easter is always a special time in Wanaka and this year it was the turn of the Biennial Warbirds Over Wanaka Air Show to delight the visitors. Always a special show of vintage military planes from WW1 to today’s supersonic heroes the format delights both the historical experts and rank amateurs alike with its mock battles featuring the Red Baron's Fokker Tri plane lining up against his old foes, through WW2 Spitfires, Hurricanes, Corsairs, right up to a spectacular display by the RAAF F1 11.
Rippon vineyard on the shores of Lake Wanaka was featured in our first ever winemaker’s dinner at the Lodge. Our guests were 2 couples from the US who are great wine buffs.
Pre dinner drink on the terrace overlooking the lake and mountains were a lovely refreshing Osteiner (a variety in its own right, a Riesling/Sylvaner hybrid) matched with smoked salmon blinis.
We drove from the Lodge through the Maniototo covered in amazing hoar frost - a magnificent white wonderland to Naseby.
At Naseby is New Zealand's highest indoor and outdoor curling rink. We had a great fun learning to curl. The younger members of the extended family aged 9 and 11 could play equally as well as the adults, so we divided into 2 teams and learnt this arcane Scottish sport of hurling 20kg polished granite stones on the ice.