Busy few weeks loyal readers! Sorry for the lack of posts. A couple of weeks ago, there were prophecies of doom and gloom in the area. We were expecting snow but no-one knew how much of the white stuff was going to hit us. TV news reports implied it could be heavy and, a local farmer I know, said that the pattern of Winter was like 1992.

Snowfall back in 1992 is legendary in the area of NZ where I live. It’s referred to as the Big Snow and over 1 million animals died. So everyone was a tad nervous and busy stocking up on essentials like water and tinned goods.

It turned out to be a non-event. The snowflakes hit the ground and melted pretty much straight away. I’ll be very happy not to see snow this year. Being Australian (from Sydney), it was a novelty for the first year or two. Now, it’s pretty much ho-hum and a nuisance when it melts.

Once we move up North, we’ll be thankful not to see snow. Although we know we’ll have to contend with more rain.

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I love this photo of Zeph. I often find him sitting or standing, staring into space. Is he thinking of a juicy bone? Or wondering whether a pesky rabbit is lurking nearby?

On this occasion, I think he was hoping Saffy would ignore him as she was led back to the paddock, after being ridden by a young girl.

Saffy and Zeph get on very well but Saffy thinks she is boss mare. Sometimes she flattens her ears at Zeph and he’s smart enough to get out of her way fast.

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Here is one of my beautiful horses (I have three mares). This is Miss Rosie. She’s a Shire X TB (for non-horsey people, that is a Shire crossed with a Thoroughbred).

Look at her eyes. That’s the thing about Miss Rosie: she has such kind eyes. In fact, she is a very affectionate horse and loves her cuddles.

I love the photos below of Miss Rosie with the young daughter of a friend.

Take the time to be with your horse and you experience amazing love and communication.

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I’m loving a few things lately. Constantly wearing them or using them. So I thought I’d show you.

IMG_8583That hot tomali handbag is my recently purchased Rebecca Minkoff Hudson Mini Moto. I’ve been using it since I bought it back in early May. You can’t fit much in the bag so it’s really made me downsize the stuff I was lugging around. I have a very small wallet, my iPhone, one lipstick and keys. That’s it.

Starting from the left:

  • Heritage Store Egyptian Oil. This is a new discovery. I bought it off iHerb and it’s a blend of olive, peanut, sassafras, fir needle, and lanolin oils. You massage into tired muscles or sore joints. It does smell a little bit like Deep Heat but nowhere near as potent. I find it really effective. The product is based on a formula from Edgar Cayce.
  • Alba Botanica. Pretty sure this is an American brand and I discovered it this year, again on iHerb. I’m loving the distinctive yellow, green and brown packaging of the brand. I bought the Drink It Up Coconut Milk Hawaiian Leave-In Conditioning Mist. The mist smells like you’re spraying a tropical garden into your hair and the scent lingers for some time. Hair feels soft too.
  • But the real find from this brand is the Jasmine and Vitamin E Hawaiian Moisture Cream – wow. Beautiful, but subtle jasmine scent, not too heavy on the skin; absorbs quickly and is great under makeup. I think this might be a HG product for me.
  • The Body Shop Early Harvest Raspberry Body Butter. You know I love body butters from TBS. Normally, I buy the Shea Body Butter or the Cocoa Body Butter. Recently, I tried the Olive one and loved it, so thought why not try a totally different scent. I was a bit worried I’d smell like a fruit bowl but nope, the Raspberry Body Butter is very subtle. I liked it so much I bought the Frosted Cranberry variety at Christmas time. I have a couple of body butters to use up before I get to this one. And I am very keen to try out Alba Botanica’s Hawaiian Kukui Nut Body Cream.
  • Now Solutions Moroccan Red Clay Powder. Another iHerb find. Actually, I’m buying most of my stuff off iHerb these days. I saw this product on a YouTube beauty video and thought it would be great to use as a detoxifying masque. It feels slightly warm once on the skin and certainly tightens up the pores and skin. I use it once a week.
  • Hourglass Ambient Lighting Bronzer in Radiant Bronze Light. I have quite a few bronzers but I keep coming back to this one. It isn’t orangey and gives you a wonderful sun-kissed glow. In the pan, it looks like there’s a lot of shimmer going on but it doesn’t show up on the skin. The texture is silky and smooth and blending is a breeze.
  • Kat von D Shade and Light Eye Contour Palette. I’ve not tried anything from this brand before and this was a very good start. A great matte eyeshadow palette that is very easy to travel with. It’s arranged into three colour quads – neutral, cool, and warm. I mix it all up and I find the eye shadows very velvety with minimal fall out.
  • Jewellery. There are two pieces of jewellery in the photo. One is just above the Hourglass bronzer. I bought it up in the North Island and it’s a cuff filled with sparkly gold beads. A great piece of costume jewellery that I seem to wear a lot.
  • The second piece of jewellery is in the photo below and I bought it a few months ago in Wellington. It was instant love. I walked into a shop in Cuba Mall full of amazing rings and earrings. I was just looking and was in the shop for 5 minutes or so before setting my eyes on the ring.
  • I was so attracted to the light blue colour, which is unusual because green is my favourite colour. I would not have said that I was a fan of blue but, since getting this ring, I’ve noticed that a lot of my clothes are shades of blue. And a favourite handbag is navy.
  • I didn’t know what the stone was and ended up in a long conversation with the shop manager who told me it’s a Larimar. I’ve since found out that Larimar is a fairly recent find from the 1970s and is only found in the Dominican Republic. It’s also known as the Dolphin Stone, Blue Pectolite, Atlantis Stone and Stefilia’s Stone, and is a rare blue variety of the silicate mineral pectolite.
  • When you look at the stone, it’s like seeing the sun dancing on turquoise waters. It’s said to be a crystal of serenity and aids communication. The ring is handmade and I really like the thick shank, which has a hammered effect. I haven’t taken the ring off since I bought it a few months ago. IMG_8741

We’re a third of the way through Winter and, so far, it’s been surprisingly mild. A couple of chilly Arctic blasts passed through quickly and that’s about it. No snow – yet.

We bought Zeph and Zsa Zsa new pet beds. They’re orthopedic dog beds and designed to give support to arthritic or senior dogs. Neither Zeph nor ZZ are arthritic or senior but I reckon younger dogs can benefit from having excellent quality bedding to support their joints.

I found Zeph snoozing by the fire the other day on his new bed. He loves it.

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We’ve up to the North Island for a few days. I must say that the vegetation there is lush. You get giant ferns, stunning Kauri trees, Totora and beautiful Pohutukawa trees boasting crimson flowers.

We stayed in a lodge and our window looked over a small white church nestled amongst Winter foliage. You can just see the red roof of the church in the photo below.

IMG_8681What really caught my eye though is the tree in the middle of the photo. What a stunner.

How handsome is this dog? I turned around the other day to find Zeph sitting like this. Thank goodness I had my trusty iPhone on me.

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