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Colmar, France.

I spent some time in September visiting my daughter in Switzerland, and also catching up with my son & his partner. On one of the days I travelled to Colmar in France. The trip in itself was a delight as train travel doesn’t happen here much in NZ.



Weekly Photo Challenge: Nostalgic

Last weekend I took a trip out to an open home I saw in our local paper. In 1993 after we arrived in Katikati we began the process of building a home on our kiwifruit orchard. In January 1994 we moved in. It was a basic three bedroom home but I still remember the joy putting it together gave me.

Planting the gardens

P1100550Picking out this cherry tree and watching it grow

P1100551Deciding how to get the most storage in the compact kitchen

P1100564It was amazing to see that almost twenty years later the linoleum I chose is still in good condition and remember the times I watched out this window as the kiddywinkles played outside while I prepared another meal.

P1100562This was the first time I had had a home with a fireplace and how I loved being warm inside as the rain pelted down or the wind howled

P1100560The bathroom was a challenge. Beams for the shower had to be turned so that everything pieced together. The tiles I not only chose but put up are still there.

Not bad for a newbie tiler I think

P1100567Even the Hollywood lights are still in action…though they look a little wonky…but after almost twenty years…heck I look a little wonkier than I did the last time I looked in to this mirror.


The owners were lovely and happy to get a history on the building of the house. They were gracious enough to let me wander through both the house and time as I journeyed through my past. When it sells I hope the new owners know that it was built with love.

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