Morning Meanderings… A Winner…. and a Dinner

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Good morning!  The weekend is fully over!  I was so tired and didn’t do much all weekend and then it hit me… with the time change from New Zealand to Minnesota we actually went through January 22nd twice.  That means I had an 8 day week! No wonder I was tired!

Over the weekend I took part in the best audiobooks of 2014 hop and giveaway.  It was a lot of fun to see what people said were the best audiobooks and I made myself a list to work off of.  I was giving away an audiobook from audible or a $15 gift card to Amazon….  my winner is (using random.org)

 

Megan at Rivervina Romantics

Congratulations!

And now for the dinner…  while in New Zealand one of our excursions included a lunch at a private home.  The home was beautiful and we were served by the owners.  I wish I would have taken more pictures of their back deck area, they must have had seating for 50!  Anyway, here are some of the pictures of that event I wanted to share today:

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The back deck area where we ate. What a view!
I love this - it is an old iron footed coffee table turned upside down and a roof put on it.  WALA!  Bird feeder.
I love this – it is an old iron footed coffee table turned upside down and a roof put on it. WALA! Bird feeder.

 

I wish my blog was scratch and sniff.  These were wonderful!
I wish my blog was scratch and sniff. These were wonderful!

 

The dessert was this hard ice cream in an ice bowl!  It was served with a warm fruit sauce.  Mmmmmm
The desert was this hard ice cream in an ice bowl! It was served with a warm fruit sauce. Mmmmmm

 

This statue was at the end of a small pool.
This statue was at the end of a small pool.

 

My husband and my friend Wendy looking over the wine and water.  Guess what I chose?  It starts with a "w".
My husband and my friend Wendy looking over the wine and water. Guess what I chose? It starts with a “w”.

 

In the house was this magazine featuring... yup, the house we were in.  They were featured in New Zealand Home and Garden Magazine.
In the house was this magazine featuring… yup, the house we were in. They were featured in New Zealand Home and Garden Magazine.

 

Today I am having coffee with a friend, a meeting in the afternoon, and some work to do in the home office.  I am feeling back to myself again, getting energized and ready to roll!  🙂

28 Comments on “Morning Meanderings… A Winner…. and a Dinner

  1. What a lovely place for your dinner, Sheila. Thanks for sharing the photos. Have a good day!

  2. So jealous of your trip! I had to laugh at your Headline as it made me think of this thing a friend of ours shouts on occasion for no particular reason: “Winner, winner, chicken dinner!” or, rather, in his accent, “Winnah, Winnah, Chicken Dinnah!” so there’s that.

  3. What a gorgeous place to have a meal! Loved the ice cream ice bowl. And those flowers. Hydrangeas? I’m fascinated by them. We can’t grow this down here. Too hot I expect. Thanks for sharing with us!

  4. Wow….gorgeous.

    I love that the sun is shining and no snow. 🙂

    Love the ice cream serving dish.

    Thanks for the photos.

    Elizabeth

  5. A beautiful home and I love the idea for a bird feeder – very clever.

  6. What a beautiful place to have lunch. Those purple flowers are stunning!
    Congrats to the winner!

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