Saturday, March 9, 2013

Weekend in review....

Weekends are so much fun. I love them. I love the relaxedness (is that a word!) of them, the business of them, the knowing you can do as much or as little as you want for the next 2 days!  For us, it's the only time we get to spend time altogether as a family doing fun things. And our move to NZ has made for even more fun planning. We have made a list of things we want to do, see, explore, stay visit etc while we are here and we hope to spend our weekends doing all of the by. one.

This weekend we thought we'd check out Matakana Village. We heard it's a local market held every Saturday for good (organic mostly) food with a little handmade on the side. It was about an hours drive from our house so not far at all.

They were fantastic. So many beautiful, fresh, local foods and supplies it was hard to select just a few to buy from. And the lay out was fabulous. I haven't seen anything like it at home, but would be such a great thing to set up. It felt almost like what I imagine a market would have felt like back in old trading days. Simple but lovely.  We came away with beautiful blue cheese, olive flat bread, smoked garlic, organic homemade salami and an eggplant plant for the garden (much to the kids disgust!)

Then one our way home we took a little detour to discover Snells Beach. Unfortunately the tide was too far out for swimming, but it's never too far out for adventuring and having fun.

Perfect way to spend a Saturday if you ask me!

What do you like to do on the weekends? Do you support your local markets? What stalls draw you in?


  1. oh i am jealous of those markets. Such great food in NZ. and eggplant - YUM! Our local markets do not have all that much that is locally grown or made on offer.
    At the moment our weekends are for resting, but a little person needs an adventure of some sort every day!

  2. Sounds fantastic Claud. Good to see you are checking out the local area. I imagine the fresh produce is second to none over there x


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