Shady Tree

Posted on | April 11, 2012 | 11 Comments |

It was a beautiful autumn midweek day, and Ailuros and I were going on a day-trip! The notion had hit him the night before, so after a flurry of texts (‘sound like a plan?’ ‘sounds great!’) he swung past about 10:30am and picked me up – and off we drove up to the Whangaparaoa Peninsula. We were going to Shakespear Regional Park, and we were going to have a picnic.

What do you need for a picnic? Not much, it turns out. We took the following with us:

  • stunning weather – it felt more like summer than most of summer had!
  • a parasol (of course), with sunblock in my bag
  • lunch that he’d made, and dessert made by me
  • and the all-important cameras (two of his, one of mine)

We nattered on the drive up, found a beautiful spot at Te Haruhi Bay, under a tree and right by the shoreline, and settled down for lunch – which was divine! Who expects to eat homemade gazpacho, topped with seared prawns and fresh coriander, at the beach? There was also homemade salsa (with lots of avocado) to go on crackers, and a delicious blue brie, too. *happy sigh*

After we’d stuffed ourselves, and lazed about a bit, we decided swimming was definitely the way to go. Being autumn, and a Tuesday, the place was practically deserted. There’d been a bird-watcher around earlier, and a someone fishing, but both had disappeared by this point. So Ailuros got into what was comfortable swimming attire for him – a full body wetsuit with funky booty wetsuit feet as well – while I went to the other extreme and just stripped off to skin instead. Hey, whatever works!

(Yes, there will be photos of that. Just not today.)

After swimming and splashing and a whole lot of floating and fun, we eventually emerged. And after months of failing to get myself a tree shot for the Scavenger Hunt, it occurred to me that the one we were picnicking under was perfect… so here they are:

The parasol is a beautiful 1920’s vintage one – you can see more of it in this post.

You can just see our picnic stuff off to the right – and that lovely ocean behind me!

And then it was time for dessert. Mmmmm! I’d gone for something different too, and made blackberry and walnut muffins – they were delicious! Just what you need after a refreshing dip in the ocean, don’t you think?


All photos by Ailuros – he photographed me, and I photographed him (it seemed only fair!).

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11 Responses to “Shady Tree”

  1. KaziGrrl
    April 12th, 2012 @ 12:25 am

    As usual, you have a stunning backdrop in your shots… it’s on my bucket list to swim naked in the ocean :)
    Go you for another fantastic addition to the Scavenger Hunt!

    ~Kazi xxx

  2. Michael Samadhi
    April 12th, 2012 @ 1:28 am

    You are always beautiful Dee! The backdrops aren’t too bad either . . . 😉

    I have to admit that you’ve spoiled your viewers with some of your previous posts, I was a little disappointed there weren’t “click thru” bonus pictures this time . . . hahahahaha!

    Ain’t I greedy?

  3. Molly
    April 12th, 2012 @ 4:45 am

    Ohhh I have a tree picture I have not posted yet… I think you might have just spurred me onto to finally use it.


  4. Rebel
    April 12th, 2012 @ 4:48 am

    Beautiful surroundings with a beautiful woman in the pictures!
    Love this post :)
    Rebel xox

  5. Jack and Jill
    April 12th, 2012 @ 7:13 am

    Though, like Michael, we were disappointed to find no click-thrus, the two shots of you are exquisite as always. We prefer the second, I think, as the ocean makes a great backdrop. For that matter, we love that first shot of the beach and the ocean; at a larger size it would make an excellent desktop wallpaper.

    The blueberry walnut muffins sound great, and we agree that they would make the perfect dessert after a delicious lunch and a swim in the ocean.

  6. Blacksilk
    April 12th, 2012 @ 11:42 am

    Love the pictures, the first one particularly. Lucky you!

  7. Carol Anne Caiafa
    April 14th, 2012 @ 10:37 am

    As usual… lovely.

    And painful to see… because no woman who worships other women – will ever have anything like this.

    But I will never stop adoring what you do, because I will always love seeing what I can never have portrayed. Please keep staying close! <3

  8. Carol Anne Caiafa
    April 15th, 2012 @ 9:31 am

    GRARGH Sorry. That comment I made yesterday came out all wrong!!!

    What I meant was, I wish I had the confidence to do what you do. I’m so damn shy!!!

    You are awesome, I love your blog entries!

  9. Jamie
    April 16th, 2012 @ 3:37 am

    The pictures were amazing Dee. The beach, omg, ideally the most perfect spot on the face of the earth!!

    Your pictures, amazing as always! :)

  10. SexToyLover
    April 16th, 2012 @ 4:19 pm

    Wow, gorgeous pictures, Dee. It’s always nice to see a full figured woman flaunt her stuff! :)

  11. Dee
    April 18th, 2012 @ 4:12 pm

    Kazi – I do recommend it, as it’s absolutely delicious!

    Michael – Well, I had so many click-throughs on the Easter Sunday post, I thought I’d take it easy with this one. Sorry about that!

    Molly – Oh, yes please :)

    Rebel – Why thank you!

    Jack and Jill – I think I will just have to send you a lovely large version of that photo, then…

    Blacksilk – *beams*

    Carol Anne – Your first comment definitely confused me (because I love women very much, as Demeter and Medea, and m’Lady, will attest). But the second clarified considerably. *hugs*

    Jamie – It is an utterly gorgeous spot, I agree.

    STL – Was I flaunting? I was just happy to be in my skin :)

    xx Dee


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