July 2004 - January 2005
(Don't forget you can click on any of the following photos to see them bigger)
|Our latest garden project
|Our recent "Summer" weekend!
|At the beginning of December we took a long weekend up North
at a Holiday Park on the Kauri Coast. We went up together with three lots of
friends and their families, Ken and Lissa, Vaidas and Tracey, and Catherine
and Mike (who were up visiting from their new home near Queenstown) and a
total of 7 other kids. The "Top 10 Holiday Park" is a regular holiday
destination for our friends, but it was the first time there for us. We
were wildly impressed with the immaculate grounds circled around the very
outside by a flowing river, making it so picturesque.
|Our four families stayed in a variety of accommodation, from
cabins to a tent and caravan, most all side by side which was great. Our
friends are such regulars here that the owners did some special things for
us all like drive the kids around on their quad farm bike (shown right)
and letting us use their private spa pool!
On the first day there the kids all had a great time playing together on the playgrounds while we adults had a good chat. Unfortunately, overnight, the weather closed in and it basically rained non stop for the next 2 days. We managed to enjoy wine in a cute covered BBQ area while the kids played in the rain, etc but we ended up coming back a day early. That's NZ weather for you - but never mind we had a great time with everyone and would love to go back again!
|We hope you had a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
New Year's Holiday at the bach
|After a hectic few months leading up to Christmas, we were
glad we'd booked some time away at the family Bach (belonging to Brent's
family) up north on the beach at Wellington Bay, just down from Tutukaka.
It's a big roomy 5-bedroom batch (containing beds for up to 15 people!) so
we invited up my family (parents Graham and Christine, brothers Richard and
Robert, Richard's fiancÚ Michelle, and Robert's friend Mark) to join us for
a few days over the New Year. The weather was looking pretty dubious the
first couple of days we were there. However the day after the rest of the family
arrived it fined up beautifully and we were able to really enjoy a lot of time on the
The girls lived on the beach most days and had a ball in the sand pools
and castles created by the adult family members!
Late on New Year's Eve we were pleasantly surprised to be treated to a magnificent professional fireworks display above our quiet little beach (thanks to a neighbour who works in that industry)! During our overall stay we were able to relax, enjoy the local cuisine at nearby restaurants/cafe's, play some games of 500 and Mah Jong, etc. Before we knew it the week was over and it was time to return to Auckland. On the way back we popped in to visit a friend of mine, Lisa, who has moved up north with her family. We had a nice catch-up while the children played together.
All in all a nice relaxing break, and much fun had by all!
A trip out on the new Boat