Our first week in New Zealand was a little hectic with the wedding and everything but the 2nd week was much more my style!
For the first few days we looked after the boys while my sister and new Brother in Law were on their honey moon. This included a few trips to town to visit various parks as well as the beach. Then they came back and within 24 hours headed back to Australia.
After they left we spent a lot of time just hanging out around the house and beautiful gardens enjoying the amazing weather.
Many play grounds were visited when all the cousins were together. Here is Jacob hanging out with Tom who is one of just three male cousins. The other eight are girls + two sisters!
Although on holidays you never stop learning. Here are my girls in the garden with their ‘Grumpy’ learning all about Beans. They dried them out and a few weeks later separated the seeds to be used for next years crop. Some of those seeds are now growing in our Thai garden!
Plenty of learning inside as well. Here the girls watch Grumpy separating the cream from the milk. The cream is unbelievably delicious and helped me make the best creamy garlic prawns ever!
The weather was amazing and the flowers were blooming. Here the girls are pretending to get married. Ariya is the Bride and Marisah the groom.
Ariya was not to keen on the kiss! A marriage doomed from the start I am afraid.
It was also warm enough (well for crazy people like Marisah and her grand parents) to go for a swim!
After a week off from running I found my feet as well as a great track just over the river. 4kms up and 4kms back made for a great run. Also, when you have views like this along the way great quickly turns to perfect.
Mum and Dad took the opportunity of us being around to look after things to take off for a much needed short break. One of the jobs was to milk the cow. Not something I would like to do twice a day for months on end but for a few days it was a lot fun. Here is ‘Minstrel’ coming into the milking shed.
Jacob was fascinated with what I was doing.
It doesn’t always go to plan though. Kick the bucket, no use crying over spilt milk…. any other cliches you can think of?
Week three including Christmas and week four with New Years are still to come and then I will get stuck into my Thailand posts. Thanks for your patience.