December reflections | Christmas, a Birthday & holidaying

Pohutukawa Tree at Scorching Bay

It’s been a wonderful few weeks of holidaying in the countryside of the Wairarapa, enjoying the build up to Christmas, and our daughter Sophie’s Boxing Day Birthday, catching up with friends and enjoying the long light evening’s of summer. Our oldest daughter finished school for the year at the beginning of December and we’re loving […]

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Disneyland & California Adventures all decked up for Christmas


We visited Disneyland and California Adventure Park at the end of November, everything was decked out for Christmas. We stayed at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel and it was breathtakingly decorated for the season. We holidayed with wonderful friends; our neighbours from New Zealand flew over to join us!  They landed in LA, after some 14 hours of travelling […]

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A scorching Christmas for Wellington, right out the box (along with melted chocolates!)

Not since 1934 had Wellington had one as hot and we spent Christmas dressed minimally, seeking shade and deciding a late avo dinner should be taken indoors, where it was a lot cooler! We enjoyed a relaxed morning of present opening (the children were good and resisted opening anything under the tree until 9am – […]

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Things I’m Loving with a touch of icing sugar, paper chains & random elephants…

This was the week that started with three daughters at home. A Monday that witnessed mass paper-chain making, faces in plates of icing sugar and a Christmas elephant made out of an old milk-bottle! A Tuesday and Wednesday spent mostly at home, with two daughters (whilst Charlotte enjoyed end of term fun and shared lunches). […]

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