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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 … Continue reading

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Christmas & my Pohutukawa Fairy!

Pohutukawa Tree

We’ve got the tree up and are feeling festive. The Christmas CD’s have been dusted off and we’ve had our first sing along around the piano. The weather (it’s supposed to be summer in New Zealand now) is very northern … Continue reading

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An expat Christmas twice over, with some outdoor fun

Christmas in Santa Barbara 2013

Any expat will understand that Christmas (that is if it is a holiday that means something to you) is hard away from your home. This year, our first Christmas in Santa Barbara, California, USA, could have been twice as hard … Continue reading

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Merry Christmas from Santa Barbara!


Christmas in Santa Barbara is a wonderful place to be, with sunshine and blue sky by day, and a festive feel by nightfall at 5pm. Every tree trunk along State Street is snaked in white fairy lights, the shop windows … Continue reading

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Oh Christmas Tree, Oh Christmas Tree… | The Photo Gallery

Disneyland California Christmas Trees

It’s been many years since we’ve seen so many Christmas trees in the build up to Christmas. Visiting Disneyland in the festive season was, as you’d imagine, mind-blowing in a sensory overload of lights, baubles, ribbon, glitter and a touch … Continue reading

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Feeling Festive | The Photo Gallery

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It’s been so many years since we’ve celebrated the festive season in the northern hemisphere. It took me well over a decade to adjust to celebrating in the southern hemisphere – and just when I thought I’d finally done it… … Continue reading

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