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Jan/Feb 2022

First month done and dusted for the year and into the first week of the second. As it was the summer holidays there were a lot of new memories made. The summer has been so warm this year, the cats are really feeling it.

We went away to Taupo for a long weekend and had lots of fun, went out for dinner at The Plateau, went to the Prawn Park and a Petting Zoo.

Long days at the Beach and blueberry picking, so much blueberry picking. Mike got a pizza oven for his Birthday and I got a Paint by Numbers.

Lots of cooking done, Mike unfortunately has learnt how to make amazing bread and also unfortunately keeps making amazing bread and I cooked my first turkey (forgot to take an after photo … it was pretty good) and I learnt about salt brining.

Dad and I built a trench and set up his automatic watering system, which will be extended at some point up to the chicken coop, we did a good job and my poor ladylike hands got a blister.

We went to visit Aspen, who is the bestest goodest most wonderful dog in the whole wide world and is my ticket to convincing Mike to get one of our own and a photo of my water baby.

And to finish up, the obligatory first day of school photo – Year 4!!

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Starting a new year – 2022

It’s probably never a good idea to actually make a new year’s resolution, as they are often left by the wayside mid February. But, I think I’m going to take a chance and make one. I read my Dad’s entries on here all the time and I really enjoy it so I figured that maybe I should add sometimes too.

Today we went to Raglan beach, we swam, built a sandcastle, the sand here is black and glittery, which is nice to look at but irritating to clean out of your car, and towels, and togs, and hair and … well, you get it. I don’t know why the sand is black but I bet Dad does 🙂 We had lunch at Wylds Cafe, the food was great, all the windows were open and it was a beautiful day. Ana and I played a mobile phone game and built our restaurant empire one pancake and coffee at a time. At some point I was demoted to sous chef and eventually my phone was taken from me by my child. To be fair she had outgrown my help.

Raglan is a beautiful town, set on the coast. It’s hard to describe, to get to it you follow a windy round, up and down, sharp bends and a mountain range. You’re following this road forever, typically with a local right up your tailpipe and then suddenly you crest a hill and there it is. This beautiful town, deep blue waters, hills covered in green forests and a quaint main street. Everyone wants to live in Raglan, villas and houses swarm across the hills, every space filled, each vying for a ‘sea view’. Some modern, all glass and dark, others wooden villas with ramshackle shutters and overgrown gardens.

It’s got lots of little shops and eateries and is very pretty, sometimes the hippie artisan vibe is at odds with the elitism but it’s easy to over look on a day trip. We came home, tired, covered in sand, most likely sun brunt and happy.