Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Christmas, a New Year and a new home.

This post may be a bit all other the place as again its been quite some time since the last one and there is a bit of catching up to do!

Christmas was spent at Parangahau in the Hawkes Bay with Christmas Day lunch and Boxing day at Hinerangi with the extended Ward family. The Hini Mini Tenni Tourni was fun as always. I've played in it for many Christmases and never won - Don on the other hand won on his first go!

Our annual Christmas video.

Before we left Auckland Charlie had his Christmas party at the wonderful Fire Station.

And his last day.

Daphy balloon catching.

And light gazing.

We had a wonderful day at the zoo with George and Tommy. We miss the zoo!

A few snaps before we left Auckland.

A lovely last night at the Bywaters.

We had a wonderful couple of weeks staying at Emma and Willies house in Masterton before we moved into our little cottage. A great introduction to country life!

We spent time with the Bartons over New Year.

And caught up with some of my old Masterton friends and their kids - there was a lot of them!

We have now settled into life on Matahiwi Road. We are staying in my Aunt Sally's two bedroom cottage, just down the road from our new (old) house. It is great, very green and quite (albeit very small!). The chooks are free range and the kids are getting better at keeping their food away from them!

The Hills were our first visitors, we took them to our river for a picnic. We have to crawl under the electric fence!

Alby lost his first 2 teeth!

The driveway has gone in at the house.

The kids love exploring the farm machinery.

They got to go on an actual forage harvester!

This spot is going to amazing once it is finished!

The chooks nest in the trees.

And sunbathe on the deck.

Daphy prefers no clothes!

The little boys love their new kindy (it is the kindy I went to as a little girl!).

Alby is loving his new school, Fernridge. Now reading fluently and a better speller than me!

We now own 11 cows...

And our container of belongings which sits in our paddock.

We are loving the river and make the most of it when the sun is out.

And sometimes when it is not!

We have finally managed to hang our swinging chair - a wonderful spot on a sunny evening.

Don and I managed to get away by ourselves for the first time in 6 years! We went to see James Taylor at Church Road Vineyard in Napier. It was amazing!

We had a great day at Riversdale Beach, it felt a bit like summer!

The boys love helping Don collect the firewood.

And the house is now on piles!

Alby had his first swimming sports... It would seem he hasn't inherited the competitive gene!

Daphy gets cuter by the day and is turning into a real character!

Thats it for now. See you next time!


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