perhaps partly to do with the fact that I was only home for 12 days in January.
The first week of January, we farewelled Barry and Margaret, welcomed Narly and Rachel.
Packed the tent and kayak, (Both loaned from the neighbours, thanks heaps for that by the way)
and headed up to the Coromandel. Camped in a DOC camp site with friends Deb and Terry, and their kids. Cold shower and flush loo's, what more do you need.
Kids all had a ball on the beach every day, and enjoyed sleeping in the tent. Weather was a bit windy on one of the final days of the week, but not too bad, no drastic downpour of rain, or endless hours laying awake listening to rain on the tent.(yes Lucy did fall off, Ella managed to save herself and let go of her sister...)
I managed to catch one fish while away, (so not completely empty handed) but the 1.10hour paddle across the bay and back to set the crayfish pot was fruitless. Unless you count one big ugly black octopus and a starfish as a good catch??? maybe next time.Lucy the starfish
The girls managed well with the drive up and back, and we were fortunate to be able to drop Ella off with Barry and Margaret on the way back so she could spend a few days there.
Ang Lucy and I arrived home at 4pm on the 14th, and after a quick unpack, reshuffle, and finish packing my bike into a box, I was out the door again at 6pm to catch a flight to Auckland, and then a connection the following morning to Adelaide.
The next 10 days were spent mostly riding my bike... following the Tour Down Under.
managed to get 1000km in (good training miles!) and came home with good tan lines...Menglers hill, overlooking the Barossa valley.Checker hill in the chain of ponds region. Adelaide hills. (bit like Bluff hill but not quite as long...)
The friendly Koala that was in the tree directly opposite Craigs house. Well inside the city boundary of Adelaide.
Ang managed to juggle the girls and work with the help of Margaret and Barry, and then allowed me back in the house when I got back! (but I guess I have some work cut out to recoop the brownie points!!!)
The last few days of January were spent catching up on work, and spending a bit of time with Lucy (who turned 2 while I was away.)
Tomorrow we are into Febuary, and that is going to be just as exciting, with Ella starting school towards the end of the month!