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Bonfires and Chinese Lanterns

2.8.18  POST CATEGORY  :  Lifestyle | Children | Family | Celebration
Genevieve celebrated turning twelve this year with some geocaching around a wetland with her friends, followed by lots of open fire cooking at the beach. Dampa bread, sausages, marshmallows and tinfoil wrapped bananas! Yum!! The girls all lit there own fires using a flint which was pretty impressive. The cake was a bonfire of course, and naturally it had to be on fire, a left over box of sparklers provided this element. The evening was finished off with eating cake and lighting Chinese lanterns, watching them float out to sea. A lovely way to finish a perfect evening. Click to view full blog post
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TranzAlpine

2.8.18  POST CATEGORY  :  Together | Personal | Lifestyle | Family

The end of the school holidays saw us take a train trip across the Canterbury planes to the West Coast on the Tranz Alpine. It was lovely to have extended family with us, let's just say the tubing that took nearly a whole hour just to get into ones wetsuits, wouldn't have been nearly as much fun without everyone there! No one would know who we were talking about when we drop 'Mr Green' a newly invented term, into converstations from now on either unless you were actually there ;-) The Tranz Alpine is one of the top ten train journeys in the world and I can understand why, although being a fellow kiwi, it just seems 'normal'.

The cloud formations as we left Christchurch were pretty impressive...

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Balloons at Elephant Rocks

21.6.18  POST CATEGORY  :  Lifestyle | Children | Family | Celebration | Landscape

Sophia has just turned four, and what better way to celebrate than with some ginormous pink and white balloons!! There was going to be four balloons of course... but maybe one balloon had other ideas. Of course the gas canisters said they'd fill 30 balloons, but managed a sum total of four. It didn't matter... you know it's going to be a good day when the lighting's stunning, the sky is thunderous and someone declare, "Can we do a funny face" a great family day out with a story to tell for years to come :-)

Happy Birthday Miss Sophia!!

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Long grass and little legs

2.3.18  POST CATEGORY  :  Baby | Together | Children | Family
These days we don't just have 'urban sprawl', we have 'international sprawl' where one's family's can be spread far and wide. That often means we're not together that often and when the opportunity does come along, it's nice to 'cease the day' and get some photographs taken.  Click to view full blog post
Look at those lashes and cute little lips... its hard to wake anyone who looks this cute when they're asleep let alone a toddler, so we gave River as long as possible...
Look at those lashes and cute little lips... its hard to wake anyone who looks this cute when they're asleep let alone a toddler, so we gave River as long as possible...
Thanks guys for inviting me to spend the morning with you, the company was superb.
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Dee & Simon's Country Wedding

27.2.18  POST CATEGORY  :  Together | Wedding | Celebration
It's not every girl who would patiently wait for thirty years for the man she loves to finally put a ring on her finger, but then Dee is no ordinary girl. She's so lovely, kind and considerate and well... she'd have to be to wait that long, aye Simon ;-) 

A warm summer's day brought about the wedding of Dee's dreams, after all she's had a long time to envision how this would all play out. "Are the petals out?" she asked, "The globes above the main table?"... this was going to be beautiful!! Simon just went along with it for Dee I suspect. He's the practical, no fuss farmer type who didn't see why the ceremony should be any longer than ten minutes; I mean how many things are there that one actually has to do, in order to be legally married?  Click to view full blog post
The marquee on the side lawn of the old family homestead was ready...
The marquee on the side lawn of the old family homestead was ready...
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