Our castle

I know, it looks just like a summer beach holiday shot. But it was really …. cold. Ten degrees ain’t much when your fingers are wet and sandy with a fresh breeze coming from the sea. Underline to the picture: On the left you see the tide-defence mechanism, it blocks flood waves from breaking the…

 

Takaka

The weather was so fine and warm that we couldn’t stay at home – had to have another look across the ‘big hill’ and visit the organic food store in Takaka, maybe go to Pohara …

 

Dollmakers Retreat Weekend

As spring fair approaches, the group met once more for two days of extended dollmaking, knitting, sewing, wet felting etc. We were guests at Riverside Community and spent a wonderful time handcrafting and talking. Anna and Verena did their first needle felt work and I got real muscles at wet felting (man, this is some…

 

Aerodrome Day

Today we had a stop at the aerodrome event at the Motueka Airport, plenty of food, some attractions for kids (face painting, bouncy castle) and of course sky diving action:        

 

Motueka River Valley

The first warm day in weeks we spent a morning off in the valley, just us grown-ups by car, just going for some adventure drive-aimlessly-around (that’s what we do best ;) But the entry to the Kahurangi National Park wasn’t possible (and as we’ve heard hasn’t been since mid of June due to a hangslide,…

 

The End

With this beautiful “The Doors” song in my mind, I did the last of these many steps that led us to the very end of Sandspit. Yeah, we did it. After some attempts to reach the southern end of the spit I almost gave up on it because I always ran out of time –…

 

Kina Peninsula

Kina has many faces: It stretches north of Mapua onto an almost-island (peninsula) which nearly touches Motueka Harbour on its northern tongue. Some nice holiday homes lay there towards the sea and also face the inlet. After school we just had to walk a little bit and chose this undiscovered (by us) piece of beach. Kina…

 

Homework

Because Anna attends to school from 9 to 3, there’s never any homework.  And that’s a good thing, too, because when the kids get home, they want to play, jump, run, everything but sit still. I was surprised by the homework the other day, it said: “Get up in the morning (at 7 am) and watch…

 

A rare dry day’s impressions

Get up, have some perfectly spiced chai with milk and a big spoon of sugar. Inhale the fresh spring air with closed eyes and listen closely to the excited chatter of the birds. Wake the kids, go through all the morning routine without growing new grey hairs and bring them to their destinations … have…

 

Stilts

Anna had her first contact with stilts two weeks ago (and already knows how a fall feels on these stilts with shoes nailed to it). Verena borrowed her friend Sarah’s stilts for a try, she did really well (but too fast for the camera ;)

 
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