Christmas in NZ

We all went to NZ for Christmas and Iz got really excited waiting for Santa.

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She likes dressing up…

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A trip to the zoo was a hit too, with her good friend Benjamin.

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And back to Nanna and Grandads for some r & r.

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She loved picking blueberries for a few hours one day (5kg!) and found her sport: horse riding (chip off the old block). Even managing a trot!

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Palm Beach

A bit of a wet day so we tripped to Palm Beach for a walk and lunch.

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The lighthouse was almost burnt by a bush fire a month or so back so the greenery was rather spare.

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And no walk in the rain is complete without jumping in a muddy puddle.

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Lighthouse

We went up to Palm Beach today and after a little picnic walked up to the lighthouse.

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And we got a chance to climb to the top of it.

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And see the wonderful view.

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And we even saw a whale from the top. The blob on the right is a boat. The blob on the left was the whale having a blow.
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And we saw a pod of dolphins on the way down. But Isabel was quite happy the bear in the cave was an imaginary one.
Lovely day.

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NZ

A trip back to NZ for a few days.

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The girls had haircuts.

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And we managed to get a little skiing in. A blue sky day at Ruapehu.

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I even got a bike ride in, and skinned my knee pretending to be “young dad” on a scooter…

A great few days…