The great outdoors

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Sorry things have been unusually quite here at the green dragonfly, its summer and we have been busy doing mostly outdoorsy family things. This week we’ve also been camping again.

This time it was a little more rustic than the last, beside the Hikutaia River on my husband’s uncle’s farm just out of Paeroa.

Hikutaia StreamIt is a very beautiful spot…

Hikutaia StreamAnd very peaceful.

Swimming in the river was lovely, especially since the camping spot is right beside a swimming hole which is safe enough (and shallow around the perimeter) for small children. Cold though (hence the wetsuits mid summer)!

Hikutaia StreamThe kids spent a lot of time playing in the rocks and just sitting throwing stones in the river…

And searching for rabbits…

What do you mean you can’t see the rabbit?

There was a  swing bridge just up the road which was lots of fun too!

We did a bit of cooking over an open fire, which the kids loved.

Especially dessert…

Straight off the stick.

Or squished between two chocolate Krispie biscuits to make a yummy smores….

One of the great things about camping is that the kids love helping out, and doing chores they wouldnt usually do at home.

My favourite time was later on, once the sun had gone down and it was all quiet… except for the sound of the crackling fire and the river.

We let Maia stay up until it was dark… unfortunately her imagination went into overdrive and she woke up a couple of times during the night scared.  Poor thing!

There’s nothing better than waking up in the morning, and staying snuggled up in your sleeping bag when its still chilly (as you can imagine two kids in a tent means no one gets to sleep in)…

And once the fire is lit, a nice hot Milo! Nice plastic cup, mental note to self… get some new camping mugs.

When we were packing up I showed the kids how to draw using charcoal, which they loved….

Definitely a craft for outdoors! You don’t even want to see what their clothes were like…

Lucky we were going home!

How was your week?

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24 thoughts on “The great outdoors

    faeryfay said:
    January 22, 2012 at 5:53 pm

    What a fabulous spot! Gorgeous!

      Janette responded:
      January 22, 2012 at 10:35 pm

      It was beautiful we were very lucky!

    earthstonestation said:
    January 22, 2012 at 6:43 pm

    Always great to bring the children close to nature.

      Janette responded:
      January 22, 2012 at 10:34 pm

      They really love it too :)

    Ali G said:
    January 22, 2012 at 8:11 pm

    Ooh! I love your camping spot! It looks so serene and perfect for some fun freedom camping. We haven’t gone camping this year yet, but plan to asap – it’s so much fun and the kids love it too.

      Janette responded:
      January 22, 2012 at 10:33 pm

      I hope you get to go soon!

    Laura Miller said:
    January 22, 2012 at 9:30 pm

    What a wonderful post! I’ve had the week from hell as I’m a teacher and went back to school!!! Your post really made me take a deep breath and delight in that scenery!!! I could just sit with my toes in that water!!! lol x p.s. doesn’t Milo taste sooooooooo much better in a plastic mug by the river???

      Janette responded:
      January 22, 2012 at 10:32 pm

      Happy to help, sorry about your week tho! I have to say it tasted pretty damn good alright… Maybe it was the mug :)

    Deco Cat said:
    January 22, 2012 at 10:01 pm

    How wonderful to be able to spend in a week with people you love in such a stunning place! Looks as if you all had a fabulous time!

      Janette responded:
      January 22, 2012 at 10:30 pm

      We did, makes you appreciate home so much more too!

    youllfindmewhistling said:
    January 22, 2012 at 10:21 pm

    Gorgeous! I’d love to take our boys camping!!

      Janette responded:
      January 22, 2012 at 10:29 pm

      If they are anything like our two they will love it!

    Tracie said:
    January 22, 2012 at 10:26 pm

    Wow, the scenery looks fantastic, sometimes doing the simple things in life bring the most joy. I am glad that you liked your trip x.

      Janette responded:
      January 22, 2012 at 10:28 pm

      Getting back to nature is great, of course I loved my shower when I got home too!

    stocki said:
    January 23, 2012 at 8:33 am

    Aw… I want to see the charcoal covered clothes!! Ha ha! Love the big arrow to the rabbit.. it looks like it was a fantastic week…what lovely memories you are helping your children make! Um… what is Milo?? :)x

      Janette responded:
      January 23, 2012 at 3:15 pm

      Hee hee Milo is a hot drink, like hot chocolate – only malted I think. Its a staple in NZ and Australia!!!!!

    Lynda said:
    January 23, 2012 at 7:03 pm

    Hi Janette – love the photos (you have the same camera as me – isn’t it a beauty?), stories and crochet. I think I’m out of luck on the Moda Vera Precious, but will treasure the amount I still have left for the current blanket project, anyway!

    All the best,


    KatiesCameraBlog said:
    January 25, 2012 at 3:42 am

    Your kids are so lucky. I love that you take me along on these trips. Just so wonderful. And beautiful photos also! :)

    Joanne said:
    January 26, 2012 at 3:01 am

    What an amazing place to be able to camp with your children, it looks so idyllic. My boys would love to go on that swing bridge but I’d prefer your dessert!! Have a good week x

    vintagehomespun said:
    January 26, 2012 at 3:48 am

    Looks like you had a great camping trip! Judy x

    Faith said:
    January 27, 2012 at 11:27 pm

    All looks just perfect! I would love this kind of holiday for us, enjoying th simplicity of the outdoors, rediscovering the fun to be had. My hubby has always refused to camp, but maybe one day…..

    Seeing your blogger profile I didn’t realise you were a banjo player, did you take it camping to sing around the fire? I don’t really play anything you can sing along with flute, clarinet (unless I learn a ventriloquism act) the piano may be a bit cumbersome and my guitar skills are dubious to say the least.

    Alessandra said:
    January 28, 2012 at 12:27 am

    Reading your post and looking at the beautiful pics, memories of my childhood campings in Canada came back to me…..Thank you for this sweet recall!
    Love, xxx Alessandra

    Amber DelGreco said:
    July 2, 2013 at 7:04 am

    I can’t find 8 ply cotton where did you get it and what is the name if the brand :)


      Janette responded:
      July 2, 2013 at 7:56 am

      Hi I get it at Spotlight here in New Zealand, the brand is Moda Vera. Jxx

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