December and January

There isn’t any snow falling, nor fires burning or chestnuts roasting… but our festive season has had a lot of sun, sand and smiles 🙂

Just before Christmas we spent a week at Mt Maunganui, which was glorious!Mt MaunganuiPohutukawa Mt MaunganuiPohutukawa M & CWhile we were there, my baby girl turned 9!Maia turns 9Since Christmas we’ve been for lots of hikes, and even managed some mountain biking. Not to mention plenty of time in the pool.Hiking 2016Hiking 2016 2I always love finding a heart shaped rock!Heart shaped rockHiking 2016 3I’ve spent much time tending my garden… which is looking lush and green thanks to a couple of days of rain this week! garden jan 2016It’s very productive too – artichokes, potatoes, peas, beans, cucumbers – I’m impatiently waiting for the tomatoes, they just need to hurry up and ripen! garden jan 2016 2garden jan 2016 3Of course we still have one of these; Christmas tree 2015And there were plenty of presents, and all the usual things you would expect at Christmas – like us all eating more than a reasonable amount of festive-y food!

The summer still has another month or so to go, but work starts again later this week which will be a rude wake up call for those of us that have been lazing around in bed until a very late hour (ie, me!), but I’m sure we will manage to fit in plenty more outdoor activity before the children have to go back to school next month.

maia and janette mtSo my friends, I want to wish you a (little late) but very merry Christmas, and all the very best for a wonderful new year…

What’s happening in your world? What have you been up to?

J xox

17 thoughts on “December and January

  1. pamela says:

    What a wonderful childhood your children are having. Thank you for taking the time to share with us. Your photographs are beautiful as always. Happy new year to you all.

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  2. wendy says:

    Beautiful days there and loved seeing all of your photo’s, kidlets have grown so much and happy birthday little girl 9 ☺ here should be warm and sunny but next few days are rain and cold so doing a quick trip with our van to find warm summer lol


  3. Esther says:

    Wow it’s beautiful! Here in the Netherlands everyone is excited About a little snow and frost coming up, after an almost summerlike december. And for me, I’m figguring out if we can go on honeymoon to New Sealand next winter (or your summer) 😀 Happy 2016!


  4. Rose G says:

    Your pictures are beautiful as well as all the flowers and garden! It’s so weird looking at all the summery pictures at Christmas! Here in the US it’s winter and temps down to freezing.!


  5. Kathy says:

    Wonderful pics! Thanks for sharing. Best to you and your family in the New Year! Here in Northern California we are receiving much needed rain! Yea!


  6. Lisa says:

    You lucky guys get Christmas in summer!!! We have had a cold spell here but the last couple of days have been warmer! I was able to walk my dog today which was nice for the both of us! Started a knitting project, making a blanket! Happy summer wishes! Hugz Lisa and Bear


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