Sunday, 20 January 2013
From ice box to Oven!
This was the view from our back door the morning we left Norfolk for New Zealand. And I know from my emailing/facebooking friends and relatives how bad it got, I think we just escaped from Heathrow in the nick of time.
We arrived to rapturous excitement a couple of hours later than we should have, but we got here! Weather wasn't brilliant when we arrived but has bucked up considerably since.
Beccie's boyfriend Jack had been diving off the north coast with is family, and brought back a giant cray fish for us to have for supper that first night. I've seen smaller lobsters! Anyway it was beautiful, and we met him the next day - under-going Trial by Grandparents!
From Kit's top deck we had a view of the ocean! The sky looks strangely dull but it was actually very blue and very sunny.
We had a stroll along the beach, then the children played on the swings tip it was time to go home for a BBQ in the sunshine. Not that I'm trying to make you feel chilly!
Yesterday we had a trip out to Devonport, the Naval base. Kit had taken Jim and I there last time we were in NZ. This was better weather, and I had discovered there was a quilting shop there - thanks to an article in an old Australian quilting mag which I'd held onto. I have to say they didn't have much apart from plenty of fabric, and I was after some embroidery threads. However I did manage to get some nice fabric to make Beccie a cushion cover and some appliqué for her new bedroom.
The boys were very keen to explore the tunnels up at the Battery, though Bex found them spooky!
The view from the top. You get a panoramic view of the Auckland skyline, Rangitoto the slumbering volcanic island just offshore, and Devonport itself. Lots of lovely old-fashioned wooden homes, very 'New England' I felt.
Fraser finds a cave! Just managed to catch up with him before he scooted off headlong into it!
Mr Midshipman Fraser looking out to sea.
And Pirate Captain Dylan checking out the mechanics. Well that's all for now folks, am very tired, and we have a early start tomorrow. I know you will forgive my unpreviewed post - I'll do better next time! Keep warm!