It's the summer holidays here in NZ and we've been making the most of it by exploring a little further up the Eastern coast and returning to the sea for our first proper surfing session since moving to New Zealand. We drove up to the town of Gisborne, full of history and Captain Cook's famous landing.
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After our sleeper trip to London a few years ago we really weren’t intending to do it again so soon.
Whenever outdoor cooking is happening, the question our two ask first is, “Can we toast mishmaows?” (Ever since a little family friend mispronounced marshmallows whilst accompanying us on an adventure, this has been what we call them).
We’ve just had our first dusting of snow on the mountains so it’s time to dust off our down jackets and get ready for the winter. This weekend I got all our various jackets out and put them all through the wash so they’re ready to get covered with mud all over again.
It was 2 days before Christmas and the minxes’ excitement level was 20,000ft and climbing. Despite the start of Storm Barbara’s gusty winds and blustery rain, the girls really needed to get outdoors and burn off some energy because there was a distinct danger that their exhilaration’s inevitable slide into mischief would get them onto Santa’s Naughty List!
The weather has been pretty variable for our holidays this year so we were glad we’d planned a hot lunch with shelter the day we set off round the point in the canoe.
My idea of a good family bike trip is something like this...
We are lucky to live in a beautiful region with many stunning places to adventure. Sometimes though, a recommendation from a friend opens another magical door to explore.
The saga of the abandoned camping trip is almost over: remember I told you that at the time, the lovely people at Waren Mills campsite phoned us after we returned home and, although they couldn’t return our camping payment, were happy to transfer it to another booking?
I feel that it is time to introduce the plastic dinosaurs as they come on all our canoe trips.
We like to get outdoors, no matter the weather. If it’s wet and windy, that just means wearing the right gear. After all, there’s mud to mess with, puddles to jump in, and those sticks aren’t going to play with themselves, you know!
James had been itching to get out canoe camping again but the weather gods had been refusing to play ball. After a couple of weeks of cancelled plans, we decided it was now or never.