Monday, May 02, 2005


The Rest Of The Journey

After we left Lake View Camp at Rotorua we headed back up to Auckland (at least I think it is up even though I get the urge to say we headed 'down' to Auckland) and off to hubby's Uncle and Aunt's place. This couple is a really nice couple. It is easy to be relaxed and yourself while you are around them. The kids had no worries about them and even Mercedes was happy to be around them and held by them.

We only stayed over night but we did get a chance to catch up with a few of their kids and grandkids. They were all equally lovely people.

On the day we left, I managed to sneak in an art class with hubby's Aunt. She is a great artist and was willing to impart some of her knowledge to me. The first time I met her she taught me a few drawing techniques, this time she taught me a few painting techniques. The only problem was that we didn't have enough time to finish it, and as I found out tonight, it was pretty hard to finish the picture without the flowers in front of me. I just could not get the lighting right, nor the shape right. But I still did learn some good techniques which I will look at practising when I can.

After this we were headed to my in-laws farm, where we started off.

The next day was spent helping out around the farm (kids got to herd the cattle - yearlings, hubby got to chop firewood and do a little weeding, I took heaps of pics and pruned the roses a little). We then took a trek across the farm to a wooded part, and walked along a track, exploring the native (and not so native) flora, picked walnuts and almonds, then headed in for lunch.

After lunch it was still all go, and we headed off to Miranda Hot Springs for a swim (it still looks the same as the pictures on the site). Then it was back to the farm, make sure most things were packed and off to hubby's sister's house.

We had dinner with her, her husband and baby and had a great time.

The next day was our last though you can't really count it as a day especially since we were watching the sun rise from the plane window. (We were up at 2am Aussie time, 4am NZ time)

Now it is back to life as we know it, well, as soon as we unpack the house, catch up on laundry and actually find the school supplies.

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