Christmas Day came and went and again it was a lovely low keyed affair with just me, TOF and the lads. Oh and the pets, lets not forget them.
In a few days time the decorations will come down and be packed away for another year, but the summer holiday will continue.
We did the gift giving thing then devoured a mighty fine late breakfast of scrambled eggs, bacon, sausages, hash browns and potato breads which were a no go, nothing like they were supposed to be. But at least I gave it a crack!!
Oscar scored a new toy!
Sheba got a new ball and was so funny to watch as she ripped the paper off to get to it. Needless to say she is stoked!!
As for old Tex, well he got some Cat Nip treats and tripped balls all afternoon. No not really but he loooooooooved them!!
The heir decided to head home, so the rest of us, including two surfboards and the dogs piled into TOFs truck and headed out to Raglan.
Sheba basically just runs and dives into the water, running in and out having an absolute blast.
Oscar on the other hand gets to the edge and when a wave comes runs back to the dry sand.
He did get get in and got bowled by a small wave so was covered in black sand and sea weed!
We went to Manu Bay and while the spare had a play in the small surf on h is surfboard, me and TOF buggered about down at the boat ramp.
I paddled in the warm water wishing I could dunk right in.
TOF tried to find a stick to throw for Sheba but couldn't find one at all, so ended up throwing stones all skimmer styles into the ocean for her to chase. Such a good work out for a pooch, and both dogs slept all the way home.
By the time we had walked back to the truck the spare was walking back over the rocks from his surf.
This gorgeous set of triplets was having a grand time with water in the pink bucket. All I could think was how much work 3 wee boys would be for the mum. So adorable and so happy.
It was just me and TOF for dinner which we decided to have late as we weren't that hungry. While the lamb cooked and the spuds roasted I threw together a salad. When I gathered the lettuce from the garden I got sided tracked.
The garden at night is lovely.
I think the full moon helped with the lighting, it hovered in the sky like a big ball of cheese!
Look what the spares lovely girlfriend gave me for Christmas! I am still deciding where I want to hang it, isn't it just lovely.
We ate this, not all of it, at about 10pm, not the ideal time but bugger me it was nice.
Boxing day is like recovery day really, after a day of
pigging out feasting on festive food. Also we kicked back and watched the Cricket on TV. Nice and relaxing. Normal eating will resume when the scraps have all been devoured.
This morning we were up at 5am, yes you read correctly, 5am as TOF was going fishing out at Raglan with a friend of ours. I wolfed down a bit of toast, sculled a cup of tea, threw on some clothes and went to. Not fishing but to our friends place. We were on the road by 6am.
The drive out was beautiful so early in the morning as there was a mist hanging about and the sun was trying to arrive.
From their deck we watched the mist slowly but surely lift and Raglan woke up. The lads left to go hunting and gathering while us girls had a cuppa on the deck. We could see the Gypsy Fair that was in town.
Remnants of a hard nights work covered in dew.
By 9am the day was perfect so we wandered down the hill to the Gypsy Fair. It was good to see plenty of gorgeous House Trucks rather than buses/mobile homes. I remember a time when these fairs were all about locally hand crafted goods. Now it is mostly imported stuff.
We both bought Argan Oil and I got some Nga Champa to hang in my car to make it smell divine. The clothes were lovely but either far too small for me or over priced. I fell in love with this elderly Staffy that was having a nod in a changing room, and why wouldn't you!
From the Gypsy Fair Diane and I took a short cut on a bush track which turned out to be all up hill to another friends house.
The view from Sharons Deck are stunning and it was so nice sitting in the cool of this space, chatting and letting the world slowly carry on around us. I could move to Raglan tomorrow and be so happy.
Everywhere you look in Raglan there is a flowering Pohutukawa tree. The ones down by the water were so vibrant and red. What a glorious day to be out at the coast. The lads arrived home with a nice amount of fish which we have dined on tonight. You cannot beat fresh fish!!
Before I go I want to show you just a smidgen of the decorations my friend Ann does in her gorgeous old home. She has a talent for decorating both Christmas and Interior, and don't get me started on her garden.
I do hope you are all enjoying
your Christmas Holidays.