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Tuesday, December 27, 2011

SUMMER IN NEW ZEALAND

I've been reading about the mild winter temps in Florida. 


Weather for Tampa, FL, USA

18°C | °FTueWedThuFri
Chance of StormsMostly SunnyMostly SunnyClear
Overcast
Wind: SE at 23 km/h
Humidity: 94%24°11°18°19°22°11°
D

-AccuWeather


Now look at ours.



Weather for Whitianga

18°C | °FTueWedThuFri
Mostly SunnyPartly SunnyChance of RainChance of Rain
Scattered Clouds
Wind: E at 19 km/h
Humidity: 77%20°17°20°17°20°17°21°19°




I think that's hilarious. We are expecting some horrible stuff with heavy rain warnings. That will put a dampner on New Year festivities. Typical Pacific cyclone, (hurricane), side blow for this time of year.

For goodness sake, it's supposed to be summer.

It doesn't keep the kids, big and small, out of the water. One of our sons and his cousin were out riding the surf in 'sit-on-top canoes' today. The easterly breeze had a cold southerly bite. I was surprised they stayed out so long considering they were not wearing wet suits.

We are being kept busy with preparing our house for holiday bookings. We're going to Rotorua to spend New Year with our son who lives there. 

Christmas Day we spent with Mum. Our daughter prepared the meal and did a lovely job of it. I took a pavlova ..... meringue type cake covered in whipped cream and fresh strawberries. My brother, his wife and daughter and our Rotorua son joined us for lunch, The night before, on Christmas Eve we all met up briefly at Mum's with my niece and her family. who live in Bali, before going three doors along to visit the Christmas House. It's been quite a relaxed time of food, gifts and family.




CHRISTMAS MORNING VISITOR.
THIS SHAG WALKED RIGHT UP TO JOHN
AS HE TOOK THE PHOTOGRAPH.
IT SEEMED TO BE FAMILIAR WITH PEOPLE
....MAYBE ONCE IT WAS A PET.

MUM'S CHRISTMAS TREE BEFORE WITH ALL THE GIFTS

FAMILY FROM BALI

MUM, GREAT GRANDMOTHER
WITH 3 OUT OF 9
GREAT GRANDCHILDREN

SANTA'S GROTTO

CHRISTMAS HOUSE, WHITIANGA

TRANSPORTING PAVLOVA IS A
SERIOUS RESPONSIBILITY
30 MINUTES ON A TIGHTLY WINDING ROAD

WHERE'S THE FOOD


I DID IT ALL ON MY OWN

TRIFLE, PAVLOVA, FRUIT SALAD,
BOWL OF MIXED SUMMER FRUITS,
WHAT A FEAST


GETTING COMFY BEFORE SIESTA TIME

A PERFECT DAY 

5 comments:

Merikay said...

We had a Pavlova for Christmas Eve, made by my New Zealander Son-in-law. His parents, who are from Aukland, are also visiting (our daughter and her husband) this Christmas.

Kate said...

love the photos Margieanne it feels like we were there with you!! hope you are all staying safe and well xox

Rettakat said...

I loved seeing your Christmas photos! I'm so glad you were able to get together with family. I admit to drooling over that lovely pavlova cake with the luscious strawberries!
I adore the red cowboy hat!

May the Lord continue to restore your soul, Anne, and fill you with hope, joy, and energy, in SPITE of any circumstance.
Hugs,
Loretta

Chris H said...

I'm so glad you got the pav over the hill in one piece. Looks like you had a lovely Christmas Anne, so happy for you.

Joy said...

Looks like you had a fabulous day. Love the pictures!!

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