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Images of Summer

The weather has been fantastic this summer and I’ve had a chance to relax and unwind.  I’ve also spent some wonderful time with the family while exploring parts of New Zealand.

We spent a day on Waiheke Island.  You can hire a car to get around easily and see the island.  It is a real mixture of beach and vineyard – we enjoyed both!

Images of Summer - Stonyridge Vineyard
Stonyridge Vineyard – this was the view at lunch.
Images of Summer - Casita Miro Vineyard
Casita Miro Vineyard – we sat out in the olive grove and enjoyed a drink – next time I think we’ll stay for the tapas!
Images of Summer - Blackpool Beach
New Zealand’s Blackpool Beach.

The spirit of this song, Soak Up the Sun, by Sheryl Crow summed up our summer break for me.

“It’s not having what you want
It’s wanting what you’ve got…

…I’m gonna soak up the sun
While it’s still free
I’m gonna soak up the sun
Before it goes out on me
Don’t have no master suite
I’m still the king of me
You have a fancy ride, but baby
I’m the one who has the key.”

We spent a couple of days on a boat in the Bay Of Islands.  This was an adventure having not spent any time on a boat before.  We were able to see the Bay of Islands from a completely new perspective.

Images of Summer - Bay of Islands
These three little islands just called out to me.
Images of Summer - Bay of Islands
The view while having breakfast.

Urupukapuka Island – we stopped here for breakfast.  You can camp on the island and easily access it by ferry.

Images of Summer - Sunset

The scenery was amazing, the sun was shining, and it was calm the whole time we were out on the water – what a great way to start the year.


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