2016 is here and already seems to be racing along. For three weeks our home was full with first family, and then friends; staying to enjoy the beach, fishing and generally hanging out on the deck eating great food and drinking wine among other things.
We had the best Christmas I’ve ever known. The wee ones really made the day, especially the three year old who got the hang of opening presents very quickly. Interestingly, his favourite was a tin lunch box with a cartoon character painted on the lid I’d picked up from the store. He took it everywhere for three days then replaced it with a stick from the beach for the next three days.
We celebrated New Year’s Eve with a dinner here with friends from away and neighbours. We also got to enjoy fresh blue cod and scallops gathered on fishing trips. When these friends left another couple arrived from Auckland and again the boat hit the water and we dined on food from the sea.
The summer has been hot and dry and perfect for all the holiday makers. We’ve been nervous about our water supply but so far it’s holding up. And now I’m ready to get back to work. There’s a story that’s been buzzing around in my skull itching to get out so I started the day after our last friends left.
After our break I’m feeling energised and ready for a new year of story telling and reading my writer friends books. Bring it on I say.
And a big Happy New Year to everyone.