Happy New Year!

Here’s the last blog on New Year’s Day in Hobbit land.  The weather’s amazing and non of us want to leave after such an amazing trip. Daisy looks so well it’s all ridiculous to think about what she’s been through.  She’s scootered around Taupo, eaten pancakes in every town and played non stop. She has made some great new friends that she’ll keep in touch with and there are plenty of other trips to plan including a few Kiwi trips to soaking wet Shropshire I think. Harry’s been put to work on Wok’s farm with cattle herding and some sheep farming. We missed out on some ‘possum control’ but there’ll be other opportunities to come back and have another go.  I’ve had the most amazing time horse riding with Alastair and Emma with a very unglamorous wobble off into the river.  So, that’s it, we fly home later this evening and Daisy and pals are off for some last minute swimming. Very much looking forward now to going back to a new year, new start and building our new home.

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17th Dec

Having an amazing time being on ‘stop’ although we’re missing the sunshine at the moment.  We took Daisy dolphin spotting for the day yesterday and went around the Bay of Islands from our base in Paihia which was just brilliant.  Poor Harry nearly lost his shorts boom netting which Daisy and crew thought was hilarious. So much so they’ve put a very unflattering pic of it on twitter.  We’re living on fish, ice cream, beer and great wine. 2 more sleeps then we start to head down to Lake Taupo via Auckland for a couple of nights then we’ll end up in Masterton with more pals for Christmas. Happy Days!

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New Zealand

90 sleeps later we’ve arrived – in New Zealand!   I am suffering the loss of my mobile phone as I promised us we wouldn’t be in front of screens while we’re almost certainly in one of the most beautiful places in the world.   I am allowed a small amount of pc time so here I am. We arrived safely yesteray after a great flight and Daisy just loved it.  There was so much to do the plane; the new massive Emirates airbus is very impressive.  We were picked up by Harry’s long lost Cirencester pal, Wok, and we are now residing with his wonderful family on their farm in what can only be described as heaven x 2.  It’s as if we’ve gone back in time; everywhere is green, the sun’s shining, there’s the constant sound of billions of sheep, the bbq rules and we’ve been sleeping and sunbathing all day! Only another 24 sleeps of it.  We are in the hills overlooking Wahi and we’re off to explore tomorrow starting with the beach.  Daisy’s fitting in brilliantly with Wok and Pip’s kids and has had a brilliant time so far.  She swam for the first time today as well so we’re all chuffed at the timing as dolphins are on the list of things to do.   We’ll be back on the pc in a few days and will hopefully put some pics on as well.