CROSS CREEK, RIMUTAKA CYCLE TRAIL

We hiked up the Rimutaka Incline Trail to explore Cross Creek Station for the first time today. I’ve been wanting to come here ever since visiting the FEATHERSTON LOCOMOTIVE MUSEUM where we watched ‘The Incline’, a historical documentary on the gruelling operation of the Rimutaka Hill Train. Cross Creek existed solely for the operational requirements of the Incline and a small settlement was established near by for the staff. The...

MILO THE LAMB

Meet Milo, the newest member of our family. Seven days new and in need of a little extra care. Loving her speckled black features on her face and feet, and her super wooly coat. She is so cute and loves people; taking a special liking to the boys. A friendship that is clearly mutual. Just another amazing farming experience of rural New Zealand. Grateful....

FOOTBALL FIRSTS

Today was his first soccer practice. We arrived early and he wore with pride his Hawkesbury Valley Rugby Club jersey, a gift from our friends in Sydney. I had to remind him it wasn’t like the Hurricanes game he’s watched live a week earlier, that he couldn’t just pick up the ball and run it in his hands. This was a feet only game! “Alright alright alright” he says. More players arrived, including...

OUR MUD KITCHEN

Today we finished off the Mud Kitchen with a few utensils and thrift store finds. Then it was time to get stuck in making mud pies. Grateful for Poppa who put this together for the kids. A total spend of five bucks thanks to a stack of wooden pallets on the side of the road accompanied by a ‘Free Firewood’ sign, workmates throwing out the kitchen sink, and some marine ply...

AUTUMN AT LAKE FERRY

Today we drove forty minutes out to Lake Ferry, a small settlement between the shores of Lake Onoke and Palliser Bay, Wairarapa. There we stood on the gravelly shore and looked out across the Cook Strait. There was heat in the Autumn sun but the air was so crisp and clean. There is little sand here, instead dark stones, and also the most beautiful light coloured driftwood. In abundance. It is...

TOOTHLESS

It was only this morning I took a photo of our eldest, documenting his ever changing smile and the transition from goofy gaps to his current oversized fangs. And yesterday I checked our daughters teeth for any wiggly ones – signs that she might soon be requiring a visit from the Tooth Fairy. There was slight movement in her lower right tooth. Nothing considerable, so minor in fact that I wondered if it was hope deluding me...

FANTAIL GROVE, GREYTOWN

Today we visited Greytown’s FANTAIL GROVE for PYO grapes. The kids quickly got to work filling their bags, picking, tasting, and playing chase between the vines. It only took a few minutes and we were done. Thankfully there was mention of piglets. Not ones to miss an opportunity to see farm animals, the kids set off through the olive trees in search of curly tails and snuffly snouts. And sure enough,...