First for 2009
Halfway through Jan and I have not yet updated the site with our Xmas + New Year goings on!
Happy New Year to you all.
We had a nice “low key” Xmas this year – much needed after a busy year and especially end to the year. My (Cam’s) parents came to our house this year for Christmas Day and we had what is now coming to be a tradition of a BBQ on the day. Reasonably easy and good for left overs for tea. With Joss and I working as many days through these holidays we appreciated the low key nature of the day.
We popped by to visit some of the Prices (part of the Simpson clan) later in the day and skyped into some Simpsons over at Disney Land.
Probably the nicest part of the holidays has been going out for family rides in the forest. Brook’s new 24” wheel bike makes it easy for him to keep up and we get quite a reasonable ride in. Joss has not had the best of luck with a few bike part failures (her bike is in the shop as I write!) but otherwise it has been a blast.
After New Years Day we shot off up to Golden Bay to Joss’s parents for a weeks holiday. The weather was great and we had a great time relaxing and going for walks. I manage to convince a Milnthorpe outing (where the beehive photo above comes from). I say that like no one wants to go there, it is not hard to convince people as it is a great spot, just that there are lots of spots to chose from and I always pick this one as it is a favourite of mine. Next time we’ll need to take Brook’s wee paddling boat.
We did a walk up the hill behind Joss’s parents house. This ended up being a bit of a mission. We silly chose to go up after tea – 7pm at night. True this was based somewhat on Ross saying the track was well cleared and only 10min up. Anyway it was a nice walk and there was a lot of potential for clearing out some areas for brilliant views up the valley. The only problem was the second part of the track had not been cleared and we lost the track. So just before 9pm we had the choice of walking back or bush bashing our way down. We chose bush bash and slid our way down as darkness came on rather quickly.
Another highlight was the trip to the Cobb Dam. This was some amazing country and we all enjoyed the day. The road in is certainly enough to put off a lot of people and I was pleased Ross was driving.
What will 2009 bring? Work for me is going to make last year look easy I think with some great challenges. Brook is looking forward to school again – he wanted one of the new starter teachers and got one. Joss is thinking about her art, work, and potentially some study. And we want to start some DIY around the house too. It is going to be another busy year.