Journeys and adventures

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I thought today I should catch you up with the travel and adventures we have been having over the last week.

Our trip away began on Friday last week. We left home around 11am and after a quick lunch on the road, we thought we were making good time on our journey north. We were headed to Auckland for my final weekend at University for the year. Or ever, depending on what I decide to do next year. If you hit the motorway at the wrong time, you could be stuck in the evening traffic, which we were keen to avoid.

Of course, getting stuck in the middle of a gorge for 45 minutes waiting for an upturned chemical truck to be righted didn’t figure in our travel plans but happened nonetheless. Things that make you glad for knitting #1.

Eventually we made it to our accomodation in Orewa, north of Auckland. We stayed in a camp ground right on the beach, which would have been better if the weather co-operated more! We also had to shut ourselves into the bedroom each night while the kid slept in the living area – no TV for us – things that make you glad for knitting #2! During a nice spell we spent some time on Sunday enjoying the beach: one girl shell hunted while the other raced repeatedly towards the waves.  Thank goodness for two parents!

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On Monday we headed further north – I am the only one of our family who had gone further north than Orewa before. We journeyed up to Whangarei where we stayed with a lovely online friend and her myriad (hehe) children. The kids were delighted to have other children to pal around with, even if Miss 3 was a bit perturbed by her two ‘big scary dogs’. Um, yep, that chiuaua puppy (and it’s maybe 1/3 larger friend) are super scary hon.

On Tuesday we headed further north for a wee road trip to Kawakawa. Famous for it’s public loos (yes, really), DH had long had a hankering to visit this tiny town which still has a working railway line through the centre of town.  Being the school holidays we even got to take a ride.

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We spent Wednesday journeying back south, to enjoy a visit to my sister’s house. While there I got to admire her developing yarn stash and a couple of her gorgeous WIPs. She was keen to overdye a top she knitted, and I managed to make a total hash of it – luckily she was able to rescue it with black dye – wearable even if it wasn’t the brown she was hoping for! Miss 3 had another dog to worry about – a total softy 13 year old black lab, who is now deaf. She spent most of her time on a high stool or the sofa out of his reach. Miss 1 enjoyed some doggy love though – I guess they will swap places in time though!

Thursday saw us travelling back home again, and it’s lovely to be back. We have had fairly incessant rain since our return though. I expect all our seeds and seedlings in the vegetable garden are feeling very happy.


5 Responses to “Journeys and adventures”

  1. 1 Virginia October 2, 2009 at 10:56 pm

    Sounds like a lovely trip!

    We’ve only managed to make it to the beaches once this year (even though we live less than six miles from one of the nicer ones in NYC.

    My little one had a fear of small dogs up until last year. She’s still a little scared of them, but is loosening up, finally.

    Big dogs she’s always been ok with.

  2. 2 shortly24 October 3, 2009 at 6:27 am

    The dog thing is odd – but it’s not just dogs either! She point blank refused to even touch my friend’s brand new lamb or kids. She is fine with rabbits, cats, guinea pigs etc. And used to like the other animals too. Strange wee thing.

    I guess that the beach thing comes with time, they are capable of asking once they are that bit bigger, after all!

  3. 3 Hannah October 3, 2009 at 7:59 am

    Sounds like a lovely trip Sheryl 🙂
    Love Allies dress with the great pockets for storing stuff!

  4. 4 Lisa Liddell October 3, 2009 at 9:43 am

    I wish I was still in Whangas so we could have caught up. Sounds like a grand trip. I been wondering… how is you little boy? not so little anymore.

  5. 5 Jo October 4, 2009 at 1:45 pm

    Sounds like a lovely trip. Bummer I didn’t know you were so close, I would love to meet you and your family at some stage.

    Miss C loves big dogs but hates little dogs. Odd

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