Amid the chaos and pace of gearing up for Spring with plenty of gardening activities, doing repairs, maintenance and renovations on our house and beginning our homeschool journey with Phoebe, we have managed to grab two small breaks away this month so far.
Our first trip was to Levin and involved a lovely stay at Annandale Manor (a cracker of a charming B+B, where Phoebe asked if we could bring Luke "next time we come") on the way there and a night catching up with Unca Ray and Auntie Raema on the way home in Napier. Very cool - we even managed to collect our (reasonably large - as in the car was completely full!!) order of bare-rooted fruit trees from the Edible Garden Nursery in Palmerston North on the way back home.
Our second journey was this week and we got up through the Waioeka Gorge to Whakatane, via Opotiki - compulsory stop at Rostcards Cafe, of course! I love the powder room - oh, and the coffee's really good - oh, yeah - and service with spark!
We stayed at the Thornton Beach Holiday Park in a cabin and enjoyed walking the windswept beach and just relaxing a little.
Pretty grainy shot - Phoebe LOVES jumping/trampolines/circus-influenced play, etc - so this massive jumping pillow was right up her alley!
After meeting a wonderful couple on a biodynamic and organic farmlet in Whakatane we fitted in a dip at the Awakeri Hot Springs before driving back home.
This cute guy is a beautiful native owl, our Morepork, perched high up in a Mamaku in the fernery area of the farmlet we visited - we were very surprised to see such a rare daytime sight! Again, not the greatest pic - am learning how to drive the camera....