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Learning to snorkel. Fishes. Funny faces. Sailboats and storm clouds. Sunset. The Jean-Marie Tjibaou Cultural Centre. Rain and mists in the far south. The beautiful waterfall was a highlight of what was a very interesting but very long day. We hired a car (nissan micra) and decided to drive over to the northern coast then back round through the south. just over 200km. 6h. I mistakenly didn’t pack a picnic. Smallest was amazing. As was hubby. The roads. Were not.

To be fully truthful I should add that the fishes were photographed at the aquarium – which I throughly recommend – awesome.

August 29, 2015 Big Adventures

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We flew out to Noumea on the island of New Caledonia a couple of weeks ago. A weeks sunshine and relaxing in mind. Hubby took the majority of the pictures which was lovely. We walked and played on the beach, snorkelled and ate fantastic french patisseries. Seriously we all but lived in baguettes, croissants and pain au chocolat. The pictures are in no particular order, more collections of areas. The main town, right outside our hotel and the marina. Walking through the Ouen Toro Park dry forest to the lookout at the top – with the huge cannons and views. Beaches and sunsets and rock pools. The petit Tchoo Tchoo train. A wonderful way to see round the town and the highlights. Also a must do if your 4. Views and relaxing. sunsets and silly shadow pictures.

August 28, 2015 Big Adventures

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Ok, I split this into two posts as I realised the number of photos was just to overwhelming for one post (possibly to overwhelming for two – but hey ho)

Our road trip down, sitting eating strawberries together on a well earned break. 6h of driving is hard on a little person. But she coped. Bird park, dancing while waiting for daddy to take arty water shots. Walking on the promenade. Biking at Arrowtown. Gosh its beautiful there. But busy, oh so busy. Definitely not a place we want to live. Scenery, place, size all perfect. Volume of tourists, to high. And I grew up in a tourist area! Splashing in the river. Glorious evening supper outside. Jumping and climbing.

Ok, yeah. It was to many pictures.

So the last few days of the holiday were spent back at Vuda Marina on the boat, relaxing, swimming, music evenings. Bliss. It went so fast, literally flew by, with the perfect combination of relaxing and doing. No wasted days but also delightful quiet moments. Time to simply enjoy. And read books. I read 4. Yup 4 in 9 days!

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After a swim on the final morning we flew home, a long day but good flights and little moo was awesome.

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It was a great holiday. I never did ‘family holidays’ as a kid, never really did extended family. It was so beautiful watching madam with her grandparents. How she interacts, her love and enjoyment in having more people in her life. Making new memories, tucking away special moments, little keepsakes, reminders in our home. So now we savour family time, unconditional love and awesome fun. Heres to lots more adventures.

The next is coming up, 3 times around the sun, celebrated with Nana Sue!

So after a few days at Vuda Point we sailed out to Musket Cove. It was the most beautiful place and we had a wonderful few days.

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She slept on the sail out, passed out in the cockpit with us, oblivious to salty splashes and gusty breezes. We arrived in late afternoon, and after a little wiggle getting moored up we went for a explore. Bliss. Dream sunsets and warm sand and fish filled water.

We had beach bar BBQ’s and found friends for Moo, she had such fun and happily played with a couple of kiwi kids who were holidaying on their grandparents boat. Such lovely kids, the sort you meet and hope that yours turns out as nice. Incidentally they shared the flight back with us as well and were so patient and kind – although did return madam at one point with a very polite ‘Please can you have her now, she’s kind of annoying’. Ha.

We swam in the sea with stripy fishes, found hermit crabs, swam in the salt water pool – madam was not a fan of the ‘yucky tasting water’ – the fact your not meant to drink pool water seemed to have passed her by.

It was family. Warm and inviting. 

We are home, back, settled. the unpacking is done and life is back into its usual routines and rhythms. I will break this up otherwise it will be photo overload. actually it will probably be photo overload anyway, but hey, I tried!

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Our time away was spent in Fiji. With amazing family. Who were patient and dignified and fun (even in the face of a cross overwrought small person and some pretty impressive hollering). It was fantastic, we relaxed, enjoyed, explored and even got a little tanned. We stayed with them on the yacht after a very unexpected but very very appreciated treat of a couple of night in the local report. Tropical cabins, air con, ‘BULA’ in flowers on the bed – just like the travel brochures! 

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And thats just the first 3 days! Lots of swimming, fire dancers, beach walks, more swimming, exploring the marina (Moo was completely in love with the dolphin on the bow of the big boat) A bar for mum and dad and Catherine and GP Mike with a swing and ‘pirate boat’ for her. Not to mention the friends she made.

It was so wonderful to share it with people who understand us, to see Moo loving her family, jumping right in where we left off earlier in the year. It makes my heart happy to see her relationships growing, the way she interacts and shares with others. Her adorable ‘I love you’ as she descends the cabin ladder, knowing full well any other talking would be swiftly shushed – but an ‘I love you’ – well that’s sacred.

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