Trip Start Aug 20, 2009
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THE MO HAS GONE! YIPPEEEEEEE !
Well the weeks are galloping past towards Christmas so quickly and as yet we don't feel particularly Christmasy!
We thought a visit to the Auckland Santa Parade might sort that out and what an experience that turned out to be! We had no idea just how many people would flock into the city centre, traffic jams, roads closed and extremely large crowds of people. Larissa and the girls arrived in the city at lunchtime and set up camp. We unfortunately arrived about an hour and a half later, by which time Larissa had been harassed by some English 'grownups' who were not happy about a spot being saved for two children
The children did have a good time, as they were completely unaware of the barrage of comments flying around. Not quite the attitude we expected after the super friendly Kiwis we have met since arriving. The children enjoyed the magic of the different floats as well as the clowns on uni-cycles and the cheerleaders and bands. The parade lasted for nearly an hour and finished with a visit from Santa. Afterwards, the hoards of crowds all headed back to their cars to try and get out of the city so we decided to wander down to see the giant Santa on Queen's Street. Thank goodness that was over.................
Monday morning saw the children going to school for the first time
Every day has been smiles and a general enthusiasm for going to school which makes us feel a lot better
Last weekend we spent time in the house putting up yet more pictures and the Christmas lights along the verandah. We won't be switching them on for a while, but at least we know they work and are ready. On Saturday afternoon, as the weather was so sunny, we headed off on a mini adventure to find some more beaches. We found Cornwallis Beach, which was a lovely surprise, just around from Mill Bay. However, instead of it being a shell beach, it was a mixture of black and yellow sand. When we first arrived it seemed incredibly busy, however, as we walked down the beach away from the public BBQs, it quickly became very quiet. The sea seemed so calm and the children had a great time playing in it, as it was high tide. We walked a good 20 minutes down to a jetty and then stopped off at a picnic table on the way back so the children could play in the sand. It was very relaxing and the children had a ball
Sunday morning was spent getting to know our new neighbours. It started with coffee and cake, however, by midday we had moved on to the wine and beer! It was great to finally meet them, we had no end of things to talk about and the children were happy drawing and gluing and stamping. We did explain what fantastic neighbours we had in the UK and how much they have to live up to! Feeling slightly lightheaded we climbed up the steep drive back to our house to then spend the afternoon with Ang, Paul and Paris. Friends, that we had met through Larissa. Paul and Jeff spent time comparing their motorbikes and planning biking trips to the Coromandel while Ang and I drank wine and ate cake!
This weekend we will venture out to another one of Auckland's Christmas events, Coca Cola Christmas in the park...............so watch this space. We are hoping to get hold of a Christmas tree this weekend so we can start to decorate and hopefully will feel a little more Chrismasy!