Another Weekend at the Bach

Trip Start Aug 20, 2009
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Flag of New Zealand  , Auckland,
Wednesday, February 3, 2010

The last week of the holidays have been a lot of fun - very busy but definitely fun!  Play time at Natalie and Sam's house on Tuesday, a visit to the cinema to see Alvin and the Chipmunks, Ed's birthday BBQ in the park, swimming at the beach, a morning at the Botanical Gardens and then playtime with Amelia and Lydia.  The week was finished off with an afternoon play and swim at Josh's house and a chance for me to sit down with Charlotte for a natter and a Pims!  Just what the doctor ordered for a Friday afternoon!!

We drove down to the bach on Friday evening once the roads had calmed down - Auckland roads can be manic at the best of times, never mind on the last long weekend before the children go back to school!

We stopped off in Green Bay on route for fresh fish and chips and sat at the picnic table down near the little beach to eat them.  A lovely view and fantastic take away food - a good start to the weekend.

We finally arrived down in Port Waikato around 9pm - Jules was starting to think we had been abducted by aliens, so I think they were rather glad when we arrived safely!  It was then a case of unpacking and sorting out the children and getting them off to bed ready for a big weekend.  Then a sit down and a G&T and beer for the boys!

Events of the weekend:

Saturday - playing in the big waves down at Sunset Beach.  All of the children seemed to enjoy the waves and playing with the body boards and the masks and snorkels.  The grownups enjoyed it too :-)

Sunday - the rather damp morning started with the fishing competition.  Wearing waterproofs we headed to the dunes with our fishing rods and buckets, hopeful of some big catches!  The first hour was very slow with no bites, which proved challenging for us, trying to keep the kids interested.  Eventually Lucy caught the first and as it turned out, the biggest fish of the day.  Then as if by magic the fish began to bite and the children began to catch, first Dan, then Meg and Grayson.  It was amazing how suddenly they were so excited and really keen to have a go, the atmosphere of the whole event changed in a minute!  I found the whole event a little challenging from my vege status, but hey I'm not going to hold Lucy and Daniel back because of my views.  We just made it clear to them that we needed to throw the little fish back to give them a chance to grow and as far as possible that is what we did.  I enjoyed casting out the line (not sure if that is the right term!)  I found it extremely therapeutic but really didn't know what to do when I actually caught a fish.  Good job Jeff and Daniel were on hand to throw it back in!  At midday, it was back to the tent for the weigh in before heading back to the house to 'dress' the fish.  This was another part of the morning I found a little challenging.  The children had to 'dress' their fish before presenting them at the tent at 1pm.  Daniel had a little help from us to create a 'Fishnet stocking' while Lucy created an 'Angel fish' all by herself.  Meg created the 'Escape Artist' and Grayson had the 'Swordfish.'  Much to our delight, and in particular Lucy's she won 3rd price for her efforts.  Dan found the whole thing a little harder to bear when Lucy also won the heaviest sprat in her age group and came bounding back with a bag full of goodies.  Learning to loose is a hard but valuable lesson for a 5 year old to learn, but he bounced back when he got his participation prize which was a kite.  Lucy was over the moon with her morning's work, she was beaming from ear to ear.  In true Lucy style though, she didn't brag.

After all the excitement early afternoon was spent relaxing at the bach, before we headed back down to the beach to play with the kites and explore the rock pools.  The children loved running around in the fresh sea air, finding crabs and lots and lots of starfish.  We even started collecting drift wood for our planned drift wood Christmas tree (another one of my craft ideas for the year!)  A brilliant end to another lovely day.

Monday - playing in the big waves down at Sunset Beach again.  Once again we all had a ball although if I am honest I think the grown ups had more fun this time using the body boards in particular Jeff and Jules!   Jeff had one big smirk on his face the whole time he was in the water! It was a real pull having to leave the beach behind to go back to the bach for lunch, then a thorough clean up before heading off back to Auckland.

We had a thoroughly enjoyable weekend with Dean, Jules, Grayson and Meg - thank you :-) and once again a big thank you to Larissa and Brent for letting us use the bach :-)

We called off on the way home to buy two body boards in the sales - 40% off!  We now can't wait for the weekend to give them a go :-)
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