Hello to you all and I hope you had a wonderful Christmas,
I had a very memorable flight from Manchester to Auckland with 4 changes of planes!
There was still much preparation to be done for my Nephews wedding, so the first week was so busy. We also went to the Christmas tree farm to choose our own tree, which was fun.
The wedding was perfect with the cereomony being held at home, on the front lawn, afterwards, we moved to the local beach cafe for the reception, the owners did an amazing task in transforming the place. Our luck held out as it was sunny and 24 degrees, Cyclone Evan stayed away ( we got the tail end of it from the following day, with high winds and rain)
Christmas day was lovely with far to much food and Santa managed to find me and leave some fab gifts of ear-rings and necklace and even a chocolate orange (which had to be eaten before I moved on!)
I moved to my Son and family on the 27th December------- they live in a small town called Humpty Doo, it is about an hour out of Darwin. Of course it is the wet season here and the daily temps are around 34 degrees, plus high humidity-----------(will I feel cold when I hit Manchester again lol) we have thunderstorms and heavy rain most afternoon and evenings------- we went to an open air market yesterday, but many stalls have taken time off for holidays, still, it was unusual to see chickens (large and small), ducks canaries and other birds for sale in cages, rabbits as well. it does seem cruel to me, but that is different cultures for you.
It is 6 years since I last saw the boys and what a difference of course, much more grown up at 9 and 12 years old.
Not sure what today holds, but we are having a meal out at the local golf club tonight.
I wish you all a peaceful, healthy, and prosperous New Year.
I enclose a few pictures for you