Saturday, 24 December 2011

Christmas Day at Otipua - New Zealand

Christmas day in New Zealand is like nowhere else. Beaches, cricket, touch rugby, BBQs at the beach, family, shorts and T-shirts, swimming, lamb, new potatoes, ham, green peas, mint, salads and heaps of vegetables, fruits, desserts, beer and wine. It's the informality I love. But above all, it is being together as a whanau (extended family) And when we have had a few too many, we can watch the Boxing Day cricket test and enjoy Australia being whalloped again. Not only did we beat them in the semi final of the rugby world cup, we beat them in the last cricket test played a few weeks back.

Merry Christmas and a happy new year to all our friends out there.

Love to you all.

Ablai I(eft) Jonts and Billy digging the Jersey Bennie potatoes for Christmas dinner tonight. Photo: Bob McKerrow

Harper going for the big hit in our T-Ball game.
Down at the skate park at Caroline Bayha

We couldn't hire the rugby world cup for Christmas but we managed to get a decent-sized ball.

Mahdi has a new friend, Murphy. He is named after Greg Murphy the V8 supercar driver.

Anita, Aroha and Naila chatting in the garden at the farmlet at Otipua.

Swimming at Caroline Bay, Timaru.

The boys enjoying a few games and a chat.

It's 6.15 pm. The new potatoes are cooking, the lamb is in the oven, Jonts is cooking some ham steaks and the table is laden with food and wine.

All photos: Bob McKerrow


Gollum said...

Caroline Bay, barbies, washing drying on the line, new potatoes, mint sauce.

A trip down memory lane.



Bob McKerrow said...

Yeh Gollum, a trip down memory lane for both of us. Now we are out working off a huge dinner, playing cricket before we have dessert.

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