Monday, December 22, 2008
Saturday, December 20, 2008
The view from our seats. Bill is in the mass on right hand side.
Thursday, December 18, 2008
Saturday, November 01, 2008
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Sunday, September 07, 2008
Sunday, August 17, 2008
We are back in Los Angeles, somewhat reluctantly - we had a great time in NZ and feel so blessed to have been able to go and spend quality time with so many of my old friends and family members. Thanks to all of you who prayed for us - it was an awesome trip!
For those of you who know how much I fear flying... the 12 hours each way were some of the best I've spent on a plane. I took a sleeping pill each time and was so drowsy and out of it I actually feel like I had fun up there!!
Last day/night were spent in Auckland with our cousins (on Dad's side) - here's Jon with Kenneth (Braydon & Georgia in background) :
Very nice walk around the coast below Robyn's home:
Farewell at the airport with Aunty Anne & Uncle Graham (Dad's brother) and George & Margaret (NZers who visited us in Colombia a few years ago):
Haere ra = goodbye (in Maori)
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
We stayed with Tani & Anthea and their boys Dylan & Dior (not pictured) - went out for coffee and cake this morning.
Tui (bird) singing in a cherry blossom tree.
I was fascinated by the Ponga trees.
The famous NZ silver fern (green one side, white the other).
Sunday, August 10, 2008
Then Jon, Bill and I spent the afternoon playing games with her at the place where she lives. First it was about an hour's worth of a game called "Housie" - it's like Bingo. I won a dollar-fifty and then proceeded to lose it all playing the rest of the rounds! After that the four of us played Rummikub.We had the family gathering for Nan's 90th birthday on Saturday. Here she is cutting her cake with Uncle Neil at her side:
Nan with five of her seven children (two other brothers were out of the country):
They have a spa on their back veranda which we jumped in every night we were there. A couple of nights we were able to see the stars and located the Southern Cross.
My uncle is involved with a nature reserve where they have erradicated imported pests (like mice and rabbits and cats) and are reintroducing endangered native species in an effort to save them in their natural habitat. It was really cool to see it up close. We were really priviledged to see these birds below called Takahe. We also saw Kaka birds, which are like brown parrots - but I didn't get a picture. These birds roam wild but are tame enough that when their "keeper" calls them they show up for a snack.
We also visited my cousin, Pam, and her husband on their dairy farm. They raise Jersey cows. Here she is below with the calves that have been born in the past month. (Only the heifers are kept.)
Here's her husband and a helper getting ready to milk the cows.A cow with her new-born calf (only a few hours old here).
Dad - enjoying one of the many pets we've been meeting :)
We spent last night with Dad's cousin, Kevin, and wife, Trena, and enjoyed visiting their church in Matamata this morning.