Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Labour Day, Show Day and Thanksgiving Day

New Zealand Labour Day was in October, we headed to the West Coast, as per our tradition. We went to a brewery tour at Monteith's brewery, avoided camping in the rain by staying at a hotel, checked out the Pancake Rocks, tried to hike but the water level on a river was too high, camped in the rain because it is unavoidable and returned home.

Oh we climbed up to Mt. Oxford, it was pretty windy at the top. well really windy, scary.

We planted a garden, tomatoes, zucchini, eggplant, Brussel sprouts, kale, lettuce, strawberries and herbs.

Canterbury Show Day was 15 November, sort of a county fair celebration that allows us a public holiday. so we ventured south and hiked the Routeburn Track. It was a 'great walk', well graded trails and easy walking for 30 km. It's just too bad the weather couldn't cooperate. But i can see how it would be a great walk if it were to be slightly sunny.

Thanksgiving Day (we celebrated on Saturday) we hosted 22 friends from near and far (Alicia and Josiah from Washington DC) and had a grand feast. The celebration was really fun and everyone seemed to enjoy themselves, even a few people trying out pumpkin pie for the first time! we had a 16 lb turkey and everyone brought a dish to share!


August - September Holiday

Yes we did return from our holiday in August and September. How was it? Fantastic.
A Birthday, A Wedding, An Engagement Party and lots of Family!  Thanks to Mom and Dad for hosting and providing the engagement party and to Erica for being the chef and chief of the party.
Then we went to PORTUGAL!!! Portugal was amazing, special thanks to Telma and Pedro, who didn't let us get lost or order bad food! obrigada e beijos :)

Portugal Photos