June: My last grandparent passed away, a few days before his 84th birthday. I was fortunate enough to be able to travel back for the funeral and spend some extra time with my family. I was able to see all siblings, their partners and my nieces and nephews. Incredibly lucky to see everyone, considering the unfortunate event.
I got a new job and got rid of my old. Very excited about this! The three aforementioned events happened within 5 days of each other.
Early June we travelled to the North Island to visit sulfur filled Rotorua and a bit of the (extremely rainy) Coromandal Peninsula.
I also published my first work, a travel guide for Christchurch, which is available on Amazon.
|White Island - Bay of Plenty - North Island|
|Hobbiton - Matamata - North Island|
|Colton, Haley, Emma & Dallas|
|Ellen & Michael|
July: We attended the US Ambassador to New Zealand's 4th of July party in Christchurch, then traveled with friends to Lake Ohau to continue to celebrate a little skiing (wasn't much snow). I also started my new job and we did some house sitting at a farm 45 minutes southeast of Christchurch. The ducks disappeared for most of the time their owners were away, then magically returned a few hours before the owners returned. mysterious.
|Forrest in the South Pacific|
|Traditional Fale (no electricity)|
|N'amua Island (home of traditional fale's)|
|Posh fale at Coconuts Beach Club|
|Carroll Hut - little white dot in photo|
|Dan and Lu|