I have some sad news to share with you first of all. My Grandma (Dad's Mum) passed away on Monday night. We'll be heading down to the bottom of New Zealand for the funeral (held on Friday) today then spending time with relatives for the weekend.
We'd appreciate your prayers for both our family and the extended family at this time! Thank you so much.
*the rest of this post was written a few days ago*
Today I'll be sharing with you the photos from our family holiday to Hokitika and Picton. These are my favourite ones from my cellphone. The photos from our family camera are yet to be uploaded to the computer cos life has been hectic (as I am sure you can imagine) but when they turn up we'll see if I will share some of those too in the near future.
Here's Dad, trying to pack all of our stuff into the van before we left. We have rather a lot of *necessary* stuff. But it all must go in somehow!
These two aren't helping much!! :P
We're off, driving over Porter's Pass and Arthur's Pass to get to Hokitika.
A rest stop in the Arthur's Pass township.
We're there! Having lots of fun at Lake Kaniere. We stayed in a little house not far from the lake. (Lake Kaniere is about fifteen km from Hokitika township). Caleb's in the canoe, the motor boat is manned by some other random person.
Daddy the frog-man...
Fun fact: Dad loved snorkelling and yachting in his younger days. He was also a fully qualified amateur radio person which means he had to learn morse code, which he still knows.
We went for a walk to Dorothy Falls
Here's my family by Dorothy Falls! I'm taking the photo, hence why I'm not in it :P
Up the Water Race track
What's a good way to get a photo of everyone, including the photographer? Selfie of course!
There was some lovely native bush around the house where we stayed. (And lots of sandflies, surprisingly.)
Here's Ben and Johnny in one of their rare 'They agreed to pose for the camera!' moments
Sophie by the lake
Danella by the lake
Launching our little Optimist yacht a friend gave us
Look at this cutie! Jana is such a water rat. She LOVES the water!
*sings* I am saiiiiling....
Daddy in the dinghy (hey that was some cool alliteration)
We watched the sun set from Hokitika beach one evening. Now, Hokitika has an annual sand and driftwood sculpture competition every year. The hand in the picture was from the competition. Someone made it out of driftwood. Can you say, 'talent'? :) It looked cool in front of the sun going down.
See the size of that dragonfly???
Now we're on to our Picton photos. We drove home from Hokitika, spent a night back home then headed off the next day for Picton on the Saturday of Waitangi weekend. This photo shows some of us at the railway station, watching the trains.
We spent some time on the foreshore of the Picton waterfront. It's a lovely spot. They had this pond where you could sail little boats.
Jacob and his boat
They have all sorts of interesting things on the waterfront!
One of the things we did in Picton was a 45 minute walk to Barne's Dam. It's a pretty impressive dam and a beautiful bushwalk.
The dam wall is really high
A beautiful sunset one night from the window of the house we stayed in (a friend's holiday home)
All of us except Mum and Jana went on a boat ride out to Ship's Cove, which is where Captain Cook landed when he arrived in New Zealand. It's a beautiful cove in the Queen Charlotte Sound.
It was drizzling with rain but still a lovely stop at the cove
Cove view from the jetty
I saw two adult oystercatcher birds with their two little babies. The babies are about one third of the way from the top of the image. They were covered in grey fluff and were so cute! The adults did not want me going anywhere near their precious babies. :)
On the boat again - a sister selfie!
Oh look, there's the ferry coming in! (The ferry goes between the North and South Islands of New Zealand, from Picton to Wellington.
And that's that... hope you enjoyed the photos!