Friday, October 29, 2010

rotorua (part one)

Thanks to some very special friends (Murray and Gaye) I have just spent a lovely week hanging out on the shores of Lake Rotoiti. It is the most idyllic spot. Beth, Mikey and Holly came down for the weekend and then I spent the rest of the week on my own. It was so nice to have space - to think, pray, walk, craft, explore.... I let Auckland and all the stresses of life fall away and embraced the tranquility of my surroundings.

This is where we stayed. Our villa is straight above the trampoline.
 The view from the breakfast table.
Chess. We didn't get round to a game but lovely to look at!
Regular visitors!
Enjoying the facilities!
The local maze - advertised as the "largest, most complex about." Huh? About what?
The coolest people in the maze....
 An iced moccachino.....
 ....with Holly. Amazing!! (The drink and Holly)
Lake Rotorua. Beautiful!! (The view and Mikey)
 More swans
Californian Redwoods. They were planted in 1919 and are so massive. It's funny to be in the midst of something so American with New Zealand bush and pungas poking through!
It was a fun weekend with the family.... exploring all the cheap and free activities Rotorua has to offer (and there are a few), drinking "halvsies" (you can imagine what they are), enjoying the first swim of the season (it was so hot), Edward/Twilight/vampire style running through the redwoods (thanks Mikey), laughing our heads off (me anyway!). So I waved them off on Sunday afternoon and settled back for the rest of the week. Highlights follow in my next blog post....

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