Monday, April 28, 2014

Autumn Adventure

Easter Sunday at Whitianga Marina
This years school holidays threw together that magical combination of two consecutive long weekends in the first week with just 3 work days in between. The perfect opportunity for Dr.Phil, myself & the boys to head away on a wee Autumn adventure, firstly to Whitianga & then up to Whangaparoa for the boys to see Granny Ruth & for us to catch up with friends in Kumeu.
Hugo making the most of the spa at the Marina Park Apartments
Family holidays are funny beasts, especially with our two rambunctious boys.  It's finding somewhere with a mixture a wet & dry activities, plus enough variation for Mum & Dad to also have a chance to unwind. I would love to say Whitianga filled all those check boxes, but unfortunately it didn't.  It's a truly beautiful spot that would have been ideal for just us, but activities for two primary aged boys were sadly limited.
Louis soaking up the local colour at Coroglen
Even the enjoying the natural splendour was an arse ache, trying & failing three times to get to Cathedral Cove by excessive traffic & being unable to find a park within kilometeres of the start point.  What we did become very good at was learning how to queue or how to avoid them.  So we grabbed the chance to enjoy gems like the Coroglen Farmers Market & the Whitianga Art & Craft Market.
Naiadia from Martina Behm - Almost finished!

The inclement weather also meant that much knitting was done, I am almost through the most beautiful shawl called Naiada from my favourite designer Martina Behm.  It's using from black Merino Cashmere that has been lurking in the back of my stash for about 7 or 8 years.  It's funny that I have all these brightly coloured accessories, but nothing in black & it's a colour I wear so often. It felt good to redress this balance!

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