Didn’t do Christmas last year – I was caught between Aussie and New Zealand . . . and naughtily opted out of both countries festive celebrations in favour of some stress-free peace and quiet. I have been told that this was truly growing old disgracefully behaviour . . . so this year does represent improvement in that I am participating in person, along with dear devoted husband – in New Zealand festivities and both of us also in absentia in Aussie ones.
But there’s no room for a Christmas tree at Base Camp (really?) all decorations are stacked away in storage (out of reach?) dear devoted has ‘volunteered’ to do all pressie shopping and wrapping (not many this year?) and there is no Christmas Dinner to prepare over a slavish hot stove – yee-ha!!!
Youngest son and amazing wife Alix have taken the lead and invited us to join them at their Plimmerton Beach home to enjoy their gourmet hot ham masterpiece on Christmas Day amidst extended family with no strings attached – not even baking the usual pavlova! Perhaps next year we can do the same in Aussie-land!
At home this year we can report that the newly-planted Pohutukawa trees just metres from our Peka Peka Beach Base Camp ‘lounge’ are in full bloom with tui regularly feeding on the nectar of these iconic ‘land-of-the-long-white-cloud’ Christmas flowering trees. Flowering by Christmas is meant to signify a long hot summer! Probably also signifies global warming these days.
And Father Christmas has been spotted on Peka Peka Beach so Christmas will be happening here with-me or without-me co-operating! So either way all the very best of stress-free Christmas pleasure to you all from dear devoted and yours truly. Don’t make too many New Year’s resolutions and let’s look forward to the year 2020 with new insights.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!