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- Shetland Islands
- Cumbria and the Lake District
- Republic of Ireland
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About Me & Mine
Me - Joanne, Tim - daddy, Mathilda and Isabel. We love being outdoors, it doesn't have to stop when children appear. Mathilda started skiing at 2 and a half. They have both already done New Zealand's alpine Tongarino crossing.
Favourite place in the world:
On top of a mountain, if the climb was good and the view is magnificent and you're with your favourite people, you could often be anywhere!
Favourite things to do outdoors:
Walking and hiking, skiing, snowboarding and sledging. Biking, jumping in puddles, watching Daddy play football, going to the beach, having picnics.
Wow, it feels like so long since I wrote a blog! We have been on a big adventure to the Southern Alps of New Zealand. There was no internet connection so I couldn't write as we went so we have many stories to tell. I thought I would start right at the very beginning with how we got there and some of the things that worked for me on such a long road trip.
Our neighbours came home the other weekend to find us having a family meeting in one of our big trees at the front of our house. The girls love playing outdoors so much and although we don't have a big garden we have been trying to make it as user friendly as possible at each age that the girls reach.
Isabel has been asking me over and over can she ride the little 12 inch green bike we had lent to a friend. You may have read previous blogs of mine about numerous biking trips we do and seen some pictures of little Isabel pushing away on her wooden balance bike trying to keep up with everyone else with their pedals!
It's amazing what you can do when you put your mind to it! We decided having done lots of day hikes to give it a go and try an overnight stay in a department of conservation hut. The girls were so excited. Mathilda at 4 walked the 9.3km to the hut and the 9.3km out again. At 2.5 Isabel walked about 2km in and a staggering 5km out!!
Whilst everyone out there seems to be enjoying winter fun for christmas, we in New Zealand are in the middle of summer and in full camping season. We do everything all at once, main school holidays plus christmas, it makes for a very very mad time when trying to attend end of term events, organise Christmas here and presents to be sent over seas and also organising a camping trip/holiday.
My little girls just love being outdoors. We've been doing a lot of renovating recently and they've been a bit confined to inside the house for a while as the garden hasn't really been safe. Hmmmm, yes especially since the younger ones second birthday which she spent most of in hospital after falling down a hole and impacting two of her teeth and cutting her lip - nice! (the hole has now gone I'd like to add!)
My kids just love bottle feeding lambs. It’s just as well they don't really understand why these little ones need milk from us as I think they would be most upset. Last year whilst on holiday in Christchurch some neighbours let us feed their 4 lambs and since then Mathilda just wants it to be spring all the time!
Well, we've been having adventures left right and centre but best of all we've been going skiing at Mount Ruapehu in the Central North Island, New Zealand. This year we've had a great snowfall although it was a little late coming and now it’s just fun and games. I am so glad we found the Little Trekkers’ website and the Spotty Otter clothing range.
After far too much renovating we decided we were in need of a good day out. Since then we've done so many I've hardly had anytime to write a blog. Omana Regional Park, Auckland. We had a great little picnic lunch with the girls up and down keeping the resident chickens away from our freshly baked cheese scones!
The winter is setting in here in New Zealand but with our Spotty Otter gear we can go anywhere in any weather. We recently took an afternoon trip over to the Waitakere Mountains for a walk with the girls. They are really close to Auckland so easy to get to for a day trip, an afternoon trip or with plenty of trails you can create many overnight expeditions too.
Whilst on a camping trip around the east side of the North Island of New Zealand, we took a bicycle tour with the girls. Some friends had previously done the same and told of how beautiful the countryside was as the pathways weave around vineyards and orchards, along the side of the ocean and by the banks of various rivers. It sounded perfect for us so off we went.
What a lovely day trip! We took a trip with our German friends from their house near Munich to Kloster Andech, a place famous for its Benedictine monastery and also its beer! The girls first of all loved the train ride (or the S bahn as it’s called in Germany) where we got off at the village of Herrsching.
Another trip we did whilst back in the UK was to Aberdaron in North Wales. Its right on the tip of the peninsula and a lovely little seaside village I have been going to with my parents since I was in nappies. I'm not sure I should be telling you all about it as it’s so lovely there we don't want everyone going!!
The summer holiday has been full of exciting adventures: climbing to lighthouses, visiting seal colonies on the New Zealand coast, biking trips and picnics in fields of spiders but today in the tent, everyone woke with a sense of anticipation. We organised breakfast, packed a picnic lunch and we were off. Wow! I wish it really was that quick! Mathilda, the intrepid adventurer at 3 years old on foot and Isabel, 18 months high on Daddy's shoulders with the best view.