Grandchildren and the return journey

It’s always lovely to catch up with the grandchildren, especially when we can visit, play, hype them up, feed them sugar and then leave 😉 no, really, we didn’t feed them lots of sugar as that would be just plain silly. We spent a good four days in Ashburton, or more accurately Eiffelton, catching up with everyone. Grandad had “help” one day playing one of the kids games on the iPad, it was extremely funny watching the grandchildren trying desperately to NOT interfere with Grandad’s game, the expressions on their faces was priceless.

Theo, Rose, Grandad, Andre and Dante.

Sunday evening we all headed in to the Ashburton Domain for Christmas in the Park which was a large gathering of families all having picnics and fun in the late afternoon sun listening to carols waiting for the fireworks display. Although the weather was fine and lovely throughout the days whilst we were south, the evenings were still very chilly. Monday morning and we all trotted off to Longbeach School to watch Dante and Rose perform their line dancing routines.

somewhere in there are a couple of grandchildren!

Soon it was time for us to head back to Christchurch, we were due to meet up with Ben as he was flying in from the UK. But unfortunately those plans went slightly awry as his plane was delayed leaving Heathrow and therefore after much re-routing and changes of planes, he landed 12hrs after his original arrival time. We met Ben and his lovely family when we were in the UK four years ago. You can read about our visit hereHowever, we did manage to visit our friends Pat & Sue as they are currently in Christchurch. We had a great catch up with all their news and joined them for dinner. It seemed as though we were just getting into the swing of things when it was time for us to leave. Hopefully we will meet up again soon and join in travelling around the country. From there it was a quick sprint out to the airport to briefly see Ben arrive safely after his loooooong journey from England. /home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/4db/13065192/files/2014/12/img_0214.jpg

Bernice & Ben at the airport.

We had an early morning flight to catch and we had somehow managed to accumulate a bit more luggage which required the purchase of another bag and a reshuffle of our gear. An uneventful flight back to Auckland with some great views including this shot of Mt Egmont/Taranaki.

Unfortunately the weather in Auckland on our return was not great but it was lovely to get back to our van and back to Shakespear Park where we will remain as camp hosts until the end of January.

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