Thursday, 3 May 2012

Time away from Reality

It is not often that we, as a family get to go away on holiday. Being self employed in the way that we are, has it's drawbacks.(As well as some good stuff too) If we don't work, we don't get paid - end of story. We usually take our week away camping up to Martins Bay about 1hr north of Auckland. Great family beach and campground and we really love our time there in January of each year.

However in my husband's business (The House Mechanix) where he does home maintenance (everything from changing light bulbs to refitting your bathroom/kitchen) we have a customer who has a beach place (called a "Bach" (prounced Batch) in NZ) at Opito Bay in the Coromandel on the East Coast of NZ approx 3.5hrs drive from Auckland. On occasion they need some work done at the place, like painting etc. We have once before been lucky enough to stay there for 4 days while Craig did some jobs that took a day and a half. We were offered the place again during the second week of school holidays in April and this time we just said "bugger it - we're going" Craig had a bout a half days painting to do and we got to spend 5 nights there at no charge. Yay!

Packed up the girls for a few days of beautiful weather, kayaking, walks along the beach, sandcastles, body surfing, boogie boarding or just doing nothing. The beach house is directly across the road from the beach and the kitchen and dining table look straight out over the water. Heaven.

The Glorious Beach
  Did I mention that these photos are taken half way through Autumn in New Zealand. How is this for weather. Around 21 degrees C every day. We are so blessed in this country with many outstanding beaches.


My Beautiful Girls

Me & My Girls

Daddy & Sandcastle Competition

Its tradition to build 2 sandcastles close to where the tide is coming in and then sit up the beach and watch the tide take away the castle. Then to see which one lasts the longest. Unfortunately Alana's and mine in the forground was the first to go :)

Boogie Boarding

Our little 8yr old water baby. The waves were only little (that is the sand you can see under the water that is brown) but enough to get some good boarding in.
My Girls Again

Everyone Has a Tractor for The Boat!

Was hard case watching all of the tractors lined up on the beach with everyone out fishing.

And just in case you were wondering where the beading is - yes I finally decided to make something using Celini Spiral while we were away. I am making a necklace which isn't quite finished yet. Had been putting off giving it a go as everyone said it was hard. I loved it and it was so easy since I have done so much other Peyote stitch - granted I have done it in all green tones which is easier. Perfect way to relax in the evenings.
Look forward to going again one day :)

And its Green


  1. Looks like you had the perfect holiday. It is always refreshing to unwind and relax. It was nice to met you while I was on my holiday.

    1. Thanks Tania,was great to not look at computer for 5 days

  2. Lucky that you can go somewhere nice as a mini "working holiday". My husband and I aren't self-employed but we both work for the government and we both do shift-work so getting time off together is difficult. In June next year we will be celebrating 14 years of marriage and finally going on a honeymoon together! A cruise around the Pacific - can't wait! Thank you for sharing your story :)

    1. Yes Bobbie can understand that with Shift work, we have other friends in this situation and always a mission to get time off together. Yay 14yrs next year - congratulations. The cruise sounds amazing. :)

  3. What a lovely break away - you all look so happy :). I haven't been to the Coromandel since I was a kid - beautiful place!

  4. Thanks Mel - yes it is beautiful and we have been lucky both times in the past two years to have had perfect weather.