Colmar, France.

I spent some time in September visiting my daughter in Switzerland, and also catching up with my son & his partner. On one of the days I travelled to Colmar in France. The trip in itself was a delight as train travel doesn’t happen here much in NZ.

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Just because…

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One trip EVERY Month: Exploring My New Zealand

I just love Marianne’s new challenge idea.

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Making the effort to explore somewhere new every month. Big, little, the size of the trip doesn’t matter. Just opening yourself to a new place is the challenge. Well this month I went to a festival that happens every year in Katikati. I have often thought about going but never made it.

2014 was the year I finally made it.

So here are some images from the 2014 Katikati Avocado Food & Wine Festival.

My beautiful friend Celia treated me to a wonderful outing. While she tried the venison…

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I had a delicious maple syrup crepe.

We both enjoyed a glass of wine…my choice…the Pinot Gris. Very easily downed.

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There was music…

Paul and Penny entertained the crowd with Celtic music.

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The Reevers had some of the crowd up dancing.

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It was a great chance to catch up with my old doctor who sadly has moved on to a new practise.

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Luckily the new doctor is pretty cool as well, and for the first time in decades she’s a she !!

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Some of our younger generation also provided what was amazing entertainment. Lorde would have loved their rendition of Royals.

Katikati turned on a beautiful day and the crowds came out for loads of fun, the odd catchup with old friends, and the chance to make some new ones.

Not bad for a small rural town with a population of around 4,000 I’d say.

 

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Carefree

For a couple of hours I watched as this wonderful free creature took its time cruising around our local stream.

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Travel Theme: SImplicity

Simplicity…it is how I see my life. In that simplicity, every day I am shown one lesson over and over again. Beautiful does not mean complicated. So here is some of the beautiful simplicity of my life…

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“And I learned what is obvious to a child. That life is simply a collection of little lives, each lived one day at a time. That each day should be spent finding beauty in flowers and poetry and talking to animals. That a day spent with dreaming and sunsets and refreshing breezes cannot be bettered. But most of all, I learned that life is about sitting on benches next to ancient creeks with my hand on her knee and sometimes, on good days, for falling in love.”

Nicholas Sparks

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Weekly Photo Challenge: From Above

Last week I spent the afternoon out on Tauranga Harbour. As we toured around we came close to a landslip that occurred a couple of years ago. I couldn’t imagine how the family felt as they looked out from above at the damage done to their property.

I couldn’t actually take a shot ‘from above’, as it is too dangerous. But I am hoping you can see the enormity of it and appreciate what they saw that morning.

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I wondered how they felt leaving their family home.

I wondered where they are now.

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