Monday, January 3, 2011

Day Two–just as good

One of the best things about summer is barbeques and the fact that men know it is their job to do the cooking.  I don’t think I’ve ever heard a woman complain about a badly cooked barby.  But when my son-in-law takes the helm you know you are going to get beautifully cooked meat. 
When my children were young it was a family tradition for our family and my sister-in-law’s family to gather at Waipu on New Years Day for the Caledonian Games.  The day was (and still is) mostly about Piping, Drumming, Highland Dancing, Highland Heavyweight Field Events and Fiddling but athletics were also on the agenda and our kids all loved to run and compete.  This year the two youngest in our families arranged a re-union on 2 January at s-in-law, Rosalie’s home in Warkworth.  Thank you Justine and Kieran.  It was a wonderful idea and a fabulous day. 
j and k
Justine and Keiran
The children are now all in their 30s and 40s but they still love catching up, although they aren’t as active as they used to be.  It was up to the next generation to do the running and chasing.
They also did their share of chatting and eating.
It was worth the horrendous traffic on the drive to Warkworth to have such a lovely day of family togetherness.   We were lucky that Danny and Heather’s overnight visitors had left heading south shortly before we did and sent us a text message telling us where they were at a standstill in traffic.  With local knowledge and having no fear of dirt roads, we turned off the main highway and took a back road to quicken our journey.  We were heading in the right direction going home and, for me, the trip passed quickly as I slept most of the way.  Ah, it is nice to not be the driver sometimes.  Thanks, Dan.


  1. That's right. It's SUMMER there. How nice. California is under siege right now. We have had a bit of rain.... no,.... A LOT OF RAIN. This get-together of yours looks really good. Glad you had such a wonderful time. I could just taste that BBQ.

  2. What a wonderful day. I enjoyed the humour in the last photo.

  3. It sounds like a perfect, food and bagpipes!

  4. What a lovely Christmas! I love the Warkworth area ... you are so lucky to live near such a beautiful part of the world xo

  5. Yes. Farmlady, unlike a lot of the rest of the world, we are having perfect weather at the moment. The barby was delicious!

    GB, I hope Stacey can see the humour, too. She's a stunningly beautiful girl and the photo does her no justice. You know how careful you have to be with mussels. And Krystal was collecting the tiny crabs that were found - no wonder I won't touch the things. Mussels, that is!

    Pondy, yes, it was a perfect day!

    Warkworth is a great spot, Maid. About a 2 hour drive from here. (But I think it's better here! :) Too many people down around there!)


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