Home again, after a wonderful relaxing long weekend at Whangamata. It is so good to go away sometimes, even if it is only for a few days – and always good to come home again!
The weather was wonderful the whole time we were away, and we pottered around, laughed lots, and generally did very little.
It was lovely walking along the beach. Around at the Estuary we sat and watched Variable Oystercatchers with their black plumage and bright orange beaks.
There were a lot of New Zealand Dotterels there as well, often difficult to see as they blended in so well with the sand.
We wandered around town, doing lots of browsing but not buying very much.
Town was busy, and I was surprised to see how many people had dogs with them (thankfully all on leads, or they could have created chaos in the crowd).
Back at the house, we watched movies, sat out on the deck and talked, and worked on a jigsaw puzzle.
Breakfast was eaten at home, but our other meals were eaten out. My favourite spot was the Smash Pipi, a Monteith’s Brewery bar and restaurant.
We visited here on Saturday night and the staff, the drinks, and the food, were all exceptional. My Seafood Chowder was full of real fish, shrimps, king prawns and mussels. Yum!
Mittens was thrilled to see me home again (as was Son!) – she then jumped into my suitcase as I was unpacking, as if to say “Next time you can take me as well.”
There really is no place quite like home 😊