Spring breaks

All hallows eve. That one night of the year when the spirits rise from the dead and once again walk the earth…*evil laugh*.

It’s a rather unspooky 31 October in Auckland. The orange fallen leaves and darkening nights are nowhere to be seen, instead replaced with warm evenings and baby lambs skipping around fields.

Not that I’m complaining, spring has sprung in the Southern Hemisphere and I’ve fallen in love with New Zealand all over again.

We’ve done a whole lot of exploring in the past month, but before I get into that there is some more important news to discuss.

Spring is traditionally the time of rebirth, rejuvenation and regrowth. How apt then that the stalk delivered this little bundle of joy to the family. Meet Isabelle Rose, my cute as a button niece…

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I’m absolutely overwhelmed by how tiny and amazing she is – arriving a month early and currently weighing just over 3 pounds, she’s about the size of a kitten. After an emotional and tense few days she arrived healthy and happy. My trip back home can’t come too soon now that I have this little one to hang out with.

Now, back to our October explorations. There is nothing I love more than packing up the car with my wetsuit, snorkel and boyfriend and disappearing to empty beaches backed by tropical national parks and reserves. Which is what we have mostly been doing for the past few months.

Our balmy Coromandel road trip, reminding us why New Zealand is the absolute bees knees
Cathedral Cove, Hahei, New Chums Beach

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A somewhat overcast but nevertheless wonderfully relaxing weekend on the East Coast
Leigh, Matakana, Tawharanui, Scandrett Regional Park

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Long overdue South Island adventures
Nelson, Marlborough Sounds, Abel Tasman National Park, Golden Bay

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These guys…

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Spot the rock coloured seal…

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Less than 4 weeks until our flying visit back to the UK and I’m delirious at the thought of being reunited with everyone #JamsGettingHitched

All that’s left to say is… HAPPY HALLOWEEN from me and Batfink! xxx

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