I’m Home….

I’m home….

Well after 4 intense weeks in a whirlwind travel around New Zealand North Island visiting family and friends, chatting, laughing, sharing memories and meals and also finding places I had not seen when I lived here, I am finally back in Australia. Time to reflect on the adventure and sort through hundreds of photos and share some of the highlights.

I have been in a bubble of happiness and sharing. Creating new moments and memories with my family and reliving times from the past with my friends. Also finding roads less travelled that I had not seen when I lived in New Zealand for almost 40 years.

The first weekend we went on a beach BBQ with my son and family. The weather was perfect, the sun burning down onto the black sands of the west coast. Karioitahi Beach is a popular spot for families and at low tide vehicles can go further along the beach to find a secluded, grassy hideaway to set up the chairs and fire up the “barbie”

The black sand beach of Kariotahi

The black sand beach of Karioitahi main beach.

Low tide

Low tide

The “boys” go ahead in the land rover taking the food and BBQ while we walk the couple of kilometres to their favourite picnic spot. It is hard going in the hot sand, we are working up an appetite.

The flax is an iconic New Zealand plant that grows all along the shore

The flax is an iconic New Zealand plant that grows all along the shore, it has just finished flowering.

Shelter is set up to protect us from the sun

Shelter is set up to protect us from the sun

The energetic younger ones take the dog for a game in the ocean.

The energetic younger ones take the dog for a game in the ocean.

Meanwhile we all relax and watch the sausages cooking

Meanwhile we all relax and watch the sausages being cooked.

Yummy traditional New Zealand BBQ tucker....

Yummy traditional New Zealand BBQ tucker….

Waiting patiently for his share...

Waiting patiently for his share…

Sun sparkling on the ocean

Sun sparkling on the ocean



It was a perfect start to our stay in New Zealand.

I hope you enjoyed this taste of New Zealand beach culture. Next I will be going to visit the Auckland Art Gallery.









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43 thoughts on “I’m Home….

  1. Joan Watson

    Boy you 2 look good, love the photosx


  2. Welcome home!!! I am going to enjoy these posts so much. I love to travel … even doing it from my chair with you as my guide! Anxious to see more.


  3. welcome home pommepal, what a fascinating beach with all that black sand!


  4. Nice to see you back PP and you have sure whetted my appetite with that delish barbie and bottle of NZ sav blanc (I’m hoping). Is that a gas barbie then? Oh how I miss that sort of socialising. Looking forward to the rest..
    Jude xx


    • G’day Jude good to be back I’ve loved NZ but missed all my blogging buddies… The wine was Pinot Gris, and very nice and light. Yes the BBQ is a gas one and very portable. Laurie and Kerry have a pop up tent on top of the Land rover and they have occasionally parked in that spot over night and the tide comes right up and cuts them off from civilisation, just them the stars and the ocean, very romantic


  5. Thank you so much for taking me with you today! I’ve wanted to visit NZ for years 😀


  6. Lyn and David

    Wholeheartedly agree, welcome home, so glad to see a little of your bubble on your blog, looking forward to seeing more of your happiness bubbles in near future. David and I have missed your blogs.


    • Hi to you both, I will be busy blogging for a while before we take off to WA. How are my favourite cats?


      • Lyn and David

        All great and so glad to have us home, as we are to be home with them. Your beautifully nurtured Black Russian tomato tree has just had a tidy up, growing beautifully and loads of fruit on the way. Thanks again for all your love and care.


  7. Loved your photos Pauline, and so happy you are still in your Bubble of Happiness…. Enjoy your homecoming… Take care.. and have a super weekend.. Sue xox


    • Hi Sue, great to hear from you. Just had to check out and answer my lovely community. Now I am going to the farmers market to stock up on fresh fruit and veg.


  8. awesome photos of your time – and I love those seasons that are (as you call it) A BUBBLE OF HAPPINESS.


    • G’day Y, yes time spent with family, when you only see them occasionally, is real quality time and very precious memories


  9. What a marvelous day, beautiful place, beautiful family! I am glad you had such a nice vacation and am glad you are safely home~


    • Thanks Cindy, It’s comforting to be back with my cyber family, I’m looking forward to catching up with you all.


  10. Welcome back, Pommepal. Wonderful pics of having a relaxing family time. Those sausages look delicious. 🙂


  11. I’m glad you’re back and look really forward to your future photos. Thank you for sharing your sweet and relaxing day at the beach….


  12. Yes, welcome home!
    And now for our guided tour – lovely first glimpse – thank you!


  13. Welcome home..now let the blogging begin! 😉


  14. ‘A bubble of happiness and sharing’ is always something to enjoy! Looking forward to more posts on this….:)


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