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A lighthouse, party and hundreds of seals

and a tattoo or 2!!!!

sunny 10 °C

This week was the first week of the school holidays - I didn't do an awful lot.
The estate agent sent round a hoard of people to view the flat as we move out of here in 2 weeks, I had lunch with G a couple of times, went to the gym and on Tuesday I got a tattoo done as a little reminder of my time here. It is based on traditional Maori bone/greenstone carvings - an eternity twist (representing paths of life and love) with a koru inside it (representing peace, tranquility and spirituality) it is at the top of my thigh so fairly hidden. G then went on Thursday and had one of his existing tattoos enlarged, at the moment it is only partly done, he has another 2 sessions to do before it will be complete. CIMG3719.jpgCIMG3749.jpg
This weekend we headed to Wellington for Gerald's sister Alison's 50th birthday. We flew out Saturday morning and headed straight to Alison's where a lot of the family had already gathered, we had a lovely lunch together and then Gerald and I went to get Kirsten from the airport as she was spending the weekend here too. We drove up Mount Victoria for the views of Wellington as the sun was setting CIMG3751.jpg then we headed to our lighthouse accommodation which was so gorgeous! The lighthouse is in Island Bay and had 3 levels - downstairs was the kitchen and bathroom, then the bedroom and finally the top floor had a double futon and the most amazing views of the bay as it is totally glass all round.CIMG3831.jpgCIMG3842.jpg It was equipped with everything you might need and had a fully stocked fridge for breakfast with bacon, eggs, mushrooms, tomatos, orange, fruit, yoghurts, bread and pikelets! We ate just about everything between us and would recommend it to anyone as a great place to stay if you are in Wellington. The man who owns it also owns 'The Keep' which is like a mini castle so we are planning on checking that out on a future visit!
The venue for the party (The Pines) was lovely. All of G's siblings were there which doesn't happen very often CIMG3803.jpg as well as lots of other family members. Alison had arranged for a photo booth to be set up so everybody had to visit the booth and then the photos were put in an album and everybody left a message, a really good idea! We ate, drank and danced and had a great night.
On the Sunday we went for a walk along the coast to the Red Rocks, an area famous for it's male seal colony. The weather was fantastic - sunny and no wind at all, very unusual for Wellington! We found the seals - there were hundreds of them!!! Pretty much every rock had one basking in the sunshine!
CIMG3862.jpgCIMG3858.jpgCIMG3853.jpg The afternoon was spent in the city with a wander round the shops and a visit to Te Papa museum before heading back for dinner at Alison's and then the airport.
A lovely weekend :-)

Posted by bumblebum 17:25 Archived in New Zealand Tagged living_abroad

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Love the tattoos! Especially yours Anita. And fantastic lighthouse too. x

by June Williams

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