What a fantastic day for Autumn – The Pigalinas went on a bike ride from Hawea to Albert Town (20kms return) along the river and then spent some time with the family down at the lake.
(An aside – There is a video of Pigalina, aged 13, having a bit of a freak out in a blow up boat on Lake Hawea. I couldn’t get back to shore. The camera pans back to reveal that I was only about 4 metres out. How my family laughed. This time I managed to control my fear despite the other person in the kayak with me ignoring my frantic paddling back to the beach.)
As mentioned yesterday, Hawea is way better than Wanaka which gets all the glory. There were two other groups down at the lake when we were there. The next day in Wanaka the place was over run with people, cars, ducks and boats. Hawea for the win. Everytime.
Emmey (my parents’ dog) has come to stay while they walk the Milford Track.
Enjoy this photo of Tobias’ Aunt as it was jolly hard to get – flashes and light reflections drive her to distraction. There will be no wall licking at my house though!
Bethanie, my youngest cousin, got married today. (You may recall a post from last week that preceded the most amazing performance of “Faith” by George Michael that the world has ever seen on Bethanie’s Hen’s Night. Freddie Mercury and Amy Winehouse wept in heaven at the beauty of Pigalina’s voice).
The Pigalina family moved to NZ from England 19 years ago and Bethanie’s family joined a few years later. It is incredibly special to be able to share these family events with them without hopping on a plane for 24 hours at a time. Today we had a lovely celebration in the herb garden at the Dunedin Botanical Garden.
As part of the Otago Festival of Arts the Octagon (Dunedin’s town centre) became the Chalktagon! People were invited to draw something as part of a huge collaborative chalk drawing. The Monkey Business monkeys (in the fezzes) turned up too.