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Day 10 – Wanaka & Christmas Day 2014

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Merry Christmas


From us to you on this Christmas Day – a very merry Christmas – wherever in the world (or world wide web) you may be!

Christmas Morning

It was just another morning, really.  We’d celebrated Xmas before we departed for New Zealand, and we didn’t see the logic in bringing wrapped gifts over just to haul them back to Australia again.  However, we didn’t want the kiddies to miss out entirely (although at their age, it’s debatable whether  they grasp the concept of Christmas) so we bought them some Christmas themed Lindt chocolate teddies which may or may not have been a wise idea..

Christmas Afternoon


In the afternoon we got organised after a very lazy morning relaxing at the resort, and decided to head west towards Mount Aspiring.  We basically took the road as far as it goes before it becomes unpaved (gravel), which is to just beyond the entrance to the Treble Cone ski lifts.

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Once we turned around, we took a slight detour south towards the Diamond Lake recreational reserve, which we’d seen on our way across a single lane bridge.  The path down to the river was very treacherous and I, of course, didn’t bring sensible foot ware – instead maiming my flip flops instead.

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Once we’d spent a little while with our feet in the clear cool stream which was rapidly running into the lake farther beyond, we retraced our path back up to where the car was parked.  It was far easier on the return leg (uphill) and bought us some time to consider what to do next.


On the way back, we stopped briefly above Glendhu bay, and I snapped a couple of photos across that expanse of water with views east to Wanaka.  We drove back past the resort and returned to the nearby playground.  Jake and Damian played on the equipment with Toni monitoring close by while I took some lake snaps.  Eventually the boys and Toni came down to the lake, and we spend more than a half hour in and out of the lake.  It was very pleasant, not too cold – just right.

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We picked up our collective stuff’’ and then headed back to the car.  The return to the resort could be measured in minutes; it’s just around the corner.  We jumped into the pool to close out the afternoon, before retiring to the room for the dinner and bed routine.  Not a bad way to wind down Christmas Day, 2014!

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Xmas Tree 2014

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Well, it’s getting to that time of year again! 

We’re being a bit naughty and putting up the Christmas decorations a little bit early this year, even though it’s still just over a week to go until December 1st.

This is the first Christmas where Damian is able to be an active participant, having only been about three months old last year.  Both boys went nuts when we put power to the tree lights, so excited and thrilled – what a great age to enjoy this time of year.

As you may know, we add to the tree each Christmas, a tradition which dates way back to 1999.  We’ve had to cut back on the amount we spend, but we like to keep the custom going in any case.  Without further adieu – 2014’s contributions:


Our first piece of Australiana – an echidna wearing a Santa hat.

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We didn’t want the poor guy to be alone, so we added an Emu. 

Finally, a very large and nicely toned bauble completes the mix this year.


An Xmas Flashback

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Rob.Simpsons.XmasHappy Holidays, everyone.

Well, as the silly season is upon us, I thought it might be high time that I take a look back through old Christmas photos from years gone by.  Luckily, I had a digital camera very early on (i.e. in 1999) – it was a horrible Canon DC-25 – which took substandard 96 dpi (493×373) photos in underwhelming detail.

There were a few gaps in between, until I rediscovered an interest in digital photography in 2004, with my first Olympus camera (C740) and wound towards dSLR technology from 2006 onwards.

Here’s a photo retrospective of the history of our Christmas tree, we bought it from the Sydney Grace Bros (before the name change back to Myer) in 1999.  We’ve put it up each year except when we were living overseas, in 2004 (Vancouver) and in 2010 (China).


1999 – Pyrmont, NSW  
Xmas 1999 Xmas 1999
2002 – Hornsby, NSW 2004 – Vancouver, CA
Xmas 2002 Xmas 2004
2005 – Lane Cove, NSW 2006 – Beecroft, NSW
Xmas 2005 Xmas 2006
2011 – Bruce, ACT 2012 – Bruce, ACT
Xmas 2011 Xmas 2012

2013 – ACT

Xmas 2013

Of course, last year was Jake Sanders’ first Christmas… he rather enjoyed attempting to eat his presents, rather than opening them.  This year, he is joined by his new baby brother, Damian – they are both looking forward to the holidays.  In fact, this is my first son’s second Christmas and my second son’s first Christmas – just to be confusing!

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Jake, Christmas 2012 / Jake and Damian, December 2013

Happy Holidays!

Rob, Toni, Jake and Damian