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Christchurch Backyard

Spring is here! The tree in our backyard has burst out in leaves, the sun is shining, and the rhododendrons, azaleas, and daffodils are all blooming.

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Second Spring 2015

Christchurch is (finally) emerging from winter. Our second winter of 2015. Spring arrived relatively late this year, according to several locals who have apologetically revised their promises of when we could expect warmer weather and more sunshine. 103 more words

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Hokitika Getaway

James and I did one night away this week, leaving the kids in Christchurch at school and with a sitter (in the evening). We were only gone from 9am on Monday until 3pm on Tuesday but it was great to get away for a bit! 442 more words

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Misty morning hike

Through drizzle and sunburst, breeze and sheep gates, the kids and I did a rousing 3+ mile hike this morning out on Godley Head. The only picture that accurately portrays the blueness of the water is below on the upper right… it was a startling turquoise, with swirls of darker blue as the waves rushed into the rocks below us. 272 more words

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Wearable Arts

James and I had the awesome privilege of attending the Ilam Primary School’s Wearable Arts show¬†this week.

Since arriving at her New Zealand elementary school, Charlotte has been working with her teacher and classmates on costumes and group choreography, all in preparation for today. 349 more words

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Rakaia Gorgeous

James and I hiked the Rakaia Gorge trail today. It was just over 10 kilometers and we heard tons of birdsong. The views of Mount Hutt, the turquoise blue water in the gorge, and bright blue skies combined with 50 degree temps and sun were magical. 22 more words

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