Winter in Rotorua offers lots of spectacularly sunny, crisp and clear days, but also a fair few wet, windy and grey ones! Having left family and friends in 2009 to pursue our antipodean dream, however, for the months of July, August and September we take off each year and head back to the other side of the world so that we can catch up with everybody and enjoy a second summer.
Our main priority during these months is spending lots of time with our daughter and gorgeous grandchildren (ok Katie you're gorgeous as well!), but we also manage to catch up with our extended families and friends who we accumulated in a random way over the last half century. This involves a lot of eating out and drinking more than government guidelines recommend, but someone has to do it!
This year we spent time in England and Ireland as usual, and, on the way back, visited Teresa's brother in Worcester, Massachusetts. After 3 months on the road we were, as ever, totally over sleeping in strange beds and living out of suitcases, and returned to Mokoia Downs in late September full of energy and looking forward to the new B&B season.