But here's some of what I've been up to before and after our Taupo holiday :-)
|Friends who are missionaries in Japan came to visit - and brought us yummy Japanese snacks!|
Our Christmas tree is also rather random, although it's open structure does allow you to really see all the ornaments, most of which have a story behind them.
|Our household Christmas celebration (Sarah's niece Emma is living with us for a bit over the summer)|
Celebrating my mum's 78th birthday with fish and chips at Oakley Creek late December.
The remarkably yellow sky on Sunday, courtesy of the Australian bush fires.
This was taken around 2.30pm on an otherwise sunny afternoon. Our friend Russel captured the atmosphere really well in this photo album. I found the weird light really disconcerting, but Martin and I also spent the afternoon listening to Handel's Messiah (I listen to that multiple times each Christmas, and Sunday was the last of the 12 days of Christmas) and that really helped. It was good to remember that humanity has the freedom to seriously screw things up (causing immense suffering along the way), but that God is ultimately going to restore stuff, too...
Then, on Monday, as part of my Sabbath rest I decided to bike to Pt. Chevalier Beach for a swim (something I'd also done with Martin a few days earlier). I went via. the Rainbow Path because it makes me smile :-)
|It was a very windy day and the sea was quite choppy.|
Then yesterday my friend Louise came to visit (she lives in Wellington, but is in Auckland for a few days visiting family), along with our mutual very good friend Anna. I took them for a walk to the Oakley Creek waterfall, which neither had been to before.
|at the waterfall lookout|