This is for the family in Paekakariki with our heartfelt thanks for the hospitality - from the roast (halal) leg of lamb (and all the yummies) to the joyful times with Atom and Mika.
Remember our Brave Bride ( posting on 30th June 2010)? Well here's more - and a half.
I have removed this photograph because this is not Bride's and Graham's house.
Here's part of the garden - on the leeward side - bursting with lemons.
And speaking of lemons, here they are, all clustered in a family photograph on a lovely sunny Spring day.
And here's my favourite Kiwi nephew Josh with his favourite nephew Atom.
Just to spice up good old Josh, here's a blast from the past. Yes, it was you playing Ninja with Unc on Foxton beach when you were just knee-high to a grasshopper.
My bestest favourite is beautiful Mika giving her great-aunt a flower.
And now, the most dreadful part. Here are the FOFs (Four Old Fogies). Bride, don't you dare suggest another word for the second 'F'.
However I much prefer this picture when we were all so much more beautifuller and gormless.The lady in the orange top was the matriarch, the late Ruth (or Haggis to her children, don't ask me why) and sister Jane is to her left.
And for the grand finale, here are all four of the second generation - playing their usual loopy games.There are Josh and Sadie acting out their drunken yobs' roles. And Jane's Joe and Sam are making out to be two pommies in a Gentleman's Club.
They're not like that now, just much worse in different ways. Sighh!
Thank you all in Paekakariki for the memories and the love.
PS. The first three photographs are from Lely, and photos 4, 6 and 7 were taken by Sadie - partner to Jason and mum to Atom and Mika. Thank you girls.