Meg and I arrived in Auckland on April 11. The overnight flight was easy as usual. We took a self portrait shot, enjoyed coffee/tea and a muffin at the domestic terminal before we flew to Whakatane. Teresa, Sebastian, and Emma met us. Impressively, they immediately picked up our luggage and carried it the car–and to the house when we arrived. Then Sebastian opened his birthday present–a radio controlled helicopter. He is well on his way to mastering its flight maneuvers. We have enjoyed the beach and surf. And the weather has provided some beautiful scenes and colors. So, many good days with family lie ahead is this great country!
We have less than a week left here with the family in Ohope Beach, North Island, Bay of Plenty. Whereas the first week and half passes slowly, the sand of the hour glass is now rapidly filling at the bottom. Our days have been filled with the happy voices of our grandchildren, and activities with them. We have enjoyed long beach walks, shell collecting, sunrises and sunsets, travel up and down the coast. This is an exceptionally beautiful country. We are blessed to be able to visit.