Summer Christmas

Happy New Year friends.  It’s a while since I’ve blogged but I have been busy!  I spent Christmas in New Zealand with my family, and started a new job after I got back.

I thought I would share a few pictures of my time in the sun.

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I caught up with an old friend of mine who was back from Japan for Christmas. We went to Hanmer Springs, walked to a waterfall and then soaked in the thermal pools.

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Ate Kaikoura crayfish (rock lobster).

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You buy them in a little shack on the side of the road. Nin’s Bin is the best-known crayfish shack.

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Side-of-the-road cherries. Cherries are obligatory at Christmas time.

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I always get a vineyard lunch in while I’m there.

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We spent a few days at our beach house in the Marlborough Sounds.

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Trying out my new oyster knife on the beach. It’s the best way to have oysters – you throw the shells back in so new oysters can grow on them. Lemons grow in abundance in the Sounds – the climate is Mediterranean. The oysters are Pacific oysters and taste incredible. At low tide you can eat your fill.

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Local ale – New Zealand has finally developed a craft beer culture.

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I love a good Kiwi brunch.

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And I drank a lot of long blacks. Thankfully this is catching on in London like the flat white did before it.

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A green juice at the farmers’ market. This one was in the countryside, on a Friday, and packed with ladies who lunch.

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Another market, this time in the port town of Lyttelton.

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