A little bit of Paradise – Our escape to Te Puke

Rotorua

I have given myself a stern talking to about not avoiding blogging anymore and that replacing that last post before Latimer Square turned into Civil Defense Central 2 was completely ok with the blogging universe.
Rotorua

Kylie and I booked a trip to Te Puke for his Dads birthday quite awhile ago – before quake – so by hook or by crook, weither we owned the house we lived in or the fact that it was waterproof or not, we were going. Off we went and wasn’t it lovely to wander around a town and soak in the normalcy along with the sunshine and warmth.

Rotorua

First things first we were taken around some Rotorua hot pools, which most of the photos were of. I had fun taking shots and just wandering around smelling the sulphur and enjoying being a tourist.
Rotorua

 

Rotorua

We also swam, drank coffee by the beach, went to town to pick up a gift, baked a cake and….

The Mount bathing in Sunlight


Feet enjoying sand and water


Bright and Warm Beach

even played with kittens! This is quite common – as Kylie’s mum fosters cats and kittens to make sure as they grow up they are used to humans so that its less stressful for everyone involved when kitten finds home. I am usually pretty happy to help out and take photos.

Kittens in a Basket


Oooo look he is as hairy as me!

I mustn’t forget to mention Tall Dog, Aniken the St Bernard of the Death Star paddling pool. He is such a sweet dog. I was very nervous when I met him (so large!) but once I chilled out and fussed him, he instantly relaxed and leaned into me, I was then handed his chain and we went for a walk in the orchards.
Aniken the St Bernard


Aniken the St Bernard

Thanks Peter and Gill for a perfect getaway!

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