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New Zealand - Day Fourteen

Saturday 17th April 2010

sunny 20 °C
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Wakey Wakey Birthday boy!! Look who’s 40!!

If you’re going to celebrate a landmark birthday what better way than in the middle of nowhere in a campervan with your wife, kids and an idyllic view.

The weather was glorious again.

After a big snuggle it was time for a fry up and open my birthday cards which Hazel had squirreled away throughout our trip so far. I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their kind gestures and gifts. Also I would like to say thanks for the ageist comments, and you will be hearing from my lawyer once I have put Fin through School, University, law school etc!

We all went for a walk in the cove and Hazel made an excuse to go back to the campervan.

The boys and me set about making little Igglepiggle boats using natures products. We actually got one to float and before you knew it, it was on its way to the North Pole according to Fin. Bon Voyage.

Now I had this great scene in my head of how I would like my Birthday to pan out. Boy did it go beyond all those expectations.

Hazel finally joined us and when we returned to the campervan I realised why it had taken her so long. The van now had Birthday banners all over it. Thank you darling.

We packed up and headed for Havelock, the Green Lip mussel capital of the world. After a quick play in the park we had lunch at the Mussel Pot. Yummy the freshest mussels you can have. Finlay found he has another great food he loves. “Daddy you have eaten all of them and I only had three” to which Mummy replied “you have to be quick when Daddy has food in front of him!”

After lunch we headed for the Marlborough wine region.

First stop Spy Valley. An award winning Winery in both wine and architecture. Excellent and would highly recommend it.

Second stop Highfield with a great tower to view the whole of Marlborough and set the scene of miles of vineyards surrounded by the mountains.

The boys were stars. Asleep for both!!

Our last stop was Cloudy Bay, a particular favourite of ours.
The boys were awake for this but not to worry as pure Kiwi style a box full of toys and balls were provided and they were off out into the beautiful grounds playing while mummy and daddy tasted wine.

Fin was most put out that he was not allowed to partake!

What a great day.

We headed for the campsite and after a perfect fillet steak on the barbeque (must say we were the only people barbequing) and a beautiful sunset it was time for a blog update and bed.

A special thank you to my wife Hazel for everything she has done and put up with, also my boys who can drive me mad but I wouldn’t have it any other way and to all those who sent cards and gifts and text messages, you have made my 40th very special and one I certainly will not forget.

Love to you all!

Andy aged 40.

Posted by thedeanies 17:00 Archived in New Zealand

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