We are about halfway through our summer holiday at the family bach (beach house), and already I have grown accustomed to falling asleep to the sound of the waves on the beach, of having lunch at 3 o'clock and dinner just before sundown.
|Just before Dawn this morning from my bedroom window.|
I love that every year my children get to have fun with their extended family.
Boating, fishing, swimming, sand-castle building, water-skiing, sea-biscuiting, sailing, games of cards, shrimping, climbing over the rocks, walking through the bush - it's always the same every year, and every year we grow more and more attached to this place.
And it's not that it's because it's such a beautiful beach and an amazing place to stay - but because it is our Turangawaewae.
It's the family relationships that we are building upon every year, since these kids were babies and since their parents were babies. They all grow up together. They all play together and know each other so well. They are friendships they will have for life.
That's what I especially love about coming here.
It's giving our children this treasure of each other.
Here are just a few of my favourite photos from the last week or so.