One last look at 2013.

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My first post of 2014 is about my last run of 2013.

Over the break my partner Alex and I visited Hamilton Island in the Whitsunday Passage, Queensland. Initially we went there to take in the beauty beneath the water, of the Great Barrier Reef, but the views on land were just as inspiring. This view, from the top of One Tree Hill, is one of the most celebrated on the island however, after tackling the 82 meter elevation to get there my breath was already taken. But, thanks to the power of photography, I can enjoy it forever without having to go through that again. 🙂

The Kiwi Christmas tree is up

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Pohutukawa no silver

On my Thursday morning walk along the waterfront, I spotted one of the first Pohutukawa trees to flower.

This Kiwi “Christmas tree” is loved for its crimson flower that only appears during the summer months. For me, the first flowers mark the beginning of the festive season and as I have about 3 parties in the next week it seems mother nature is right on time.

Spring, in the land of the long white cloud.

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Spring, in the land of the long white cloud.

There was a smidge of blue sky peeking from behind the clouds so, Alex and I headed to my favourite North Shore Beach, Castor Bay. Though we weren’t as brave as these kids who were in the water, boogie boards and all, we had a great time sitting on our towels, listening to the waves. Kids really don’t care when it comes to getting in the water do they? Rain, hail, shine or even slightly cloudy it seems. ☺

Sunday

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Sunday

6.5km Map My Run today. The gorgeous weather meant Wynyard Quarter was the busiest I’ve seen it in quite a while. There were even boats sailing happily on the harbour. Great day for it.

Skiing. Day 1.

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Skiing. Day 1.

I just got back from a few days away at the snow. I had a great time but found it a bit hard to post while I was away so I’ll upload a few pics now. Got an afternoon of skiing in on the first day. Unfortunately rain the night before washed a lot of snow away. As you can see from the pic it’s a bit patchy. But, I had a blast anyway. So much fun you don’t even realise you’re exercising.