Monday, June 1, 2009

A weekend on the farm

I knew it. I knew having a queen would come in handy one of these days. Today, June 1, happens to be her birthday (or at least when we observe it), which is a public holiday. 

We decided to take advantage of the three-day weekend on a little farm near Tinui. 

We shared a gorgeous little rental house with two other couples. From left is Maggie and Archie, along with their little four-month-old Cameron, and Kate and Mike.

Our first order of business was to drive 20 minutes out to Castlepoint. Jake and I have been there before, but we were still excited to see it again. It's one of the most beautiful places I've seen. 

It features some amazing rock formations overlooking the ocean. 

But little Cameron didn't really seem that impressed. 

Archie did some surfing (wet suit definitely required) while Jake got in some running. Then we all hiked up to the lighthouse.

The weather forecast for Sunday called for some pretty awful weather, so when we saw the sun shining, we all jumped at the chance for a quick walk up a local trail nearby. 

Packed up Cameron, grabbed the rain gear and we were off.

I found these sheep pretty jumpy. Every time I tried to get close enough for a shot, they'd run away and stare at me from afar.

Not sure how high our climb was, but I was pretty exhausted by the time I reached the top. This is Maggie, Kate and Mike.

The rain held off for the most part until we began our descent. And then the sleet came. And then snow! It didn't seem very cold, but it was pretty exciting to go hiking in this crazy weather. It was difficult not to slip on the muddy trail, but we all came back without falling.

Even though it didn't seem that cold outside, I was pretty happy to snuggle up next to our amazing wood-burning stove. 

Thanks to Kate for making the arrangements, as well as preparing some fantastic meals! Jake told me that was the best part of his trip. Good food, good wine, good friends. 


Corey said...

It was 91 degrees, Jeromy, Primo Jim and all the ladies took the kids to the pool.

Jamie Stark said...

It's not the nice here, but I was just getting ready to "take the kids to the pool" as well. Huh, small world I guess...

Jamies Father said...

Sheep are very camera shy. Try approaching them with one of them real long walking canes and wear a bonnet.