Lloyd and I started the day with coffee, toast and pressie opening which was lovely, then we got ourselves organised for the rest of the day.
Table all set
(we got out the good crystal!)
We had a group of friends and dogs over to celebrate, everybody mucked in and we all made various foody delights. There was banoffee pie, crayfish, home grown potatoes, home made lemon ice cream, a whole eye fillet of beef and much, much more... we were spoiled rotten! There were 6 dogs and each and every one of them was angelic.
Friends tents up - everyone stayed.
The day was warm and sometimes sunny. After a late lunch we went for a walk round the farm with the dogs. Then it was rounded off out on the deck until 1am with the firepit lit, lazing around on beanbags, with blankets, watching shooting stars. BLISS. We also ate an awful lot of the leftovers!
Dogs, hoping for some treats
After lunch it was time to have a little rest on the deck, in the sun.
Then it was time for our secret Santa. Well, it wasn't really secret, but we had all got small presents for eachother.
By evening we were all happy to just sit around and chat. The fire pit kept us warm as it got darker and darker.
All in all I would say it was a pretty perfect day.
When we made the decision to move to New Zealand ... all the way to the other side of the world... one huge concern I had was that friends and family would be so far away. I was so busy worrying about this that it never crossed my mind that I would have to make new friends. I'm not the most sociable person and I'm quite shy ( though I hide this terribly well). I would be in danger of staying in my nest and talking to chickens all day! ( Lloyd is our social co-ordinator!) so I consider myself incredibly lucky that we have this group of friends, who I feel I've known my whole life and who, I consider my family, here in New Zealand.
I hope everyone had as lovely a day with friends, family and loved ones as we did.