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January 2nd 2007
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Christmas MorningChristmas MorningChristmas Morning

Opening Christmas pressies...
HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU ALL*** I hope you had a good one and enjoyed yourselves. I thought I had better do an update as we head out of here tommorrow to explore the South Island for the next 5 weeks. We have had a very relaxing time over the last 3 weeks, helped enormously by the vast quantities of Sauvignon Blanc they make in this region and the fact that Gail and Mike have a Spa in their back garden. Kiera has had a fabulous time with her Aunt and Uncle and especially annoying her cousin Natalie who has been a star! We have been out and about lots in the Marlborough Sounds region which is the north of the South Island and it is a beautiful area. Blenheim itself is bordered on 3 sides by hills/mountains and it is very sheltered due to these ranges; hence the fact that it is perfect wine growing country with a very Mediterranean climate. Next time you are drinking some Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc, chances are it will have come from around here. While the boys have been kayaking, walking in the hills and fishing, us girls have been wine tasting, having massages and
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Starting Christmas Dinner with crayfish, scallops and prawns
shopping. (Gail has actually been on a couple of hill hikes, getting fit for the huge Queen Charlotte tramp (walk) her and Mike are doing later in January). Luckily for me my calf muscle is still not right so no big hills for me!!!!
Our wine tasting day was lovely and we went to Wither Hills, Cellar Le Brun, Allan Scott and Montana - very nice it was too; I am now a considerable expert on Sauvignon Blanc and prefer a Wither Hills 2005....... (ha ha)
We've been out to a couple of the local beaches, had a picnic beside Lake Argyle on the way to Saint Arnaud and also picnicked at Pelorus Bridge which was gorgeous - Rik and Mike attempted some fishing in the river but had no luck. They had better luck today when they went on a friend of Mikes boat into the Marlborough Sounds and Rik caught a 10lb Snapper fish - yes, he was very chuffed and is even smiling!!!
Tomorrow we are leaving for Hanmer Springs which is a big alpine hot springs area. The weather has calmed down a bit now as it has been a bit rough in the last few
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Al Fresco....
days (luckily not here in Blenheim) so hopefully we will have some decent weather. Mike and Gail are coming with us for a couple of days and then we will carry on from there. We have spent a lot of time over the last 3 weeks debating whether or not to go to Fiji (because of the coup) and still haven't made a decision, so that will be something we have to sort out in the next couple of weeks; still, i am pretty confident that if we go and get caught up in anything we should have sufficient friends with the contacts, experience and nounce to mount a full scale rescue operation - you have been warned!!!
Well, i will publish this and get on with the packing. Love to you all and see you soon
Nicchi, Rik & Kiera xxxxxx

Additional photos below
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Marlborough SoundsMarlborough Sounds
Marlborough Sounds

Boxing day outing
Family Day at the BeachFamily Day at the Beach
Family Day at the Beach

this was before the sun went in...

The green shelled mussel capital of the world
Mussel pickingMussel picking
Mussel picking

Gail and Rik look for mussels
Me & My girlMe & My girl
Me & My girl

Me and Kiera next to the spa.
Wine TastingWine Tasting
Wine Tasting

The girls go wine tasting and lunching at Montana Winery
Enjoying the SpaEnjoying the Spa
Enjoying the Spa

in the garden...
Rik catches the big one.....Rik catches the big one.....
Rik catches the big one.....

Rik catches his first big fish of the trip in the Marlborough Sounds
Marlborough SoundsMarlborough Sounds
Marlborough Sounds

View from the top of the hill near Picton
Pelorus BridgePelorus Bridge
Pelorus Bridge

We came here for a picnic
Somethings cooking in the kitchenSomethings cooking in the kitchen
Somethings cooking in the kitchen

These Cannon boys are very well trained.....

2nd January 2007

Fab looking family
Hi all! Just a quick note to say Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Looks like you had a blast. What a fine looking seafood platter. You are all looking well and I am loving that hair colour on you Nicchi. You go girlfriend! We will be in contact again soon. Lots of love and stuff. Kirri, Roy and Ruby xoxoxo
2nd January 2007

Happy New Year!
Bloody hell Rik, I reckon that's very nearly a smile! Well done mate! Looks like you had a fab time with family Cannon. Glad you liked your pressies, hopefully they won't take up too much room on your travels. We are fine here and getting back to normal. Shane ready to start his 264 training next week after being overlooked for promotion can you believe?? Take care and we look forward to your next blog. Sam,Shane and Lucy xxx
2nd January 2007

Happy New Year
Well hello to you - looks like you all had a Merry Christmas - I see a new career in the wine world for you Nicchi! I hope santa was kind to you and happy travelling in the South Island - get trampin...Lots of Love from Shrewsbury xxx
2nd January 2007

Happy New Year!
Dear All, You are soooo good at keeping us up to date. I'm sorry I can't say the same. But hey, why would you want to hear 'bout Church Crookham when you are having such a FAB time. What was Christmas like in sunshine? It was grey over here, but had a few blue skies lately. Matthew and I did abit of globe trotting just before Christmas, we went to New York for 3 nights. Had a lovely time, totally maxed out on the credit card(not good!) but hey, you can't take it with you as the old addage goes... I worked between Christmas and New Year which is just as well as had nothing left to go sales shopping. Got a few days off now as the children don't go back to school until Thursday. Rachel says 'hello' to Keira and wishes her a happy new year. Well had better go for now, will try to keep in touch better this year. Take care of you and yours, all the best, love from Lynn xxx
5th January 2007

Happy 2007 xxx
Hi merry xmas and happy new year from sunny old chester. You all look so tanned and chilled ,so glad your all having fab time and meeting all the relatives. The way it's going you won't want to come back and I need you here for my regular councilling sessions,I've missed them.Take care and love to you all trace % gang xxxx
10th January 2007

I'm coming to rescue you!!!
I know you're not actually in Fiji yet, but I'd much rather mount my fearless rescue attempt while you're all in NZ, much less messy. HAPPY NEW YEAR you Cannons! We are all fine here and had a pretty good xmas. Didn't get to send you a card, but hope you got my text on New Years eve? LOVING the blogs!!! You really should write for a living Nic..... although I guess the "Tern Hill/Church Crookham Blog" won't have the same pulling power. Take good care y'all, and kisses for everyone. Elaine, Andy, Billy and Sam xx

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