Not all love lasts,
nor do all marriages endure,
so when 50 years have gone by & you're still together, a celebration is certainly in order.
I was 2 months shy of being 3 years old when my aunt & uncle were married in 1963.
I was their tiny flower girl back then & their grown up niece last weekend; present for reminiscence & congratulations.
We're not very hardy travelers Rob & I, so we decided to create an adventure of our journey, take an extra day & stop in Taupo on the way north. I hadn't been quite on the ball in contacting my dear friend who lives in Taupo & decided to just pop in to her work & see if she was available for lunch. We pulled up at 12.16pm (random) & Rob was to stay in the car as I wasn't going to be long & as I stood on the road side waiting to cross the busy street, a white car stopped behind me & out hopped an astonished Cheryl wondering what I was doing there & so delighted to see us!! She had a worked a half day & was just on her way home. Synchronicity in very fine form wouldn't you say!!
We had a lovely catch up & coffee together, all the while marveling at such effortless connection & timing.
Later in the afternoon Rob & I headed just 5 minutes out of town to a place called Wairakei, where there is a great deal of geothermal activity & steam. I had read about hot pools called Wairekei Terraces & since we adore hot springs we decided to go & have a look.
What we found was so beautiful,
so utterly magnificent,
we were truly transfixed. We spent several hours in this magical place, at times, completely on our own!
& obliterated the marvel & beauty of this thermal wonderland.
You can see more of Wairakei Terrace Thermal Pools on this Smile Box if you're interested.
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The following day we traveled on to Tauranga to join family in a celebration lunch.
And in that moment, at 17, I met the man that would change my life forever & love me for a lifetime.
I adore the native Renga Renga lilies in the background.
Very bridal don't you agree.
Pohutukawa is the "New Zealand Christmas" tree & loves to grow near the coast.
We had a lovely time at the Taikura School fete (Rudolph Steiner school) the weekend before.
Aren't these little felted Pohutukawa babies just so perfect & adorable.
(I have some more to share with you about the fete next time.)
Music very often speaks to me & this song "Take Care of the One You Love" by Imany, most particularly just at the moment. Do listen out for the children joining in.
It is an African love song.
So lovely to see you.
Take care of the ones you love...I know that you do!