Monday, 10 November 2014

Merry Christmas

May your Christmas be filled with love, laughter and goodwill,
And may the year ahead be full of contentment and joy.
Have a very Merry Christmas

Christmas On The Beach - A song

We don't want no holly or mistletoe
We don't want no Christmas tree with artificial snow
We don't want no Snowman made of cotton wool
We're not a bunch of fools

Christmas on the beach, Christmas on the beach
Pack your picnic hamper up we're gonna have a feast
Underneath the huge Pohutukawa tree
Christmas on the beach

We don't want no reindeer, we don't want no sleigh
We just want some sunshine and a good old holiday
We don't want to suffocate in our shoes and socks
We don't want to sit around the box

I hope you all have a wonderful day wherever in the world you might be. Here in New Zealand, Christmas is a time when Kiwis (the people- not the bird or the fruit) traditionally pack their shorts, togs (swimsuit), sun screen, jandals (flipflops), boats, surf boards, fishing rods, deckchairs, tents; near everything bar the kitchen sink & climb into their cars to escape the towns & cities…..and where some will sit in endless traffic jams as hundreds of thousands do the same thing all over New Zealand. All trying to rush off to the beach so they can hurry up and relax!

Eventually they will arrive – at the beach, the lake, the river, the forest, the mountains, the camping ground, the bach or crib (holiday home), or Mum & Dads’ (like us this year) where they’ll plonk themselves down in the summer sun and enjoy one anothers’ company, have BBQs, eat, drink, get merry and of course, recharge.

David & I feel very privileged that we have been living this lifestyle 24/7 for the last 14 months- except the ‘get merry’ of course- and enjoying every moment of our great adventure.

I would like to especially send best wishes, kindest regards and a big thankyou to all my regular blog readers for making me part of your life. Without you I wouldn’t have been able to watch as the counter ticked over 80,000 views a few nights ago- now that is up there as one of the best Christmas presents ever! It makes all the hard, but enjoyable, work worthwhile.


  1. Hi Shelly & David,
    Heads up to you too...we read your "Merry Xmas" blog at lunch overlooking Keneperu Sound, it's an absolutely cracker day blue Skye's and even deeper blue seas, We're in the shade sipping wine heading later for an NZMCA campsite....our first trip away in our Toyota Coaster.... Thanks for all the blogs and your photos... Keep em coming
    Jimu & Christine

    1. Congrats on your purchase and your first trip away, I hoipe it all went well- or perhaps you're still away enjoying yourself. You'll be pros at it before you know it! We look forward to seeing you on the road somewhere. Happy New Year & safe travels!

  2. We know it's not "all about the numbers" but congrats on your big 80,000. Speaking for ourselves, we love to read about your adventures, and really enjoy your stunning photos. So congratulations - your blog is great!!

    Merry Christmas to you both.

    Jenny and Robin from Romany Rambler

    1. Thanks Jenny & Robin, hope you had a fabulous Christmnas and all the very best for 2015. May you have many happy times out & about in this wonderful country we call home. Take care.

  3. Merry Christmas to you two! I've so enjoyed your blog this year and I'm keenly looking forward to next year. Not that sunny here in Wellington but a pleasant temperature and no rain yet.

    1. Thanks Olwen, I hope you had a lovely Christmas too. I'm glad you have enjoyed the blog- I love sharing our travels with people who enjoy our country- I can't imagine what wonderful places & sights we'll see this coming year. All the very best for the new year.


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