It’s February and if I’m honest, I still haven’t really recovered from December. Every Autumn, my sister and I promise one another that we are going to enjoy the Fall and holiday seasons. We make plans to be organized and balanced and by Thanksgiving week that has completely gone out the window with obligations and the pace of life here in Los Angeles.
December absolutely flew by, I almost can’t remember it. Work was insane and made even more so with all the holiday related celebrations and that fact that I was preparing to speak and get ready to fly out the next day for New Zealand. We also fit Christmas in there at some point, I think.
So today, I’m about 3 weeks back into the swing of things after having spent 2 ½ weeks home in New Zealand. What a life transforming 16 days away – we rang in the New Year, celebrated my nana’s 90th birthday, spent some precious time with family I haven’t seen in a decade, met some family for the first time ever and found the love of my life. How’s that for a productive trip?!
Our bags are packed and the Burns crew is on the move.
Cruising around the Bay of Islands, New Zealand in my uncles 63′ Bonneville.
A proper flat white at The Bean on Thames in Oamaru and a Magic Bar.
Our little Oamaru – 45.0842° S.
An afternoon session at Scotts Brewery with my lovely aunties – its in the genes!
An epic journey along the Danseys Pass….dirt roads for miles!
A quick stop at the Danseys Pass Coach Inn.
Built in 1862, Danseys Pass Coach Inn is perfect for a meal, special event or to relax in those incredibly cozy sofas – I could have stayed there all day.
Likely one of my favorite places to eat while I’m in New Zealand, Riverstone Kitchen! Delicious pancakes with berries and cream.
Nana on her 90th Birthday!
A proper meat pie from McGregors Bakery in Palmerston.
Scotts again! We may or may not have been there every day – shhhh, don’t tell anyone.
That love of my life deal I mentioned earlier; well, this is him.
Here’s to an amazing 2016!