Merry Christmas everyone. We had an absolutely lovely day. Jan’s parents are visiting from Invercargill for a week and at Breakers we had a lovely young couple from Switzerland staying with us on Christmas Eve – Heinz and Fabienne. They had been travelling in NZ for two months in a campervan and for the final five nights of their NZ adventure they were treating themselves to a rental car and b&b accommodation.
Heinz and Fabienne arrived early afternoon of Christmas Eve and enjoyed spending the afternoon sitting out on their balcony with the fantastic views of the Tasman Sea. Jan made them an antipasto platter that evening for dinner and gave them a bottle of NZ sparkling wine to help celebrate their Christmas which is actually celebrated on the 24th in Europe rather than the 25th like in NZ and they headed to the beach to watch the sunset. The sunset couldn’t have been better for them and their arrival onto the beach was timed to perfection. Their comments were that their stay with us was “absolutely perfect” – the best place they stayed on their NZ adventure!
Christmas on the West Coast – what could be better. We awoke to gorgeous blue, sunny skies with slight wisps of cloud hugging the horizon. The morning began with a “champagne” breakfast, with us all joining Heinz and Fabiene and helping them experience a NZ Xmas morning. Crackers were pulled, party hats placed on heads and jokes read from the crackers while toasting to everyone’s health and happiness.
We didn’t have any guests arriving for Christmas night – made the decision to have a night off with Mum and Dad visiting all the way from Invercargill. So once the rooms were cleaned Jan and Stephen headed into Greymouth to visit with Margaret, Stephen’s mum.
Once back home at Breakers Mum and Jan put together an antipasto platter and we all sat out on one of the picnic tables in the sunshine with yet some more sparkling wine for our Christmas lunch.
After some rest and relaxation, reading our books and maybe a little snooze…., the afternoon brought around a swim in the Tasman Sea – the water was lovely and warm although the tide was still reasonably high and the waves were quite large and strong. We didn’t venture far – just out enough to play in the waves and cool off.
Stephen and I then headed out on our bikes for a secret bike ride. I say secret as I can’t say too much about it. Unfortunately it is a ride we love but are unable to do now due to access and safety concerns. We knew it was safe to go up on Christmas day though and what a great ride. About a one hour hill-climb to be rewarded with about 10 minutes of downhill – great fun downhill though, fast, fast, fast – and the views – WOW! It really is such a shame we can’t share this ride with everyone – maybe one day in the distant future. It was incredibly hot so the climb up was very taxing but it really was worth it for the turn around trip.
Back home, showered up and time to get ready for our Christmas dinner – Chicken Elizabeth (cardamom rice and spicy chicken with melon), new season fresh potatoes, new season baby carrots and prawn kebabs cooked on the BBQ – served with Forest Estate wine and finished with chocolate marble baked cheesecake – yum, yum, yum! Yes, some of us did go back for seconds of the cheesecake…… (thank goodness for the bike ride).
The sunset was awesome and all in all it was a fabulous Christmas celebrating with family.