|Mairangi Bay beachfront|
|Long Bay's infamous Flying Fox|
Auckland Anniversary was a neat long weekend break that was needed to break the monotony of work starting again with days before school starts for many families with the monies needed for school lunches, uniforms, bus/train tickets, stationery, school trips, after school activities and sports clubs etc.
Last week we went to two beaches in a day on the East coast with Mairangi bay and it's picturesque view with Rangitoto Mountain in the background and then later to Long Bay just a few minutes drive away with it's neat park for kids to play on.
Add to that a dip in the local pools from the scorching sun and a chocolate dipped ice cream from that Multi-national company with the golden arches and "Bob's your uncle" an expression of delight for those who are unfamiliar with that English saying.
Needless to say that this summer has been quite neat for those of us who like the tropical sun but for those who don't - it's been quite exhaustive and it's been said that this summer is the hottest we have ever had on record (or since the records have been kept).
But not to worry, as I've figured that we only get summer for 3 months of the year and only a few weeks of full sunshine but the rest is pretty much cold, colder and coldest during our deep winters and with Autumn just over the horizon it won't be long before we're jumping back into our winter woollies but until that time, I'm going to enjoy my time in the sun...