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Patty and Sam were in Wellington for a week or so for a Hay family celebration and spent some time with us. I took them to Zealandia and drove them all around as we visited people and places. We visited Sue at the Island Bay home of Compassion and had a walk around which included a look at the large allotment style garden hidden out the back.

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A posing Kaka at Zealandia.

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Patty & Sue at the secret allotment.

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Sneaky photo.

While Patty and Sam were celebrating with the family Hay Keryn and I were joined by Catherine for an evening trip out to Daisy Bank farm near Martinborough. The More FM Summer Vineyard Tour featured the John Butler Trio, Aloe Blacc & the Grand Scheme, Tiki Taane and Annabel Fay. It would have been a lovely evening if there hadn’t have been a cool breeze taking the temperature down below expected summer levels but the music was good and the whole event had a nice chilled atmosphere. There was also a caravan stall selling South American styled food, empanadas and fresh grilled churrasco beat stodgy burgers and chips every day.

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The John Butler Trio at Daisy Bank Farm.

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Evening at Daisy Bank Farm.

And going back a few weeks my parents were staying so I was also driving around with them. We went out to Makara and checking out the now publicly accessible West Wind Project. It was Dad’s birthday that week and there was cake and a small family get together at Catherine and Paul’s recently purchased Newtown home (plus visited Petone which I wrote about previously here.

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The view north from the West Wind carpark.

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And the view South.

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Newtown Birthday celebration.

This coming week we’ve got Paul, Jen and Mathilde visiting from Brisbane and then we all go back over to the Wairarapa for the wonderful (it will be, trust me) Wedding of Sam and Jules at Pounui Homestead. It’s going to be a full on but fun weekend ahead.

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