Kids Love Me

Trip Start Dec 16, 2009
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Saturday, February 6, 2010

After an evening of Kava, we all woke up early on Saturday morning to road trip it to New Plymouth. I would be leaving in a couple of days, so it was our last chance to all do something together.

Isobelle has grown to like me. Actually, she's been devising a plan to kill Brianna so she can marry me. I mentioned she's nine, right?

And like any nine year old with a crush, she likes to kick me, call me a loser, and prove to me I'm wrong wrong wrong about everything.  Ah, love...

She really does like me, and we do play tag and hide and seek. Nigel and Narinder were saying that she was going to be really sad when I left, so this was a good road trip to spend time with everyone.

Our first stop was a lavender farm owned by their friends Peter and Barbara, who are originally from Switzerland.

By trade, Peter is a draftsman and Barbara is a teacher at Nigel & Narinder's school. But for the last three years, they have been growing lavender and making their owh soaps, lotions and extract for drinks. They have gotten quite a following, and now offer tours of their farm.

They also grow calendula, lemon verbana and other kinds of herbs which can be used for products. Their goal is to do this business full-time, and if things continue to go the way they are, they will be doing only that very soon.

We walked around the farm, taking in all the amazing fragrances, and learning about the different types of lavender which is used for different kinds of products. We then drank lavender extract mixed with soda water and it was delicious.
 
After about an hour or so, we said goodbye. We drove up the coastal route to New Plymouth which was a bit disappointing because it's not really along the coast. We saw the water for, like, 45 seconds.  But at least it added an hour to the trip :-(

New Plymouth itself is really pretty.It feels like a big small town, with shops and cafés lining the main street. There's also a huge park in the middle of town with waterfalls, a lake, playgrounds, big green lawns, a band shell with a moat around it...  It was really lovely.

Isobelle had a great time running around the park, and that evening was the last evening of The Festival of Lights, where the trees and fountains are lit up with different colored lights.

We only spent one night there, and drove back on Sunday, but it was really nice. We passed Mount Taranaki both going and coming. Mount Taranki is a volcano, which, if it erupted... Bye bye New Plymouth.
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Mary on

That picture of the lavender field was so excruciatingly beautiful.

Stephanie. on

Haha... It's nice to see that your collection of people flipping off your camera is off to a good start! =)

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