In my house this year Christmas has been spelled C H O C O L A T E !!!
Look, here's the proof.
Lake Taupo for a holiday over Christmas weekend and had a great time with beautiful weather. Our hotel provided a delicious dinner on Christmas night with really good Christmas crackers. Look what came out, with a bang, a hat and a crazy joke.
The civic authorities had realized that people like me come to visit with library bags stuffed full of books so provided an armchair and a lamp at this superb lookout spot. Fun! But it wasn't comfortable - the mosaic was so very very hot to sit on.
We also travelled down the eastern side of the lake and found a less exotic lookout point at which we had a picnic lunch. We could see Mt Ruapehu across the water, still wearing its snowy cap.
Back soon - it's dinner time now.