Narrowboat AREandARE

From the 2009 & 2010 tantalising tales, traumas and stunning photographs of Barry (photographer) and Sandra (writer) from New Zealand aboard NB 'Northern Pride', to the stories of their 2013 return journey, purchase of 'AREandARE', progress on sustaining their live aboard continuous cruiser lifestyle, and Barry's quest to gain residency and 'Indefinite Leave to Remain' in UK ...

Friday 1 January 2010

Wainui wedding and welcome 2010

Happy New Year to everyone reading the blog - we hope you had a wicked xmas and that 2010 brings you all oodles of love and happiness.

Sunset Hospital Hill

An amazing sunset over Gisborne, just before xmas , seen from the hill where we live

Talking of love and happiness, Barry and I are now legally married - yaay!  We had another perfect day on 22nd December, this time on the beach at Wainui in Gisborne, New Zealand.  Although Barry had convinced himself that the weather would be awful as we'd had such a glorious day in England at the end of September (and was ready to laugh because I'm always harping on about the wonderful weather here!), it luckily (for him!) turned out to be beautiful. 

The roof of Northern Pride was a magical wedding setting in September, but for me Wainui Beach was truly a wedding in paradise ...


Ceremony on the beach (there were lots of guests, honest!) - the theme for this wedding was paua shells and sunflowers - two of Sandra's passions, Barry of course being the main one!

DSC_3820  Meandering to the Surf Club, a 10 minute walk from the wedding setting


 A barefoot affair, typical kiwi style!


A few more guests than the first wedding!

My youngest daughter Kim and her partner Joe are still with us in New Zealand, as is my friend Arlene.  Unfortunately they return to England and the cold next week. 

We're now on a countdown to saving madly to return to England around May time, but the wedding was certainly a lot more expensive this time so we have a way to go!  We're determined to get back to the canals and Northern Pride for 4 to 6 months though, and we will find a way ...

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