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Jean and I took our last vacation before becoming parents to Vanuatu, a place that before our trip was only a vaguely familiar word. It is a Pacific Island nation, known as New Hebrides before independence, northeast of Australia and almost due north from here in Oamaru, enough to have a much warmer climate. We stayed at a small resort outside the capital Port Vila. We took it pretty easy and did not see too much of the country which includes many islands. The food was very good with plenty of fresh fruit and fish, which we also saw at the market one day we went in to Port Vila. We took a kayak out in the lagoon most days and paddled out to a deserted island for some exploring and snorkeling.

Back in Oamaru it is spring and lambing season. On my run yesterday so many little lambs were sunning in the grass. It’s nice to be coming through winter.

Enjoying the escape from winter

Escape to Sydney

Jean and I just returned from our first trip out of the country since arriving in New Zealand in December. Even though it is technically also winter in Sydney we enjoyed a real respite from the cold, wind, and brief snow we’ve seen here. It was near 20 Celsius almost everyday with sunny skies and a light breeze. Downright hot at the beach. Five nights in Sydney and a one night trip up to Canberra to visit family and take in a footy match.