We had a lovely time at Waitarere Beach, in a bach (seaside holiday home) big enough for two families of three.
Expecting foul weather, we packed warm clothes, raincoats and enough board games to hold a convention.
But there was plenty of sun, enough to allow trips to the beach itself, walks to the playgound, and outside play on the back lawn. TLM and her friend had a go too.
There were swelter-y moments which convinced me to forget about propriety and just roll up my jeans and sleeves and show the world my manly hiking shoes - just for the sake of getting some airflow about the limbs.
I have no photos, alas. Because we were all there to relax and I was just too relaxed to get out my phone and take any.
I did learn something though. I learned that if I leave my fully-charged phone on for two days without using it at all (except maybe twice to check the time), it will go utterly flat.