We will hear about their adventures,
what they experienced and the interesting people they met along the way.
I would like to start by telling you a little bit about mountain biking in Rotorua. If you arrive here unprepared, not to worry, bikes and equipment can be hired and you can then make the most of Rotorua's most spectacular natural assets. The natural beauty and stunning trails are just minutes from Rotorua's city centre. You'll be riding under towering Redwood, Eucalyptus and Radiata, not to mention all the lush New Zealand tree-ferns. You'll also be rewarded with glimpses of Rotorua's beautiful lakes, geothermal activity and, in the distance, Mount Tarawera. The forest caters to all levels and ages, so why not give it a try.
Another interesting place to visit is Mamaku Blue, just on the outskirts of Rotorua. You will discover the world of blueberries, where they have free tastings and healthy home-made blueberry lunches. There is also a Memorabilia Museum and a guided tour by appointment.
Take a drive through stunning scenery and visit the Buried Village, New Zealand's only excavated village. You can take a guided tour, visit the museum and excavated sites and hear the stories of the 1886 Tarawera eruption. The village of Te Wairoa was literally buried and the ash preserved a lot of the village, providing providing a rare insight into 19th century New Zealand life.
As for the animals at Blossom Cottage, they are thriving and, of course, getting up to no good as usual. The ducks have moved their nest countless times and sometimes we find an egg on the path or driveway, having been laid while they were taking a casual stroll around the property looking for breakfast, lunch or tea. Our female duck even laid a 'surprise egg' one day: an egg inside another egg! Apparently this is a rare find.
Max and Bindi, our donkeys, have been behaving themselves surprisingly well and are charming the guests with their big teeth and loud braying. This, I think, is in the hope of being handed a chunk of carrot or a sweet apple!
Our lambs, Luke and Dora, are growing fast and devouring their bottles of milk in a flash. One day, I put the bottles on the grass to have a quick word with Rene. When I turned around, Luke and Dora had both locked their lips on to the bottles and were drinking on their own. Talk about self-service! One sunny afternoon, they even joined in a game of football, happily kicking their heels and running around the paddocks chasing Rene and Nando ....... and the ball!
Here is an quick and easy recipe for those of you with a lack of time:
Easy Orange Cake.
Cut a washed orange into four pieces and take out the pips. Blitz the orange in a food processor, then add 3 eggs, 180 grams of melted butter, 1 cup of sugar and 1 1/2 cups of self-raising flour and blitz again. Pour into a cake tin and bake in the oven at 180 degrees for 35-50 minutes.
Dust with icing sugar, add a dollop of cream.......and eat!
Until next time,