We actually did manage to escape the UK winter this year, for 3.5 weeks in fact (I have no right to complain do I?). We went home to NZ for Christmas and my brother-in-law's wedding. 3.5 weeks spent hanging with our favourite people and surrounded by so much love (and sunshine!), it doesn't get much better than that does it?
I took these photos of Pohutukawa trees on a walk around Mt Maunganui the first day we arrived back in NZ. At Christmas time the Pohutukawa tree's bright red flowers burst open, which is why it is known as New Zealand's Christmas tree.