Today dawned crisp and clear. A gorgeous day - you'd hardly believe it's meant to be winter here.
Our great pal Yazzy was over for a play and we thought we'd get out and make the most of the fabulous weather with a walk; you know - get out into nature, get some fresh air, exercise, see the beauty that nature offers...
Where did we head to? Miles into the country? Nope, Oakley Creek - right at the bottom of our street.
Yes, this gorgeous reserve is located in the middle of Auckland, at the end of our road, complete with native bush, ducks, eels and a 30ft waterfall.
We are so blessed to have this retreat from the suburbs right on our doorstep. And so relieved that the government have ditched plans to bulldoze through it with a motorway.
Lately I have started to come here more often. It's amazing. Once you get below the treeline it's like you're in another world. No traffic noise, just the soothing sound of water gurgling over rocks. Ahhhhh, bliss.
OK, so slightly less peaceful dragging three kids and a baby in a rattley pushcar. But still - how spoilt are we to have this oasis right on our doorstep?
Man I love where I live!
(What do you love about where you live?)