I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas! After a "by-the-skin-of-our-teeth" departure from San Francisco thanks to the weather, we made it to New Zealand and had a fab Christmas with our families. We've spent the past ten days catching up with extended family and our friends - which has been wonderful. And now we are quietly ensconced in the tiny piece of paradise that is Takou River. Tucked away from everything, surrounded by lush native gardens and bush, with an abundance of bird life - it is truly sublime. I hope you all have a wonderful New Year, and I will be back in the coming week.