Family Holidays At Koromiko.
Have any of you heard of Koromiko? It Is so small that when driving to Picton if you blink you'll miss it. There's not much there at all. Even the school my dad went to has closed down now because Koromiko got too small. Well that's where my gran used to live
At Christmas time there were always a lot of people in the small farmhouse because all my cousins from my dad's side of the family were there which sometimes got to about 17.
We couldn't all fit in the house so there was usually a caravan or a tent set up in the garden for the overflow. Our family always got a room in the house because we had the youngest kids like me.
As you can imagine meal times were a bit of a mission, we couldn't all fit at the table so the youngest kids sat at a picnic table out on the deck.That would be me every time.
There are a lot of things that wouldn't have happened at my house like when you went to the toilet you could only flush if it was a number 2 because the septic tank was a bit dodgy.
When we drove down the gravel driveway to get to the house we would have to wait for the cows who would be doing big sloppy poos on the side of the road. That is only if we timed it wrong and the cows were on their way to milking.
I loved the car ride up because it is 4 and a half hours of fun annoying my sisters and eating lollies. My little sister Anna would always be the one saying, are we there yet, are we there yet, can we please have some lollies now, can we please have some lollies now, and the answer would usually
no, nearly or soon.
Something I didn't like so much, was the time when I touched a feijoa. All the juice inside it came out when I squeezed it and my hands got super itchy for 20 minutes..
Every year was kind of the same. We did the same outings, to the same places, but it was great fun.
We would go over to Nelson for a day and jump into the freezing water of the Pelorous river, off a big rock. We would also go looking in all the shops. Which wasn't my favourite.
We would have a trip into the foreshore at Picton where we'd play a very competitive game of mini golf. Dad always one.
Whites Bay was another favourite day trip. We'd go boogie boarding in the waves and there was always a big family beach cricket game. Sometimes other people would join in too. They kind of had to because we took over the beach!
I would also play cricket with my cousins down on the grass closest to the house which was a good sized cricket pitch with no animals on it. Sometimes it went in the bush and I would be the one to go get it. There were prickles on the lawn so I always wore shoes.
These are just some of the memories that I've had at Koromiko.
My gran lives in Christchurch now and all my cousins are adults so I will not have holidays like these again. I'm so lucky that I've got such great memories of the holidays I had when I was a kid.