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One of the many wonderful aspects of a vacation is being able to reminisce and remember it – and it is especially wonderful when it involves envisioning a beach while there is snow on the ground outside.

I was transported back in time, to the warm and sunny days on Front Beach, a short ferry ride across the Estuary from Whitianga, where our family spent many summer holidays.

It has been a long time since my Mums Uncle lived right on the beach, and it was great to revisit a place I have so many wonderful memories of!! Not only the short ride on the ferry, but the walk over the hill, the dairy where we would sometimes buy a cool drink or ice-cream, the first glimpse of the beautiful ocean, the rope swing that always terrified me, the shelly sand, devonshire tea and crafts at what used to be a cafe, picnics complete with bacon and egg pie, and in more recent times, meals at the Eggscentric Cafe, in Flaxmill Bay – a short walk from Front Beach.

My daughter isn't as terrified of the rope swing as I used to be!

My daughter isn’t as terrified of the rope swing as I used to be!

The Eggsentric Cafe (http://www.eggsentriccafe.co.nz/menu.html) opened in 1998, and is a feast for all the senses. Not only due to the excellent and innovative food, and cleverly placed art throughout the garden and hanging on walls, but also because of the regularly scheduled live music. We sat outside, soaking in the charming atmosphere and the sun, and enjoying the deliciousness of it all.

The sign outside the Eggsentric Cafe

The sign outside the Eggsentric Cafe