It is getting lighter earlier in the mornings now. This was taken at 5:45 am. Now, less than half an hour later we are blanketed in thick fog….
I just had to share this morning’s sunrise. What a spectacular start to the week!
Have a happy day.
I went to work early yesterday morning as I was going to pick Luke up and take him to his swimming lesson. This was the dawn that greeted me at work…
No Friday funnies this week as haven’t heard from Grumps. I guess that he is busy with his many grandchildren.
Before Covid kicked off, we went up north for a family holiday. While we were based in Paihia, we stopped at Waipu on our way home. It is where my grandmother came from, and there’s quite a bit of Mackay family history in the local museum. It’s a beautiful spot, as is the nearby beach of Ruakaka. We went there for a wedding some years ago and have always intended to return.
I found this article on my newsfeed this morning and thought it would be nice to share a little more of our beautiful New Zealand countryside with you. https://www.nzherald.co.nz/travel/go-nz-what-to-do-in-bream-bay-northland-in-winter/LESQYGYFPOC5WLUSH6DZBGUB2M/
Finally, here are some of the photos from our few days in Wellington last month. We travelled both ways by train which is an extremely relaxing way to travel. We didn’t get many photos on the way down as it rained quite heavily most of the way, but we were extremely lucky with the weather while we were there. It was raining again when we left Wellington, but cleared about an hour into our journey home.
This was the view from our hotel room balcony. We could see from Oriental Bay, to our right, the marina was immediately in front of us, and the port off to our left. So there was always something to watch as we sat on the balcony and and rested our weary feet in the late afternoon.
These are some of the lovely old homes that line Oriental Parade in Oriental Bay.
Situated on the hill above Oriental Bay, Saint Gerard’s Monastery and Church, built in 1932 and 1908 respectively, are considered a historic landmark. After 113 years, St Gerard’s Church held its final mass at the end of May. It closed over “safety concerns” but the fate of the buildings remains unclear.
The Wellington Cable Car is a funicular railway in Wellington, New Zealand, between Lambton Quay, the main shopping street, and Kelburn, a suburb in the hills overlooking the central city, rising 120 m (394 ft) over a length of 612 m (2,008 ft).
There are a number of viaducts spanning the rivers between Te Kuiti and Wellington. This photo was taken from one in the Manawatu.
New Zealand farmland.
Home to three active volcanic mountains, and iconic and majestic landscapes, Tongariro National Park has attracted adventurers of all ages since 1887. This is Mount Ruapehu.
The main reason for doing this train trip was to travel the Raurimu Spiral, which my grandfather worked on when he first came to Te Kuiti as a young man.
The only way of really appreciating the engineering excellence and sinuous beauty of the Raurimu spiral is to see it from the air. The spiral was devised by Department of Public Works engineer Robert Holmes in 1898. His design was a clever solution to a major problem – the land between between Raurimu and National Park dropped significantly and was too steep for a train to travel along directly. Holmes’s spiral increased the distance between these two locations to by employing sweeping curves and tunnels, which allowed the railway track to follow a manageable incline. It was constructed between 1905 and 1908. The Historic Places Trust registered the spiral as a category one historic place in 2005. (Te Ara, Govt. New Zealand)
My next mission is to view it from the air.
Thank you for sharing my journey.
Because I haven’t had time to write a post today – I have been looking after my grandson who had finally succumbed to the stomach bug doing the rounds at daycare – I am going to share with you some more beautiful New Zealand scenery, accompanied by some Maori lore and legend. Just click on the link and enjoy.
Last year I posted when we drove to the small coastal settlement of Awakino for lunch, and spoke about it being the last time that I would pass through the Awakino tunnel. Although it is not a big tunnel, the children always loved the echo of the car horn as we passed through it.
I have attached a link to an article about the closure of the tunnel and the opening of the new bypass. There are some beautiful photos for those of you wanting some more New Zealand scenery.
I had to go through to Hamilton today so thought I would share some of the lovely lush Waikato countryside with you.
The Waikato is a strong dairy farming area. A lot of farms that were sheep farms have, in recent years, been converted to dairy. It’s very unusual to see sheep outside steep hill country now.
Down here, in the Southern hemisphere, it’s fall or, as we call it, autumn. So I would like to share the changing colours that I can see from my deck today.
I hope all of you in the Northern Hemisphere are enjoying your spring. My garden seems to have lost track of the seasons – I have a jonquil blooming! (In amongst the weeds – I plan to tackle them today.)
And a few of the back garden:
Have a wonderful weekend everyone!