Monday, January 23, 2017

Swells after the storm


We had a bit of a humdinger of a storm in the weekend and the morning after we ventured down to the beach that had washed up.


With loads of surf waves and rips in the ocean these signs warning people of the dangers of swimming in this weather were dotted along the beach.


We found loads of seagrass on the sand being pushed by the fierce wind and a few crabs here and there but mostly seaweed and broken shells.


Linking up with Our World Tuesday for this one :-)

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Busking with Merino Possum Fur


Last weekend we were walking around town with my daughter in the hope of helping her find a part time or full time job, while we waited for her to catch up we sat down to rest and this guy was busking in front of us. Actually the rock music he was playing was pretty good :-)

More Weekend Reflections here.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Whats happening in Mount Maunganui?


We're awaiting some bad weather coming from west of NZ so in the meantime I thought I'd share some photos I've taken over Summer. I have a fascination with patterns and textures on shells especially tiny ones like the one above.


Surf lessons near Leisure island - I use to want to learn to surf, these days I figure I'm not young anymore and prefer to see others doing it.


This equipment was set up near the main beach - it's apparently a bungy jump for kids and teenagers. All I know is that you wouldn't get me on it...


Lots of action in the water - this guy paddleboarding on the waves looked like he was enjoying himself.


And pony rides for the kids at Mount Drury. What's happening in your part of the world?

Monday, January 16, 2017

Strawberry picking at Somerfield Berry Farm


Sunday morning we made the spur of the moment decision to find out where there was a local farm where we could pick fresh Strawberries. We ended up finding Somerfield Berry Farms over in Oropi which is about a good 20 minutes away. 


Out in the country the driveway down was past sheds and kiwifruit orchards lined with various types of pretty colourful roses.



We spent probably 45 minutes there looking through the patches trying to find some that weren't small and in the end we came out with 1.4kgs and ended up paying just on $13 which is pretty good for this part of NZ.


The end result - don't they look pretty darn good? Gotta love Summer fruit.

Linking up with Our World Tuesday :-)

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Wairere Falls - Kaimai Forest


Last weekend as part of our holiday relaxation we decided to give the Wairere Falls track a go. This spot is an absolute gem and isn't very far away from where we live. There are 2 walks, the one we completed was 45 minutes long and took us to the platform where we could see the main waterfall, the other one was 90 minutes long and takes people to the top of the summit. As you can see from the photo above this is roughly where we first started.


On the way through this is the sort of scenery we saw, it was pretty neat to see quite a few families with children doing the same walk as us - good that people are outside getting exercise in the awesome Summer weather we've had.


While standing on the first bridge this was what we saw below us, one of the many smaller waterfalls on the way up which was coming out the other side.


I happened to look over and see someone had probably very carefully climbed down the rock ledges and made this kind of pebble statue - kinda cool I think.




Along the way the paths were fairly level - a wee bit of up and down and a bit windy but mostly even until the last 10 minutes when the stairs went straight onto an upright angle.


Once we reached the end of the 45 minute walk this is the view we saw - pretty stunning I think and well worth the effort.

One for Weekend Reflections :-)

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