Monday, February 20, 2017

Seagulls and Sea eggs

Another walk around the Mount (Mauao) today, so nice to get out in the fresh air and I spotted this gull sitting on a rock drying out after the rain.

And this one that I found on a rock after climbing down onto the beach from the path. It's the remains of a sea egg or as we commonly call it Kina.

Linking up with Our World Tuesday and Macro Monday :-)

Friday, February 17, 2017

End of the Summer drought

I'm pleased to say that since yesterday morning it's been raining. NZ has been going through quite a severe drought. Over Summer it was very very dry, grass was brown, people around the country were running out of water, everything needed replenishing. This is the view from the front driveway of our apartment. I can't see Mount Maunganui in the distance because of the rain but it's good to see everything wet.

The new apartments being built next door are coming along, it's a pity they are so close to us but we knew when we first moved in here that they were going to be built.

But at least the geraniums and daisies in my plant pots on the deck are enjoying being fed by the raindrops.

More Skywatch Fridays here :-)

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Pony rides at Mount Drury

Over the school holidays, which were in early January we were on holiday for 2 weeks and over that time we went for walks just about every day. While walking past Mount Drury one hot Summer's day there were quite a few activities set up for the kids, one of which was Pony rides.  It looked very popular.

Linking up with Wordless Wednesday and Wednesday around the World :-)

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Walk around the Mount (Mauao) this morning

Day 1 of being unemployed: this morning after the other half had gone to work I decided to walk around the Mount (Mauao). It's roughly a 3km walk - beautiful views along the way, very popular.

This is what the track is like all the way around - some ups and some downs.

The statue out on the edge of the rocks symbolizes Tangaroa (God of the Sea) along with swimmers in the water nearby.

Can you see this little guy? It's a California Quail - tiny as it is, he was wandering through the native shrubbery with a friend.

I had to stop here and there and take photos of the amazing scenery - this one is of a beacon out on the edge of  some rocks.

Why wouldn't you want to stop and relax with views like this? As you can see everything looks quite dry, the country is in drought mode at the moment so everyone is hoping for some rain.

And funnily enough sheep on the mount pretty much graze where they want - lucky there are gates to keep them in that people need to keep shut.

More Our World Tuesdays here :-)

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Last time I will see this view...

Yesterday was my last day at my job, I've been there for just over a year working as a dental assistant for a dentist. The business was sold just before Christmas to a new owner and unfortunately myself and 2 other members of staff were let go. I could look at it negatively, but I've been involved in the dental industry for 5 years now and I think it's time for something new so for me it's a good thing.

Anyway this view is from one of the surgery windows into the front yard and carpark with reflections seen in the windows of the Bay of Plenty Times (local newspaper).

More Weekend Reflections here :-)


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