Easter Sunday

Our escape plans have been shattered by rain in the morning, and although it was easing soon we had a slow start into the day which included hanging out on the couch, brunching and finishing another dragon. When the clock said: 11! it occurred to me that “The” Mapua Easter Fair – was today ……

 

Happy Easter!

Unlike Christmas, which was kind of … hot to have in the middle of summertime, Easter feels utterly wrong in Autumn. Couldn’t say why, is it the symbolism, the missing flowers and spring air about it? Or the fact that most people don’t seem to care about the religious side of the holidays – not…

 

Sunrise Morning Walk at Sandspit

It’s twilight-ish and cool in the mornings, very autumnally. Temperature is not falling drastically, during the day, the sun is still shining strong and we’re wearing shirts and shorts. Indicators are increasing just slightly but more every passing week. At school everybody is preparing for the Autumn Fair at April 6th and the term 1…

 

Takaka

Can’t get tired of this charming little hippie town, it’s beautiful Pohara Beach :)  

 

Motueka Inlet Circuit

After almost a year, there still are some places where we have never seen, like the Inlet Walk. If we haven’t had a date at the rec center, we’ve never found the starting point at the community gardens. Btw, it’s a much nicer thing to do at high (or at least medium) tide, can be…

 

Our Garden

The plants have changed rapidly now that the nights are cooler: The lupins are definitly done now, making place for chrysants. Our kitchen garden has developed cabbage, brokkoli and cauliflower, which is edible after removing all the animals that live on it :) But the most beautiful are the flowers that haven’t been planted, the…

 

School was the best of today

When the kids go to bed, we tell each other what was the best and the worst of the day. To our surprise, Anna mentioned that school was very good today. The inital troubles she had vanished and now she’s well accepted and has a very best friend at school. A girl who arrived in…

 

Kaihoka Beach

From the southwestern to the northern part of the inlet: The Sunday afternoon led us to the Kaihoka Lakes, dunes and beach. The amount of private land and density of “no entry” signs is remarkable in this area, maybe because of individualistic tourists looking for the beach (which is free to walk by everybody) (if…

 

Mangarakau swamp, Anatori Beach and Cowin Rd

An evening without any television (the accomodation contains none) and no chocolate/sweets whatsoever (nothing left, the muesli bars had to stay for Sunday) – we slept very well and were awake early. The short pre breakfast walk did start us well into the day :) Bravely, we were following the street to the southwest, until…

 

Wetland View Park

After spending almost 8 months in NZ, sleeping in many different types of accomodations during our road trips, I was almost about to blog about the really horrible motel standards in this country. We haven’t seen any motel that we would call ‘awesome’ or even “very good” so far. Most of the motels (no matter which…

 
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