Monday, July 21, 2014

Catch up time again.

Well haven't done much over the past couple of weeks but the ear specialist visit was sucessfull. He put a telescope in my ear and I was able to see the inner of my ear. Quite spectacular and a nice pink colour. He was very happy with it. He did say he needs to go back in to check if there is any regrowth but he will do it through a tiny hole in my ear drum rather that full surgery. He wants to get it done before the end of November which is great.
So I've wandered back to Walton for a couple of days to get my COF done on the bus and grease it and get organised for a trip around Taranaki through to Palmerston North to deliver the workshop that was to have been delivered in Kaitaia.   Then who knows.......
Loving the weather, crisp and cool and there was a dusting of snow on the Kaimai Range this morning. 
So restocking on sweet chilli sauce, lemon cordial, and other bits and bobs.....then off again.

Safe travels everyone.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Safe and sound....

Well the past 48 hours were quite interesting!
I left Napier Airport on Tuesday heading for Kaitaia via Auckland.
There was a question over getting through to Kaitaia as the weather was pretty nasty. But leaving Napier where the weather was nice, I didn't realise just how ugly it was.
So flight was cancelled and I got on a flight to Whangarei and had organised with the person who had organised the workshop I was delivering that we would drive up together from Whangarei.
Well flying into Whangarei was a pretty white knuckle time, with the last 10 mins being pretty wobbly and hairy!  but safely on the ground and he plane kept rocking after we stopped, that's how bad the wind was.
So Tracey and I got into the car and headed north, only getting as far as Kawakawa when we decided we were being stupid. Got a coffee and turned around and headed back to Whangarei.
So stayed the night with my lovely sister and she took me back out to the airport to catch flight back to Auckland, but that flight was cancelled due to high winds and then she offered to drive me to Auckland,
I offered the back seats to another two heading to Auckland and so the 4 of us headed off. Had a bit of a detour around from Kaiwaka through Mangawhai and back out to SH1.
So got there in time for everyone to catch their planes....
Huge thanks to Lorna for that!
So arrived back in Napier then decided to start heading back to Auckland and got as far as Tarawera Cafe for the night. Nice park over property and apart for a bit of traffic noise very nice. Then headed over to Taupo this morning and arrived at the NZMCA property at Taupo Airport for the night.

Then off to Auckland for the medical check up on Monday.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Hastings and more….

Well it is really interesting hitting towns and meeting friends and family, nights get later and blogging goes out the window.

Anyway yesterday I did a great bike ride. Starting in Hastings, heading out to Havelock North, out to the coast via the Tuki Tuki River, along the coast to Clive and then back to Hastings. Over 35km and again a horrible slog back into a head wind!

Cycle ytrip

Still a great ride.

After a quick shower I headed out to meet up with the Romany Ramblers, Jenny and Robin. They were staying at a park over property just out of Hastings, I decided that I would stay the night to give us a great chance to catch up and we had a lovely catch up and was great to see their new caravan. It still has the lovely new caravan smell… and lovely blue led lighting! They seem to be enjoying their new van but have a couple of minor niggles with it, which is so disappointing!


I have stolen the pic off their blog!  hehehehe

Saturday was a lovely day in the bay and I headed out towards Clifton to have a look and stayed at the Te Awanga reserve. Lovely quiet spot.

Before that I have spent time at the Evers Swindell Reserve in Clive, having a bit of a kayak, bike ride and walking. Its a lovely spot beside the Clive River.

So I’m now heading into a very full and busy week. Will post again as I can.

Safe travels and keep safe everyone.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Towns, cities and relatives that really aren't

Well it has been a while since I posted here so here goes with a quick catchup.
I am currently in the Hawkes Bay, Clive to be exact today. Have been staying with the ex's step mother or rather the woman who married her dad. (I think that makes her the mother-in-law but not sure)  We get on really well and I've been parked in her driveway for the last week and enjoying some food that is not my own cooking and generally helping out.
Lorraine's husband passed away about 20 months ago and she's coping but still has her moments. I washed down the outside of the house for her on Thursday and she was very appreciative. It was a good workout for me to get rid of some of the excess food that I've been eating at her place.
I have been for a couple of great bike rides, from Clive to Te Awanga and today from Clive to just past the port in Napier. About 27km today so am feeling good!
I'll be here for another week or so as I am being flown up to Kataia to deliver a workshop on the 8th. So will fly on the 7th and return on the 8th.
It is interesting when you are with friends and in the city there is far less to write about but you end up forgetting to write anything.....I find that by the time dinner is had, dishes washed and a bit of a chat and then supper it is way past the normal bedtime and I'm too tired to blog.
So today I thought that I had better at least update where I was if nothing else.

So on the way from Wairoa I was blown away by the Mohaka Viaduct.  Quite an awesome sight. So pulled off the road and wandered back onto the road bridge to get some pics.

It was a fantastic sight!  From there I wended my way through to Lake Tutira for the night.

Had a lovely visit from the swans, noisy things that they were!
Then wandered along to Napier

Those were taken on Marine Parade and were looking in opposite directions. The rays in the east were just amazing as this was sunset in the opposite direction.

So anyway having fun here and getting loads of biking in. Might get the kayak off tomorrow but its cold and .....I don,t like being cold.
At least I know my heater works really well. Heats the bus up warm and toasty really quickly!
Right off to post this and travel safe everyone!

Monday, June 16, 2014

Moving Again

Well after a wonderful time in GIsborne, it was time to move on. I enjoyed Gisborne, even thought a lot of rain fell and I wasn’t able to get out and do much. A couple of bike rides, on that ended up with me being hailed upon and a couple of walks.

I met some lovely people and had some great chats. A lovely couple from Christchurch parked up a couple of sites from me in a lovely  KonTiki van. They were getting away from Christchurch while their home was being sorted. They are one of the boarderline streets that should have been red zoned but….So while they were here, they got a message to say that their home was now able to be sorted and the new home builder came in with a good price so hopefully they will be able to move into their new home soon. They are heading up to Auckland and the Far North for a couple of months.

So anyway yesterday (Monday) was moving day again and I headed out of GIsborne via the Truck Wash. I was hoping to put the bus through the wash and clean it up a bit but someone had damaged it over the weekend and it wasn’t working, so I moved on towards Mahia Peninsular with a quick stop at the Morere Hot Pools. As the day was pretty damn cold, overcast and yeuch I didn’t stop for long and didn’t go on the walks.

So on to Mahia, where there were some wonderful sights on the way out there.

It was interesting to see all the railway wagons, filled with concrete and turfed over the edge to try to counteract the erosion which is pretty bad along the coast there.

The day was very cold and overcast and not at all inviting, and when I found the parking place it was wet and soggy underfoot, so I decided to move on and head onwards to Wairoa. An interesting little town and i headed down to the reserve at Pilot Hill. A nice little spot.

The bar moves regularly I am told and currently it is sitting opposite me. I may take the kayak out if the weather remains good and warms up a little.

Things are a lot quieter and less strenuous over the cooler months, so not a great deal happening at the moment. The weather looks like its closing in again so might be a walk along the beach to check for surf casting possies…


Safe travels everyone

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Te Tapuwae o Rongokako Marine Reserve

It was pointed out to me that there is a Marine Reserve at Pouawa Beach and that I had caught a fish there.
The marine reserve starts at the Pouawa River and heads north, is well signposted and I was well south of there.

Pic take from the beach.
And the fish was released back into the ocean and it swam away quite healthily!

While I was wandering along the beach I came across this....

Pretty awesome sand picture!

Monday, June 9, 2014

Lovely sunny Gisborne

Well its been a lovely couple of days here in sunny Gisborne, I have been staying at a Top 10 Holiday park as the Freedom Camping Season has closed!
Anyway, its a lovely spot right by the beach at Waikanae right next to the port.
Almost every morning there is a new ship loading logs.
I went out fishing on Saturday (I think). I met a young guy who asked me where I was going and when I said I had not a clue, he told me to head out to the green channel marker and from there head up the coast, there was a reef all the way up there and there should be good fishing. There wasn’t! but had a good paddle and quiet fish for a couple of hours. Had one strike but didn’t manage to hook it.
So I have been walking around town and walked along the foreshore towards town, across the bridge and up the hill overlooking the port.
I had spoken to a lady at the Gisborne iSite about freedom camping and she had said that the season had closed. Aparently over the summer months you pay a charge for freedom camping and get a rubbish bag etc. But as it was closed, she told me that they never police it and I would be safe to go anyway. I also rang the Gisborne District Council to ask about it and she told me the same thing after umming and arring for a while….
So from Gisborne I headed up the coast for some more fishing and ended up at Pouawa Beach at the freedom camping spot. I snuck into a lovely secluded spot hidden from the road and then realised that there was a memorial set up on the edge of the beach for a young man who had lost his life there. It was this year and I wasn’t sure whether there was a tapu on the site or not of if there had been was it lifted… so I moved up the road a ways and left him in peace.
It was a lovely spot and met another couple from Gisborne who were there for the weekend and were moving off later that day.
I had a lovely walk up the beach and found a lovely high heel boot.
It was a great beach for walking.
Then I headed out for a fish, managed to launch and get back through the surf without gong over!!!
I managed to catch a fish, though not sure how….
So from there I washed down the kayak and as the day was deteriorating, I decided to do some baking, so did some date scones, afghans and banana muffins.
After that was done I took a long walk up the beach and back as far as the Pouawa River. Bit big to get across.
I tried to take a 360 panorama of the beach….
So as I was tidying up and getting ready for the afternoon, I glanced outside and low and behold I have a visitor.
The seal was sitting in a little inlet of sand and was quite vocal , not sure how it arrived but there was no tracks so I assume that it came over the grass.
It stayed a while until I moved outside to start packing up and then it wandered away and settled a few metres down the beach. I did not go anywhere near it after the story in the news from New Plymouth where the man got attached just as he walked past.
Anyway I am back in Gisborne, didn’t want to get caught up the coast in the incoming weather and it is now raining and miserable.  But I have the heater going and am warm and cozy.

Safe travels!