Monday, August 18, 2014

Heavy heart

It is with a heavy heart that I write this post from Martin as I get ready to fly back to Whangarei to support my sister Lorna Grose and her family after the unexpected and tragic death of her husband Gary early this morning.

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That pic is Gary and his daughter Tracy at her wedding.

Gary has been in a wheelchair for many years after an accident involving a truck, a concrete slab and Gary. He had been in hospital for some adjustments and unfortunately had a bad turn and did not survive.

My heart goes out to my sister Lorna as this will be a very difficult time for her, even though the wider family is rallying around to support them all.

((((((((((((((((((((((hugs))))))))))))))) to Lorna, Tony, David and Tracy at this time.

I will be offline for a week or so as I head up to support them at this sad time.

Please travel safely everyone.

Uncle Fredrock.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Whanganui

After a glorious sunset last evening

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which I really didn’t manage to get successfully, and a quite chilly night, I left Waiinu Beach and headed down to Kai Iwi for a look see…

It is very interesting coming across a second place with the same name. For me Kai Iwi will be the lakes north of Dargaville. This was an interesting beach with a couple of rivers/streams either side, making for some nice views.

Decided to move on and headed through to Whanganui. I stopped at the Bridgestone tyre place to check on new front tyres and an alignment as the CoF guy said that they would need replacing soon. The good ones will cost me $1300 each…..*sighs* but we are not going that high.

So tomorrow booked in for two new tyres and an alignment.

Just had a cuppa with a friend that I haven’t seen since intermediate school sometime in the 70’s and it was great to catch up while I’m here in Whanganui.

Nice being here even though it is a Motorhome Friendly Town, there is some interesting signage…

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It depends on who you talk to as to exactly what these signs mean. I believe the ladies from the iSite who believe that it is campervans and motorhomes only parked for a max of 60 mins. But the parks have been full for most of the day with cars…  go figure!

But the beauty of Whanganui is that you can freedom camp anywhere you like around the town if you are self contained.

So safe travels and see what tomorrow brings…mmm bike ride, kayak or walk??

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Meeting Wildlife and Canadians

Not necessarily in that order….

After arriving at Waiinu Beach and setting up camp, I decided to take a walk along the reserve in a southerly direction as there was a bit of a headland that looked like it would be a great vantage point.

It was and the day was lovely so I headed back to have a bit of lunch and then head in a northerly direction as see if the rumours of a whale washed up on the beach were true.

As I was leaving there was a couple outside enjoying the view, they were leaning against their car and as I headed out they came over and asked me about the Fredrock Cafe. They have just bought a campervan and were keen to talk about the hows, whys and other things. They are a lovely couple, Noel and Suzanne

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who hail from Canada, but have been out here for 12 years and are living in Palmerston  North and they have just got their ‘book’ from the NZMCA and were scoping out the places to come and stay when they took possession of their campervan. We chatted for quite a while and I gave them the grand tour of the Fredrock Cafe. They have been on the motorhome forum and have been very grateful for all the wonderful advice that is available there. If you see them out there on the road please say hi and make them feel welcome to our motor homing community as I know you all will anyway!

So after bidding Noel and Suzanne safe travels, I headed off up the beach to see if I could find a whale. On the way I came across some interesting things….

Finally after about an hour and a half I finally came across the whale unfortunately…

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Not overly large but quite big enough. About 4 metres in length. Looked like it had not been there very long at all.

So after a further 15 mins walk up the beach I turned and headed back to camp.

On the way back the tide had dropped and revealed a spring bubbling up out of the sand. Quite interesting patterns on the beach.

Also met my little friend again, this time on a log…

Then I spied something that I never imagined that I would see on the beach…

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Unfortunately it too was dead.

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This little fellow wasn’t though and he/she was fast! I was lucky to get him/her when it paused. I believe it to be a Banded Dotterel or Tuturiwhatu.

So after about 3 1/2 hours of walking I arrived back at the bus, very grateful to be back as the temperature had started to fall quite rapidly because the sun had gone behind the clouds.

So another day over and a lovely one it was. I look forward to seeing what tomorrow brings….

Safe travels everyone

Friday, August 15, 2014

Sunset over Waverley Beach……

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This was last night looking down towards Long Beach after I had finished an awesome walk along the beach with Barry, a long term resident of the campground. He spends winter here and then heads inland for the shearing season.
So what we saw as the sun set….
Looking in the other direction was interesting as the sun sank lower in the sky….
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Our shadows got longer and longer……
The walk itself was very interesting starting with the one in the morning from Long Beach around the corner to Cave Beach.
It was interesting to see the destruction wrought by Mother Nature on the cliffs and to see the way it is weathering.
The walk along Long Beach was every bit as interesting but for different reasons…
The colours in the rocks and cliffs were fascinating and the colours are pretty close to what they really were. The foam doesn’t look as good in the pics as it really looked like icebergs sitting on the beach…..
So from there this morning I headed back to Waverley to pay my fees at the library and had a lovely chat with the librarian there. She is fascinated by the lifestyle and is keen to do it herself.
After checking the 'book' it looks like I should have called it Wairoa Beach....but all the signs say Waverley Beach....go figure!
From there I headed down SH 3 and turned off at a lovely little village called  Waitotara, which has some lovely old buildings which look like they have been repurposed into houses. Headed out to the coast and am currently in a lovely spot called Waiinu Beach.
Believe it of not there are three other vehicles behind the Fredrick Cafe… two house busses and a campervan.
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It appears that there are those strange things called children over there… so will be keeping my distance!
Depending on the weather I may be here for a few days…
Safe travels everyone.