We had been planning a foray, off-piste to Palmerston North to purchase outdoor chairs from a large Australian chain (Bunnings) whom we rarely patronise - well, why would we send money off shore unnecessarily? But they had the only suitably comfortable chairs we had been able to find. However when we saw the even better ones at Gipsy, the trip to PN was no longer required.
A change of plan has flow on effects and requires further amendments, so we decided to abandon going to Tangimoana, which was less than an hour up the road, in favour of heading for Waverley Beach for the night.
Waverley Beach was a great place to be - we had seen it on our inaugural NZ journey back from Auckland in November.
|The view from the driver's seat - I like having a fence between me and the drop - the handbrake was firmly on and reverse gear engaged when I switched the engine off...|
|Can't get much closer to the beach than that!|
|And no one came along to share the space, so we were able to see the sunset uninterrupted!|
|Mel was ready to take over the controls, only problem is that he cannot reach the pedals ...|
|And away to the west in the evening ... I know David has a better photo of this but I am not patient enough to wait while he finds it ...|
The only downside of the night spent there was that the wind, she did blow and blow - it came up just on 7pm and proceeded to get stronger and stronger! It felt like being in a plane in moderate to strong turbulence being rocked about - albeit in a business class bed ... The feeling of being in a plane had me feeling a tad anxious - not that I thought we'd be blown over the bank, but that rocking is not a feeling I cherish.
In the morning I looked at the front windscreen thinking that we had misted up the motorhome with all the windows and hatches firmly closed for the sake of their latches. But no - it was salt, fiercely windblown!
The wind had dropped in the small hours, so on waking we went for a walk along the beach further than we had been the afternoon before and found the petrified forest in the sand. Pretty amazing.
|Sorry about the lighting on this photo - but I was shooting into the bright morning sun. David is unpacking and setting up the new chairs.|
|Bacon and toast are cooking, water for the poached eggs and tea is heating in respective vessels.|
|You know I am there because you can see my shadow ... And you know the wind has dropped because we have left the door open and the hatches up.|
|Ah yes, there I am!|
|I saw this glass cloak in the Glass Art shop in Waverley.|
|I have sent these photos to Derek and told him he NEEDS this on his wall. It is a snip at $4500 delivered and installed.|
|Now that's a mountain ...|
On we drove to Waitara where my lovely sister Dee lives in her motorhome (a giant 5th wheeler) with her husband Murray, and also where my brother lives in his smaller 5th wheeler. A BBQ for dinner - Murray cooked on theirs so ours is still ensconced in the garage. ( It will come out tomorrow for roasting pork and then cooking stuffed capsicums and portobello mushrooms as well as salmon steaks.)
|This plaque is on a rock by the waterfront pathway. Let's use lots more plastic bags in this way!|
Today we are picking Kirsty up from the airport at New Plymouth and then heading to Opunake (hopefully we will arrive in time to go to the Christmas Parade) - Tim, Dana and the boys arrived yesterday and Xmas Day is at Tim's Opunake place.
As always, the weather has turned just before Xmas and we were treated to a fair amount of rain overnight last night but the sun is coming out now and I think it's going to get hot again! I hope the rain was enough to allay the fear of ongoing drought in the farming community's mind. I am happy if it rains at night and is fine and sunny in the day time - just in case my wishes have any impact on what the weather decides to do!