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Saturday, May 28, 2016

Leaving Auckland and onto Mt Maunganui

Hello again from NZ here is our nightly weather guy showing us rain is sure happening 

Do any of you watch Neil Oliver's Coast series?

Well incredibly while us here he was doing NZ ☺☺

a sample of haka was shown https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haka and if into Rugby would have seen there too ☺

Neil Oliver

He even did sand boarding lol

on our last day for now in Auckland stopped to check this Trex out lol

a bit of silly fun.....look Rex I am hugging T Rex ☺

and as we said goodbye to Dad got a shot of Paul as a young boy.......

and this beauty his 21st birthday with his Mum and Dad πŸ’™

well we are now in Mt Maunganui and yesterday (Friday) weather pleasant and looking out from our verandah nice

beach across the road but as it is almost winter don't think we will swim there 


small zoom to beach

and for the Woody followers, he is happy to be here again.....woody out and about    woody and hobbiton  
Today wet and cool so a bit of a rest day......should help my leg knee.....been putting on tiger balm and taking osteo panadol and keeping up the walking but today rest lol
xxxxoooo to you all

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Visiting Auckland and around

Hello!!!!  I finally finished that sock.....only took 3+ months lol

I have cast on its partner and wish me luck......

The day before we headed for Auckland we went on the car Ferry to Russel which we have visited a few times over the years and have also caught passenger ferrys πŸ˜€πŸ˜€

blog won't let me add link but no worries

Paul filming the ride 

We went to Auckland and this part of our trip was to visit Paul's dad again and help him with stuff....and of course we have to eat and this was a naked burrito our low carb option.....

and of course I loved this skull at our table lol

Mine mixed up with lots of jalapeΓ±os yum.....

We have rented for 1 week this apartment for 2 lounge

Kitchen

Television lounge 

lucky to have washing machine combined with dryer

bathroom 

yep bedroom 

our hire car outside the bedroom.....neat place and simple

Another low carb meal cooked by us.....little soy on pork chop...cauli/broccoli bake and roasted radishes just like mini roast spuds πŸ˜€πŸ˜€

oh and watching yet again lord of the rings lol

last night mexican burgers with simple salad ☺

Today I was in the back seat with Woody while we headed out....

we had Terrence Paul's dad

Paul driving in busy Auckland traffic

father and son lol

me the back seat driver lol

this is what we bought for Terrence to help him get around safer......we hope

it folds up neatly and can walk down narrow areas

Long time friend of Dad and son Maurice with his beanie on....

then he wanted a pic with no beanie lol ......looking good Maurice

Father son and friend.....Dad is very tall ☺

and me wearing my batman hoodie and feeling warm.....thank you Sarah xoxoxo
love and hello to you all out there......let's  hope Dad does use his wheelie.....
we will be checking on him many times before back in Oz xxxooo

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Playing tourist at Bay of Islands

We have been doing quite a bit of driving out and about in this beautiful area and stopped at this lake Waro scenic reserve which was popular with locals.....please forgive the messiness of this post but thanks to google pics photos from my camera are out of whack and doing this on my tablet......eek

anyway....got lots of good photos ☺

Woody enjoys going for car trips


trunk of a beautiful kauri tree


Plenty of walking has been done

one of many falls we have seen



good bridges to walk across......no swinging ones 

pretty neat and there is a guy about to go swimming on the right

zoom snap

waterfall selfie lol


looking back over to Stonehouse The_Stone_Store. Info



Pa originally a fortified village

view from the other side 

you use to be able to walk across here but now water flows more

the roosters still thrive here lol


looking back past the stone store across the huge park

and yep zoomed in on a rooster

another day out and this road had moss growing.....no sun shining due to wonderful trees ☺

more walking and must say my right knee has played up with crack noise every 2nd step.......

moving as fast as I can lol

look Sarah a neat sign for you ☺


smaller kauri trees here



beautiful old mossy trunk




we gave been lucky with great weather to allow us to do the walks 



stopped at this lovely bay for picnic lunch



more stunning falls


looking across from one side to the other view platforms 


loud water falling


there he walks again lol


due to rental car no driving for us

driving along and lovely ocean view of Tasman sea


I do love the sea

plenty of tyre marks on the sand

trying to take a good photo

we then ended up on the Pacific ocean side of nz for bbq snag lunch......took an hour to cook them due to heaps of wind lol



still cooking lol

stopped at a tourist info place and got this bag ☺

and here is our view for this week......

working on another sock in 4ply....

and the rain earlier today now sunny again...

and an interesting sign.....

I don't plan on escaping over this balcony with that ladder....would be hideous...
well hope i make sense on this post as it sure is different typing with one finger unlike touch typing  on keyboard at home....thanks for dropping in and saying hi xxoo