Phones can take such good photos these days and they're just so convenient to use, being small they fit in a pocket or your handbag. They certainly are a lot less cumbersome than my big camera, however I do have a good camera and it seems criminal not t use it more than I do,especially when I'm getting a new wide angle lens for my birthday this week. I'm trying to not rely on the Auto setting too much, Auto is perfectly fine when you need to take a shot quickly but as I've had some time on my hands I've been using the manual setting. Just a few photos taken in the last week....
Apologies once again for the lack of posts, our visitors left in January and since then I've been rather out of sorts. Last year was very full on, with the build up to the wedding and what followed, I think I crashed and burned when it was all over, summer has been in full swing and as much as I love the sun it's been really too hot to do too much and my enthusiasm ran low. Hopefully I'm back on track. For this post I'll share some photos of our trip North with Liz and Pat before they went home. I'll add a link to the Facebook album if you wish to see more. So here we go........ This was a bit of a whistle stop tour just to give Liz & Pat a taste of the North, it's such a beautiful place and should be on everyones to do list when they come to NZ.
A hearty breakfast in Warkworth
After we stopped for breakfast in Warkworth we took a detour off the main road to Marsden Point, a really pretty place with some luxury homes with access to water at the bottom of their garden! Nice but rather contrived for me.............
....plus there's Marsden point oil refinery just across the bay, not sure I'd want that on my doorstep to be honest. But then I have a car so it has to go somewhere I suppose We called here because Joe has worked at the refinery in the past.
We had intended to have lunch at Whangarei but we were still full from our breakfast, we looked around anyway before carrying on
It seems strange to see a Christmas tree this far into February, Christmas seems so long ago
Each time we head up North we usually call in and stay a night with our friends Sandra and Dennis who live in a beautiful place that is called Oakura Bay. These visits normally involve walking the very short distance to the beach to either walk or have a swim, follwed by a BBQ and a game or two
There was croquet on the lawn
There was swimming
We're here again in March for Sandra and Dennis' daughters wedding, it's going to be at the end of the beach, can't wait
Great company and always good fun
Visiting Russell is an absolute must, although I much prefer it out of season.
There was a huge cruise ship, the Majestic something or other
Then it was off the the Waitangi treaty grounds a very significant place in the history of New Zealand but now hugely expensive so I doubt we'll do it again.
In a small town called Kawakawa there are some pretty amazing toilets, we've always managed to miss these in the past, we've either been on the road road or had no time etc. This time however I told Joe we were going to see them or there'd be trouble!
If you need a pee I can think of worse places to have one!
After a quick bite to eat we drove to Hokianga harbour, just past Opononi where we stayed with Jim and Carolyn 2 years again, a truly beautiful place. We stayed at the Copthorne hotel which has the most amazing views, the accommodation was good but our dining experience was hugely disappointing, the food was good but the service was appalling. I've still got to write my review.
The next morning we drove through Waipua forest and stopped to see
We've never been here before, I've not always been too enthusiastic about visiting, I have to say however that it is a very good museum, packed with the most immaculate classic cars I think I've ever seen, so much memorabilia and as you walk in there are so many things that may evoke long forgotten memories of your past. Enjoy the photos
We've lived in NZ now for nearly 15 yrs, I've never been to Bridal veil falls which is less than 30 minutes from where we live. I've never been keen as I don't like heights, and they're high. A 55 mtr drop, the steps down to the bottom are a challenge so I doubt I'll ever get down there. The fact I stood out on one of the viewing platforms was achievement enough.
Okay so this has to be my 4th attempt at doing this post!! Lets try again! The last time we went to Hobbiton was back in 2004, it was a little different back then, click here to see the Facebook album of the photos I took back then. See the difference now....
Bag End - Bilbo Baggins Hobbit hole
The Green Dragon
Meet the new Hobbit, Bilious Ballbag!
After possibly the hottest day of the year so far, an ice cold beer or a cider was very welcome
We have a great zoo in Hamilton and it's always a good place to take visitors, and that's what we did yesterday. Here is just a few of the photos I took, I always take loads, I'll put a link at the bottom if you want to see them all, great of you're suffering fro insomnia!
Cotton topped tamarin
Male Himalayan monal pheasant
Female ecletus parrot
female Himalayan monal pheasant
Ring tailed lemurs, some lucky people were having a close encounter with them
Another fav, meerkats
Fantail taking a bath
My absolute faves, the chimpanzees
Siamang gibbon - we could hear these calling out as we left the zoo, they're rather loud!
Oops I did this post on Thursday then didn't publish it, I've got another post for today of Hamilton gardens, so look out for that one too. The further adventures of our visitors, today Mount Maunganui, another go to place. It was pretty busy today, parking was a nightmare but the weather was glorious and the holiday makers were making the most of it
While the others walked around the Mount I people watched and got this photo as they emerged around the side