Well hope you all had a wonderful Easter break! I know I sure did. After one of our crappiest summers ever, this past Easter weekend was one of a kind. Beautifully hot, clear blue sky and a very light breeze every day. *sigh*… Lovely!
After a day and a half in the city we took off down country during the late evening, after hubby finished work and four hours later sat in our Motel looking out at the swimming pool, the hot tubs with the sound of the harbour waves caressing white sand in the moonlight, while I sipped a white chocolate mocha with my feet up…mmm.
Now while I am resting I just want to take a moment to explain to those who haven’t been visiting my blog long, “Walking with me in Aotearoa” is a simple guided tour (if you like), with me as your guide, through my country. If you would like to read the previous posts, please go here, or use my sidebar cloud and click on “Aotearoa.” Since I spent this last weekend travelling south out of the city, I thought it was a good opportunity to pick up from where I left off and continue showing you around. About two hours out of the city one veers slightly to the left towards the east coast and travels through the Waikato country passing near Matamata or as it is now referred to “Hobbit” country, or “middle Earth.”
We follow the East coast after passing through the Waiuku Gorge and after driving through the lively town of Tauranga made our home for the next two nights in Mount Maunganui, (which is where I am now, or was when I started writing this).
It was Jazz Festival time, so we started the day with breakfast on the main street which is blocked to allow for street performers, cafes to spread out and bouncy castles for the kids and stall sellers from fruit and vege, wine and cheeses, to arts and crafts, there was much to see and experience. The “Mount” and Tauranga
never fail to impress and give visitors a rousing time you won’t forget. You could listen to a concert or add your wish to the wish list board or simply watch as children enjoy face painting and explore the wonder of all things, paint, glitter and anything else their little heart’s desire. (Mum will have a job getting it off their
hair and clothes later).
We found the biggest second-hand book store in New Zealand, run by the Rotary Club and delighted in spending time rummaging through amazing finds of written music of some of the greats, LP’s of the Beatles and thousands of other stars of stage and screen, to books of classics well worn, or
autobiography’s of Audrey Hepburn, and many others…. The price! Anything from $1.00 to $5.00. That’s about US50c to US $3.00. Children’s books were plentiful and I enjoyed picking up a few myself. I smiled to myself as a father nearby helped his small child as she picked a classic, Pooh Bear!
Time for a coffee served with Easter eggs.
Later they performed for us also.
It’s nearing the end of another perfect day down on the East Coast. Out in front of me one can barely see the tip of the ship that broke up late last year spilling oil along this coastline. As we head back to our motel we get a late call, friends are heading down our way and we arrange to meet them at their uncle’s place an hour away.
After a lovely evening of being wined and dined in a tiny village south of Tauranga, this morning finds us making our way back through the gorge towards Auckland and the big smoke. Here we stopped to take a couple of pictures
A morning tea stop an hour later. Paeroa home of the “world famous in New Zealand L&P drink.” Check here for info about the drink.
Back home with still the afternoon sun tempting me outside I am found back writing, an idea for April’s PB draft for 12x12x12 which had been developing in my mind on the way home finally unleashed on the screen in front of me.
A perfect long weekend!