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First pic post...

Okay, I'm trying to catch up. We're back in Wellington now. Drove 1800 kilometres.
So let's catch up with a few pics as I promised.
Our first morning in Whangamata - we slept in tents and I found out what it's like to be first out of the tent in the morning - you crawl out of the tent face first, so to speak, and the dog is waiting to lick your face!

The beach was glorious in the morning sun

Finn and Paul played leap frog

We went to an art gallery that had amazing cacti and succulents in the garden like this one
This was at Hot Water Beach. Here you can go along the beach, dig down, look for hot water, then as low tide approaches, you dig your own 'spa pool' in the sand and the most incredibly hot water fills it up. As the tide goes lower, you need a bucket to add cold water to your 'pool' as the water is too hot!! It gets pretty crowded. It's hilarious! And very soothing.
Here's Asher digging

That night we slept on the other side of the peninsula in Te Kouma and this is the view from our cabin. It was really isolated and beautiful.

That's enough for a start, huh. Odd for all you northern hemisphere dudes with all that snow, to see sunny beaches, I guess. Thinking of you!


Jan. 11th, 2010 04:13 pm (UTC)
That succulent is fabulous! I love the idea of digging your own spa pool - but it looks pretty crowded!! The snow and ice are still with us but we can look at your pics and dream.
Jan. 12th, 2010 02:44 am (UTC)
The spa pool thing was amazing, such hot thermal water just trickling away there under the sand. And the crowds sure showed up. Apparently if you wait until the tide is turning, most people have left and you can enjoy all the pools that have been dug!

-The snow and ice are still with us but we can look at your pics and dream.
I can't believe the amount of snow and ice over in your part of the world. It's like a total white-out in the UK and surrounds. It must be so cold!
Jan. 12th, 2010 11:20 am (UTC)
Yes. Cold. Apparently we're in one of the coldest spots in England - down to minus 17 some nights. Scotland has had down to minus 30 so we can't complain...!! Have you seen the satellite photos of a white UK?
Jan. 13th, 2010 10:18 am (UTC)
Steve was telling me about the satellite photos of the UK. Sounds just amazing. I can't fathom minus 17. I have never experienced that. Maybe minus 1... is it hard to breathe outside in the cold air?
Jan. 13th, 2010 10:34 am (UTC)
Not really, if you're well wrapped up. But it smells and tastes cold - and things are difficult. You need thick gloves but car keys are hard to manipulate in them. You can't put anything down because it will get snowy and then wet when it thaws. You have to kick snow off your shoes/boots before you enter the car/house but it's all around you so you have to enter slowly, a foot at a time. You get tired of the world being black and white - mostly white - and of course here we have long nights; it is dark before 4.30 in the afternoon.

I was in France one Christmas and it was minus 16 during the day near Poitiers - all the trees sparkled with frost and the sun shone and it was somehow exhilarating.



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