Some images from our camping holiday

I think everyone needs to go camping, unplug, be social in a real world

The walk…

 

Tha bach (cottage, crib) has no electricity or cell signal and no road access. So you either go by boat or walk in at low tide.

 

The view from my tent #camping

Ōmanu, Northland

Miri fishingMiri fishing off the Pohutukawa tree

tamureSnapper for breakfast. Miri didn’t catch this BTW

MAi,pipisMaire cooking her pipi and oysters.

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Cooking bread.

ParaoaThe final result. Real delicious, especially the crust

Another great holiday

We traveled our usual migration this year, up the East Coast then on to Northland. Love it. Some images from Tuparoa.

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Old St Mary’s church, and although my grandmother is buried here I have actualy never been inside. Nor had my father who was born and bred here. I guess an interesting fact is all religions (except Anglican) were banned here on the Coast. So I’m proud to say that we weren’t….

Tuparoa

About 70 of us traveled to Tuparoa, the most I can remember at one time. It was amazing, especially for the moko and great grandchildren who have never been there.

Ruataupare

The kāuta was too small to feed us all so we went in to the wharenui. Some would freak out about that. Yeah, nah.

Spring tide

My favourite logs are on the move.

The taniwha (sea monster) dug herself in against the Spring tide…

And the Killer Whale is doing everything it can to get back out.

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A Sperm whale washed up on the beach over night. Pretty sad but even to my untrained eye I could tell it was an old whale and probably didn’t get stranded. It died then washed ashore. So not as distressing as the last time when 3 Sperm whales stranded and died over the following few days. That was traumatic.

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The kids were more brave than their parents.

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Christmas set

It’s beautiful this past week. Tropical, hotter than I can remember for this time of year. Had a great, relaxing Christmas. Hope you all do too. This paddle boarder is on to a good thing. So are we!

Christmas Day sunset at Paekakariki

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NZ Fur Seal pup

There have been a lot of fur seal pups washed up on the beach. It is the time of year that the mum’s kick them out of the, um, pool? A lot don’t survive. This one looked pretty exhausted but when I retiurned it had made it’s way halfway back to the ocean.

The other pup (which may be an NZ sea lion) is very healthy and I don’t think it will have any problems. He didn’t mind me, but was really wary of Storm my dog, who didn’t want to harass at all, just play.

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