The girls and I at the restaurant:
The next two are of Atlas, their huge Great Dane. He’s quite the dog!
Yesterday the sun didn’t even peek out from the racing clouds for even a minute but I had a fantastic time. We puttered around the house, visited with one of Kirsten’s friends, and did a short walk partway up the hill.
I started up the hill with Kirsten but my legs were like rubber and I knew I’d have trouble going back down the mountain, so I let Kirsten go on ahead and I side stepped my way down the steep part.
Somehow the day whizzed away and it was past 5pm when we got back in the house.
Today (Sunday), I woke up to the sound of the wind shaking the trailer. At times it felt like a hand was giving it a bit of a shove as well. I was warm and cozy under the thick down comforter. It took a great deal of effort but I eventually made it into the house, grateful for the cup of coffee Kirsten had ready for me.
Mid/late morning we drove down the Takaraw Gorge road to take Shenna for a job interview. I chewed gum which helped me cope with the wildly windy narrow road that we careened on. Arriving in one piece, Shenna ran off to her interview while Kirsten, Nissa and I waited in the attached cafe, nursing some soy lattes, holding onto our appetites until Shenna was finished. The cafe served a fantastic breakfast (I had eggs benedict) that we dawdled over.
We took a route through town to get back home, straighter (so my stomach held out). A stop at the grocery store(s) left us fully provisioned for another meal, as well as a few bottles of cider as a treat.
The rain poured sideways for much of the day so we spent the remainder of the afternoon watching programs on TV, drinking tea, and eating popcorn. Cosy and warm with family while Nature rages.
I was too tired last night to do up the photos from yesterday, but this morning I’m slightly more alert. Here are a few to give you a taste.
Kirsten and the girls at the beach near some of the tack shops we stopped at. The tide was high so we couldn’t get down to the actual sand. Well, Shenna took off her shoes and scampered in the waves.
Here we are at another pull-off. We could see the South Island from here. Very pretty.
This was along the road to Kirsten’s house. The entire length is like this as the road snakes along the hills like a slippery serpent bent on confounding the brain and stomach.
This is partway up the hill. There are points where the views are spectacular and the perfect point to catch my breath and let my pounding heart calm down a bit.
Kirsten along one of the tracks we traversed. They had a digger come out a few years ago to cut some more paths into the hillside. On each side of the path is a thick covering of prickly gorse which was introduced sometime in the past. It is impenetrable, except by the wild pigs.
My second full day was full of adventure!