TIME OUT…

Please forgive me friends.  Grief has hit me harder than I thought, and my muse has left for parts unknown.  When I pick up my pen or my brush all I find is mud… So I am taking a break for a while until I am through this.  Love

Just want to say that I have been overwhelmed by your support.  You are a wonderful community and I thank you for your love and prayers ❤

WATER UNDER THE BRIDGE…

The Pelorus Bridge is in a beautiful area of native forest, now classified as a scenic reserve.  The forest includes beech, podocarp and broadleaf species, and is home to a variety of native and introduced birds.  It also has a population of endangered native bats.  As you will see from the photographs it had been, and still was, raining heavily when we visited.  I would love to go back and walk some of the tracks in good weather.

The Pelorus Sound and River were originally known to Maori as Te Hoiere.  According to Maori tradition Te Hoiere was one of the great canoes of the migrations that settled New Zealand.

LEAVE NOTHING BUT FOOTPRINTS…

We did find a brief moment to visit the beautiful Kaiteriteri Beach, which has to rate as one of the best beaches in the Nelson region.  BUT it was wall-to-wall people.  Last time Rod was there, admittedly not at the height of the season – and a VERY long time ago, it was both beautiful and deserted.  I’d love to go back there in the winter and just chill out and do some collecting, because even with so many people there, we noticed quite a few shells on the beach.  Loved the fascinating shapes of the limestone boulders.