A GLIMPSE OF HOME

We have been here a couple of years – and just starting to get the outside under control.  Been concentrating on working inside until now…
This was the front when we arrived…

…we’ve got some gardens going round the front of the house, and working on screening the front porch with small shrubs and trees, and the back certainly looks a lot tidier than we arrived.

WHITECLIFF CONCRETIONS

We walked with a church group to see the Whitecliff Boulders today.  The trek starts on farmland which you reach via a winding gravel road not far from Mangaweka.  Then there’s a 4.1km walk down the cliff and along the Rangitikei River.  The difficulty part is that the trail descends 460 feet between the car park and the low point of the route to the boulders – alright going down the steep clay farm track, but not so good climbing back…

You pay a small fee for public access and park at the top of the bluffs, and we were amazed to find a composting long drop toilet down at the boulders – that flushed!  The boulders (concretions) are spectacular and well worth the visit.

Unfortunately, despite carrying water and trying to stay hydrated, I got ill halfway back up the track – it was a pretty hot day – and others stopped to help.  I am so grateful for the kindness of my church family.  However, it became clear that I wasn’t going to make it without more help, so the farmer picked me up with his quad bike and deposited me up at the carpark again – along with another walker who needed the lift…

I wouldn’t have missed it though, despite that small setback, but when we got home Rod, Bert and I all collapsed and had an hour’s snooze.  I’ve attached a few early shots, but will post some more of the boulders when I have time.

PATRICK’S BOOK SHOP

An outstanding second-hand bookshop has now relocated to Whanganui from Waverley. Best classic and collectable books I have found. You can find it in Ridgeway Street between Victoria and Trafalgar Streets in the same building as the Ambrosia Cafe. If you want to know more email Patrick on patrickhenrymckenna@gmail.com

 

SIMPLY SPLENDID

We have just returned from Australia today, and so much to do…  However, I couldn’t resist sharing these photos of the wonderful splendid fairywren (Malurus splendens) which is my favourite Australian bird.  The little bright blue bird is a male in breeding plumage.  Non-breeding males, females and juveniles are predominantly grey-brown in colour, and this makes it difficult to be sure which are the females.  I did get one photo of that grey-brown plumage, unfortunately not a good one, but it does show the difference…

This is an extremely darting little bird, rather like our fantails, so I feel lucky to have managed these shots.

STORM WARNING

Woke up this morning and saw this out the window. Rushed out half asleep in the dark with the camera – fiddled with the adjustments without being able to see them, and spent the next half hour trying to find out what I’d done!! The first photo isn’t bad, but the second is the result of brain fade…

…and here it is