Friday – a cloudy rainy day

The weather reports had been threatening rain for days and finally it arrived. After such a glorious day yesterday for Waitangi Day I think it was all shined out……

I was up super early for no reason and treated myself to Nutella on toast – leftover treat from the dairy farm.

I was bored so offered to help Alan out in return for some WiFi! Updated the weather/to do board, answered some emails, nothing too stressful.

By lunchtime George was finally up and while eating the remains of the curry I sat and watched Amazing Grace with him. Turns out it is not the same film as Saving Grace…..

Fuelled by the curry I managed to summon the energy to get out. I decided to cycle out to Lake Mangamahoe, a manmade lake with great views of the mountain, but as I cycled it started showering and I had the realisation that I couldn’t actually see the mountain, only the clouds covering it, so it seemed a bit pointless going all that way, so instead I stopped off at The Meeting of the Waters/Araheke Bush Walk.

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Not a spectacular meeting!

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Was a nice little walk, but am coming to the conclusion that the people who decide how long these walks take must walk at a snails pace on one of their slower days. The walk should have taken a good 90 minutes, but I was back after not much more than 30!
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I knew the journey back would be fun, there were lots of hills on the way, including a really long downhill called Bugess Hill. This could only mean a long uphill on the way back……. Indeed it was, over 1km of constant up, followed by a short respite before one more hill before home. I cycled all the way and arrived slightly strawberry-like, something George couldn’t fail to comment on.

After a shower and a refuel on sweet potato and tuna I was fully recovered and tried a new beer we’d spotted – Arabica Dabra, coffee oatmeal stout, interesting was the overall conclusion, probably never to be tried again!!
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Around 10pm James came into the lounge putting his shoes on. Obviously we wanted to know where he was going at such a late hour – to visit the fireflies, so of course we all wanted to join him! They live in the banks on one of the ways into Pukekura Park, only about a 10minute walk away. They were awesome! First we only spotted a couple, but then there were loads, all glowing away looking like mini-constellations.

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It's the blue dots! Didn't really capture what we could see....

Awesome late night outing!!

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