I wasn’t sure about today’s theme, so here are some water droplets on the shower screen.
It’s been very hot lately, so lots of iced water has been very welcome.
Water droplets on the dead leaves of my bonsai. I really hope that it isn’t dead, but I have a feeling it is. We’ll find out for sure next spring.
The husband has one of those bobble drink bottles with the filter because it doesn’t necessarily trust tap water (unlike myself). Even though I just drink tap water, I do like the design and shape of the bottle. Yes, this was a very lazy “I don’t know what to take a photo of today” photo.
A very rainy start to the long weekend. I couldn’t believe how heavy the rain was, but we did get to see a nice double rainbow.
Day 12 – Wellington to Taupo
We drove from Wellington to Taupo, and I have to say that the north island looks more like Australia. We drove through a desert-like area after passing through green hills filled with sheep. It’s amazing how much the landscape changes in just a few short kilometres. Once we got to Taupo, which has another massive lake, we drove to Huka falls. It’s a very shot drop, but the volume is amazing. It has almost 220,000 litres of water flowing per second. The photo isn’t of the actual falls but of the river it flows into.
Day 9 – Franz Joseph to Punakaiki to Hanmer Springs to Kaikoura
Today was another big day of driving so it was an early start. We drove up the west coast to Punakaiki to see the Pancake Rocks. They’ve got an interesting formation that looks like slabs of rocks stacked on top of each other. We just so happend to get there around high tide so we could see the cool blowholes. It was a bit of a detour to get there, but it was well worth the visit. I like rocks, but the husband usually doesn’t so much (scarred by having to do earth science at uni maybe?), but even these rocks he said he found really interesting.
We then headed to the east coast towards Kaikoura. We drove through the mountains and through an area called Lewis Pass and through Hanmer Springs, which was covered with all these yellow flowers or broom, which looked very pretty, but I’m sure was just a weed. We stopped at a rest stop of lunch, and it just to happened that it was the only rest stop that didn’t have a table. So we just sat in the boot.
Kaikoura is a very pretty little coastal town and still no sandy beaches, just rocks. We headed out to see some seals on the peninsula, which paid no attention to us at all. It was a long but good day, and the best thing was that we can see sheep from our motel!
Day 7 – Twizel to Haast Pass to Franz Josef
Today was another long driving day, which means plenty of opportunities to take photos when I wasn’t sleeping. I have to take travel sickness pills, but they make me so sleepy. At least it’s better than the alternative of throwing up all over the husband. I don’t think he’d really appreciate that.
We drove past Lake Hawea and Lake Wanaka and up into Haast Past, which is full of lovely winding roads. We stopped off a few times to do some walking and see waterfalls. It’s very pretty, even that giant hill we climbed up to get to the lookout of Haast Pass. We had some lunch in a cheap dodgy looking diner, but my bacon and eggs were amazing.
We saw some of the coast as well, no sand, just rocks, and encountered a little bit of rain. Today’s photo was taken driving along the west coast coming out of Haast Pass.
Franz Josef was such a pretty little town. We headed to walk up to the glacier, which you can’t really get that close to unless you’re on a guided tour, which makes sense because there are so many rock falls and stories of careless travellers getting injured or even killed there. It was still very pretty.
One of the things we had noticed today was that we hadn’t come across a single traffic light since we’d been here. Everything is well signed give way signs, roundabouts etc. I can’t believe it took us so long to notice. I suppose where we had been driving was all small towns though, so not that surprising.
The air always feels so clean after it rains and the flowers look so fresh.
Daisies after rain. We’ve had a very wet and cold winter this year. It’s nice when it stops.
Condensation on the water jug.
My grandma’s funeral was today and what a day it was. I don’t pretend to understand all the Buddhist traditions as my parents and cousins are mostly agnostic, but I hope that we all honoured her the way she wanted us to. It was the coldest and wettest day we’ve had in Melbourne in a long time, but apparently it’s good luck to have it rain, something about washing away the bad luck. This is the view from the car as we were driving to the burial.
Rest in peace dear grandma. I haven’t always understood you because we come from different worlds and my lack of language skills haven’t helped, but I still loved you because you were family. I know it’s sometimes been a hard life for you, struggling to look after your family, coming to Australia to try and live a better life, and your debilitating disease towards the end, but you were and will continue to be loved by us all. You can finally rest now.
The best part of the conference was sitting outside in the sunshine for lunch. Sydney brought out the good weather for the weekend. Lots of other people were enjoying the sun as well.
Today was the last day of work before new management take over, and we get seconded to help with the transition until the new staff settle in. It’s the start of change and uncertainty. We don’t know what kind of help they’ll need, or if we have to train them up with our equipment, which adds burden to an already busy workload. We’ll all be moved to different sites, but when that actually happens is another issue. The worst part of it is that my team gets broken up. I’ve been working there since I was qualified and my workmates are like family to me. To celebrate/commiserate, a few of us went out for dinner and drinks on Hardware Lane at Campari House. It was a lovely warm night, probably the last we’ll have for a while.
Here are the next lot of photos from our little trip to Brighton beach. These are all photos of the beach and the many seagulls. We didn’t go swimming because you’d have to be crazy to want to swim at a Melbourne beach; gritty sand, pollution, freezing water all year around. It’s a good thing though because then no glasses get claimed by the ocean (as has happened to Mr Cookie Loves Milk, and also my brother… good work guys!).
When I was little I used to love chasing around ‘fairies’ which were actually just dandelion seeds floating around. To this day I love seeing them floating around in summer. So pretty. Today’s photo is a ‘fairy’ sans seed that I caught outside the train station while waiting to be picked up by my husband. The water drops were totally staged by the way =p
I’m melting! We’re going through a heat wave at the moment, a toasty 40 degrees C. Spent most of the day inside with the airconditioning, drinking lots of water.