Monday, January 16, 2017

Strawberry picking at Somerfield Berry Farm

Sunday morning we made the spur of the moment decision to find out where there was a local farm where we could pick fresh Strawberries. We ended up finding Somerfield Berry Farms over in Oropi which is about a good 20 minutes away. 

Out in the country the driveway down was past sheds and kiwifruit orchards lined with various types of pretty colourful roses.

We spent probably 45 minutes there looking through the patches trying to find some that weren't small and in the end we came out with 1.4kgs and ended up paying just on $13 which is pretty good for this part of NZ.

The end result - don't they look pretty darn good? Gotta love Summer fruit.

Linking up with Our World Tuesday :-)

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Wairere Falls - Kaimai Forest

Last weekend as part of our holiday relaxation we decided to give the Wairere Falls track a go. This spot is an absolute gem and isn't very far away from where we live. There are 2 walks, the one we completed was 45 minutes long and took us to the platform where we could see the main waterfall, the other one was 90 minutes long and takes people to the top of the summit. As you can see from the photo above this is roughly where we first started.

On the way through this is the sort of scenery we saw, it was pretty neat to see quite a few families with children doing the same walk as us - good that people are outside getting exercise in the awesome Summer weather we've had.

While standing on the first bridge this was what we saw below us, one of the many smaller waterfalls on the way up which was coming out the other side.

I happened to look over and see someone had probably very carefully climbed down the rock ledges and made this kind of pebble statue - kinda cool I think.

Along the way the paths were fairly level - a wee bit of up and down and a bit windy but mostly even until the last 10 minutes when the stairs went straight onto an upright angle.

Once we reached the end of the 45 minute walk this is the view we saw - pretty stunning I think and well worth the effort.

One for Weekend Reflections :-)

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Late afternoon summer skies

I'm hankering for the holidays again...we went back to work on Monday and I think my body is still trying to get use to having to get up at 6am 5 mornings a week. Anyway last week when we were relaxing at the beach on our deckchairs one afternoon I snapped this photo of the skies behind us. It's been so hot here that the sun doesn't disappear until 8pm. Not looking forward to the end of Summer...

Linking up with Skywatch Friday again this week :-)

Monday, January 9, 2017

Fishing off the rocks at Mount Maunganui

Over the holidays while we were off work we've been doing alot of walking especially along the beach. We ventured through Leisure Island which is just off the main beach area and saw these two men with their fishing rods as they were surf casting. The one at the bottom on the rocks looked like he was holding a bag of burley in the water to entice the fish.

This is a view off the rocks over part of the main beach.....and with scenery like this why wouldn't you want to enjoy it?

Linking up with Our World Tuesday :-)

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Blue Springs - Putaruru

On our drive yesterday our last stop was visiting the Blue Springs of Putaruru about 1 hour and 3o minutes from where we live. This place is truly magical - and by the colour of the water you can see why, right?

The water comes from the Mamaku Plateau where the water takes up to 100 years to filter through, and the result is so pure that it produces a lovely blue clear colour.

We were lucky enough to see a few trout swimming here and there in the water. There were signs up specifying no swimming but it was dismaying to see people paddling and floating on the water on blow up tubes.

More Weekend Reflections here :-)


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