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A summer walk

It was lovely to go for an evening walk yesterday.  The season is maturing, the berries ripening in time for late summer, the grass seeds golden and ripe.

I loved seeing the flowers and identifying all the different plants growing along the roadside.

The best things in life are often the simplest, don’t you agree?

 

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The Putangirua Pinnacles

Last weekend, friends invited us to join them for a walk to the Putangirua Pinnacles.

Putangirua Pinnacles

I first heard about the Pinnacles (as they are known here in the Wairarapa) from a colleague, who said they were very interesting rocks.  I have to giggle now at his description.  They are definitely interesting geological formations.  The tower shapes are called hoodoos.  Formed by erosion over thousands of years, they make a spectacular landscape!

This particular photo cost me 45 minutes of hard climbing, and a very badly blistered heel that meant I wore backless shoes to work all week… I think it was worth it.  Now that my foot has stopped stinging!

The Pinnacles 2

This photo shows the Pinnacles as seen from the bottom of the formations.  We walked from the lookout down to the bottom of the riverbed, only a 20 minute walk or so.

Putangirua Pinnacles

You then walk along the riverbed and into the base of the Pinnacles.  I don’t think it would be a good idea to come here right after heavy rain – this riverbed would not be as friendly!  A fact born out by the numerous pools of thick mud we came across during our walk – the children had a lot of fun poking sticks into them.

Another interesting fact about the Pinnacles which I discovered more recently, is that they are the location for the scene in the Lord of the Rings where Aragorn travels the Paths of the Dead to summon the Army of the Dead.

Putangirua Pinnacles

The kids decided it would be cool to investigate the narrow pathway to see if it led to a cave.  They chickened out before they got to the end.

THe Pinnacles 4

The shapes of the hoodoos and the feel of the canyon that we walked through it certainly does give this area an other-worldly feel.  It really does look the part of a scene from the Lord of the Rings.

The Pinnacles 5

Peter Jackson’s location crew chose well!

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Can you see the naturally formed head sculptures in this photo?  The Young Boy said one of them looked like an Easter Island head, and I think he is right!

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We were lucky to go on the day we did.  Almost as soon as we got back to the carpark, a strong wind blew in and lasted for the next few days.  It would have made walking here particularly unpleasant!

I was very grateful to be invited to go for that walk.  It was much more fun with company.  Young Boy was even more pleased – he got to have a sleepover with his best friend that night as well.


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An Autumn ramble

We’ve had a bit of bad weather this week, and by this afternoon, cabin fever had hit big time.  I dug the young man out of his bean bag and off we went down the road.

Country road

It is heartening to see how lush and green everything looks after the sun-baked brown of summer.

Culvert

The culverts are full of water.

Rainbow

Quite pleased I managed to catch this rainbow!

Hawthorn

The hawthorn berries have all been eaten by the birds, and most of the leaves have come off the trees.  Little buds have appeared, awaiting spring’s warmth before they burst forth.

Deer

There is a deer farm nearby.

Young bulls

There was considerable attention paid to the young bulls, who were just as curious about us.  They all came crowding to the fence to have a look.

Young bull

In fact, they took turns to pose for the camera. 🙂  This young chap has such a sweet face!

Curious bulls

Quite a few breeds in there, but don’t ask me to tell you what they are just yet!

Country road

It was nice to listen to the crunch of gravel under our feet, and feel the breeze in our faces.  It was slightly colder than I thought it would be – we should have worn hats!

Dog print

Small details were noticed, reminders of ones who had been there before us.

Toi toi grass

The toi toi grass flowers looked very picturesque against the grey clouds.

Bark

I love looking at detail.  This bark looks like it should be a yarn colourway.  Can’t you just see a pair of socks in this colour!?

Autumn toadstool

A little toadstool, so delicate.  It looks like a ballerina’s tutu, or just like a parasol that could be used by a mouse!

Future socks

Back home, future socks are swirling in my head.

Embossed leaves

These socks were favourite project of the week.  I’m completely in love with the colour and the pattern.  They were so addictive to knit, I think I might need to make another pair!  These ones are a gift.

Embossed leaves socks

The pattern is Embossed Leaves, and I knitted them in Knitsch 100% merino sock in the Asterias colourway.


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A trip to Castlepoint

It was a perfect day on Sunday.  Far too gorgeous to waste indoors.  I decided it was time we did more exploring of our new environment!

It has been a while since we went to the beach.  I decided some fresh sea air was just what we needed!

Castlepoint

This is Castlepoint.  It is quite spectacular.

According to this website, Castlepoint is one of New Zealand’s 10 most loved beaches.  The lighthouse at this beach is one of the two remaining beam lighthouses left in New Zealand.

The young boy certainly loved the sand – perfect for digging large holes!  I dipped my feet into the sea, but decided that it was just a bit too chilly for paddling.

Castlepoint beachI had a nice time in the sand too…

Knitting at the beach

After holes had been dug to one young person’s satisfaction, and sand dunes appropriately rolled down and enjoyed, I dragged him up to the lighthouse for a walk and a look at what was on the other side of the reef.

Lighthouse at Castlepoint

It took one’s breath away!

View from the lighthouse

The colour of the sea was stunning…

Beyond Castlepoint

Here’s a view looking back towards the bay.

Castlepoint village

A geology student would find the landscape fascinating.  There are fossils to be seen, and clear layers of seashells and sandstone.  There is some very entertaining information about the history of Castlepoint here.

More Castlepoint

We drove home, feeling refreshed and relaxed.  What a wonderful day!  How lucky we are to be living in such an amazingly beautiful place!

There are plans afoot to go back as soon as possible and explore more of the walks!

Sand dune at Castlepoint


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A weekend ramble

We’re trying to make it a habit to get out of the house for a wander around the area every weekend.  While not a hard thing for me, the young boy can take some persuasion to shut down the tablet and get his head out of the matrix for a while.  We have to wait until evening, as it is still ferociously hot during the day.

I call these walks “Spot the treasure”.  Go down a seemingly boring country road…

Country road

and find that there are so many beautiful and useful things to discover if one cares to look.

Wild roses

Wild roses that were once part of someone’s garden.

Blackberry

Blackberries!  I would have loved to eat some of these, but one never knows if they have been sprayed (blackberry is considered a pest and vigorously sprayed to destroy the plants, so sad for the roadside forager!)

Hawthorn

Hawthorn trees grow aplenty!  I was most happy to see them!  I understand that Hawthorn has valuable medicinal properties.

Chamomile

A patch of chamomile brightens up the roadside.

Maize

A maize crop rustles in the wind.

Mountain vista

Look across the fields, and you are treated to the grandeur that is the tail of the Tararua ranges.

We always come home feeling content.  My soul feels refreshed.

And now I guess you are wondering if I have had any time for knitting?  Of course!

Falls of Rauros

This exquisite lovely is The Falls of Rauros.  Claire Ellen is such a talented designer!  I have done my own thing on the heel (I do not like the look of that sweet tomato heel) and added extra twisted stitch detail to the foot.  I may have also made the toe my own…  I am very pleased to have used one of my favourite sock yarns ever – Knitsch 100% merino sock in the Silver Lining colourway.  In addition to being a total pleasure to knit with, I think it makes the sock look very waterfall’ish.

The below are the waterfalls that were my yarn choice inspiration. These falls are in McLarens Falls Park near my hometown of Tauranga, a favourite waterhole of both young and old.

Inspiration waterfall

Now to finish the other!

One and a quarter socks