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Coming Up Close · 1d ago

Tongariro Trout Fishing

On our way to Ruapehu last weekend we stopped (cos I'm one of those annoying people who if I see something when we are driving that I think is interesting I say "stop") near a bridge just be...
Coming Up Close · 6d ago

Ice and frost all around in Reporoa

Early this morning before 9am this was the scene that greeted us in Reporoa, a small town an hour or so away, this is where it starts to get really cold.It was minus 3 degrees celsius outsid...
Coming Up Close · 1W ago

Twinkle through the trees...

We've had a real cold snap this week, there's been snow in neighbouring towns, something that's almost unheard of up here. For us all we've had is brief frost, still ok to go for my walks ea...
Coming Up Close · 1W ago

Kutarere Church - 1861

One of those rainy bleak miserable days we had recently we decided to go for a drive and on the way through the countryside I spotted this old church near Opotiki. Looking very old and negle...
Coming Up Close · 1W ago

Rainy skies, gulls and crayfish

On our Sunday walk this morning it was good to get outside in the fresh air, not alot of other people at the beach. View from the Mount Maunganui cenotaph of Rabbit Island.Very quiet...sort ...
Coming Up Close · 2W ago

Old house bus in Pekatahi

On our way to Opotiki last weekend we stopped at a one lane bridge where there were road works and while we were waiting for our turn to cross I spied this old vacant derelict house bus park...
Coming Up Close · 2W ago

Ohiwa Harbour Oysters

What a treat we had in the weekend! Our road trip also included a stop off at this place - Ohiwa Oyster Farm just out of Whakatane.I am a major seafood nut so we stopped and bought a dozen f...
Coming Up Close · 2W ago

The kiwi gumboot fence

Road trip today! It was one of those Sundays where the weather was dismal and it was well worth getting outdoors instead of being stuck inside...so we decided to drive to OpotikiĀ and on the ...
Coming Up Close · 3W ago

Need lots of socks...

We've passed the shortest day of the year and now we're nearly a third of the way through Winter. I don't think it's been as cold as it was last year at this time but I do need to buy some n...
Coming Up Close · 3W ago

New dog friends...

Despite us having an overcast sun showery day today we still got out for our weekly beach walk. Wasn't too cold and the tide was out but I did get a couple of happy excited inquisitive dogs ...