The best thing about going off-island for a month is returning!! Living on my island haven for 16 months has given me the taste for a simple life and living in a town no longer holds appeal. Whilst it was great to see family and friends, I longed for bush and birdsong, sparse traffic and the sense of identity that our island community has.
The Weather Gods blessed me with amazing Autumn weather - it's not often that there's 3 weeks of mostly fine weather in Taranaki but I certainly appreciated it as my main mode of transport was either walking or biking. No time for tramping this time round but I did get to visit the high country of North Taranaki for a few days - stunning in the rain and low cloud that swirled up from the valley below.
Enough talking! Here's some photos...
|Mt Taranaki from the Stratford side|
|Mt Taranaki from Egmont Village side|
|North Taranaki high country|
|Swirling clouds rising from the valley below|
|New Plymouth's Wind Wand taken from the bus|
Wellington was fun - not only did I discover more great bush walks just a stone's throw from dense housing, I was also shouted tickets to the Hurricanes vs Brumbies match at Westpac Stadium. Not a good result but the atmosphere was good and we had great seats to watch the action - and the Hurricane supporters and their drums sitting just a few seats away. Fun to try out the new units to and from Johnsonville as well.
|Fab views from a bush walk between Brooklyn and Aro Street|
|Go the Hurricanes!|