'I'm always looking for the Hows and the Whys and the Whats,' said Muskrat, 'That is why I speak as I do. You've heard of Muskrat's Much-in-Little, of course?'
'No,' said the child. 'What is it?'
- The Mouse and his Child. Russell Hoban.

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Saturday, 10 October 2009

Tauranga beach webcam

Just a repeat post (the first one here) - to remind my beloved blogger friends in the soon-to-be-chilly parts of the world, that you can get a dose of sun and sea, albeit in your nighttime, by clicking on to one of the Tauranga live webcams.  I went on a few minutes ago and I see there are some little yachts down at the marina ready to set sail.  That's our Mount Maunganui/ Mauo ('The Mount") in the background at the end of the sand spit.

Friday, 9 October 2009

Hawkes Bay

We've had some unseasonably late snow in the central North Island this last week.  I needed to get down to Hawkes Bay on Tuesday and as the Taupo - Napier road was closed, had to go the long way  - through Opotiki and the lovely but disected country of the Waioeka Gorge to Gisborne and then south to Napier.  It's a beautiful wild bit of New Zealand, but it was a long day's driving as the road goes through the hills covered in rainforest and is very twisting and turning, following the river for much of the way.  
Coming back, the Titokura pass north-east of Napier still had a sprinkling of the white stuff.  I stitched this view together for you.