So before we head off into the Easter weekend, I thought I'd put together another post for you.
In the last 4 days I was out for sunrise twice, and the other two days I didn't head out due to rain. Well, I have now had to learn that the weather is extremely changeable here and the weather forecast really should just be used as a very loose guideline ;) The two days that I didn't go out for sunrise I could have kicked myself, 'cause that sun bursting through the clouds, and that colour in the sky was phenomenal. Anyway, lesson learned - I shan't make anything weather dependent and simply take my chances as and when ;)
Anyway, the images below are a collection from the two days that I was out there :)
Tuesday I went for a nice walk along the beach gravel road known as the "Red Rock Walkway", south of Wellington. This road takes you along the rugged coastline to the Red Rock formations to Owhiro Bay, along to where the seal colony can often be spotted and then onwards to Sinclair Head.
“This unusual rock formation was created when an outcrop of ancient volcanic pillow lava was embedded in younger greywacke, along with red and green siltstone. The Red Rocks Scientific Reserve was created in 1972 after growing public concern about quarrying in the area. " — from Wellington.govt.nz
The thriving ecosystem in these waters is wonderful … I even saw little star fish :) That made my day! :)
Yesterday I was still stiff and sore from the long walk along that gravel road (hard work when you're not quite as fit as you'd like to be ;) ) so I elected to take a drive up to Mount Victoria Lookout where you can get a 360 degree view over Wellington City, the harbour, Miramar Peninsular, over towards the Airport and Lyall Bay. What a truly gorgeous morning! I had the lookout area more or less to myself, just the occasional cyclists and joggers coming along.
So there we are, I'll leave you with that for now. Click on the images and they'll enlarge and you can just scroll through them :) Hope you enjoy this little gallery of my Wellington and surrounds explorations :)
After the Easter weekend I hope to show you some gorgeous material from around the Rotorua area. Very very excited to be heading up that way! Let's see what we get to see :)
In the meantime, have a wonderful Easter!
For all who've been wondering what I've been up to since arriving in Wellington ... erm ...
It looks like I've been hanging out at the beach a lot ;) But then, with so much stunning coastline around here, who wouldn't? Hope you enjoy this little collection of images :)
So we drove up to Masterton Saturday morning to go and see the Wairarapa Hot Air Balloon Festival :) It was on from Thursday already and went through to Monday, but the Saturday night was to be the big evening, with all the balloons at the showgrounds, all lit up and pretty :) ... Well, there was a massive turnout in support of the festival. Just awesome to see families out, enjoying the music and entertainment :) ... Sadly, the weather did however not play along :( Winds were just too strong, and it just wasn't safe to get the balloons up. By 9pm they called it ... and you know, that's just one of those things I guess ... a shame, but safety first. So, we ended up being treated to a bit of a "burnout display" ;) I've put together a little clip for you ;) ... Don't you just love all the "dragon puffs"? ;)
Sunday morning we were up at around 6am and made our way to Martinborough (really not far) to see the balloons up at sunrise, flying over the Town Square :) ... At this stage I think I should confess - this was a biggy off my bucket list :) I've never seen hot air balloons (except for the real estate agents' advertising ones ;) lol) This was just so pretty :) And 40 years old or not - I felt like a giddy little kid watching these colourful balloons drifting through the early morning skies :)
22nd February 2016 we should have touch-down in Wellington, NZ :)
Quite frankly, I'm besides myself with excitement!!
This will be my second visit to this beautiful country, and I just can't wait :) Last time was a few years back, when I got to spend and absolutely wonderful 6 months in Hawke's Bay.
This will be a whole new Kiwi adventure for me :)
Of course I always look forward to making new connections and breathing renewed life into existing relationships, so please do reach out and be in touch! It'll be amazing!
Not for the fainthearted, that's for sure!!
What a display and what competition for the coveted title of "King of the Air" on the 7th February 2016 here at Big Bay, Cape Town!
Wind and waves couldn't have been better - it was insane out there :)
The incredible display by all the riders was epic! Way to go, one and all! Seriously :)
And of course a huge congrats to this year's winner, Aaron Hadlow, taking victory for the second year running! Awesome stuff by Jesse Richman (2013 King) who came in second, and Kevin Langeree (2014 King) taking third place.
So, without further ado, here a 1:39 minute video slide of some the insanely awesome stunts these guys all pulled out there! Enjoy and ... stand in awe ;)
I post this also with a thought to Lewis Crathern, wishing him a speedy recovery!