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Otaki, Waitarere, Wellington and a 90 day weekend

Otaki, Waitarere, Wellington and a 90 day weekend

The last month here in Wellington has been less productive than we might’ve liked. Early one morning I hustled down the wet driveway carrying a rubbish bag covered in maggots. Carrying the bag as far as I could from my person, I slipped over and had just enough time to put all my falling weight onto my wrist. It kindly didn’t break, instead I was treated to excruciating chest pain. This incapacitated me for almost a month in the end – not being able to laugh is the worst! I had hoped to complete our garden retaining wall before we left, but it’ll be a spring job now. We have made some progress though – thank you free family labour!

Dave with the Kango hammer

Dave with the Kango hammer

Posts coming together

Posts coming together

Friends of ours had us up for the weekend at Otaki beach, an hour north of Wellington. Both couples had various ailments; it was nice to recover in company. I guess this is what we’ve got to look forward to from age 30!

Kapiti island from Otaki beach

Kapiti island from Otaki beach

Kate puzzling.

Kate puzzling. Yes, puzzling.

As my health improved I decided to clamber around the hills behind the house again. Such great views of the region, I keep reminding myself how lucky we are.

Makara hills to the South Island, from the 'Crows Nest' walk

Makara hills, across Cook Strait to the South Island, from the ‘Crows Nest’ walk, just up the hill from here

 

Wellington city from Mt Kau Kau

Wellington city from Mt Kau Kau

We also ventured in to Wellington to check out some of the Great War centenary stuff that’s been put together. Many New Zealanders went off to war for the British Empire, it’ll be interesting to see how these histories glorify or not the New Zealand involvement – but unfortunately we’ll have to find out when we get back. The queues! The Pukeahu War Memorial Park is quite nice though, outside the old dominion museum.

The Carillon and War Memorial, Wellington

The Carillon and War Memorial, Wellington. Red stone pillars commemorate the ANZAC connection with ‘straya.

The Dominion Museum doing museum things again - but not with that queue!

The Dominion Museum doing museum things again – but not with that queue!

Just 'cause.

Just ’cause.

Our US trip is set to be pretty hectic, so we booked a bach at Waitarere beach this week to rest and relax beforehand. The place was perfect. Enormous kitchen so Kate was happy, and I wasn’t able to feel bad about doing nothing around the house so enjoyed sitting about reading. Isn’t bookabach the best!

The Dutch Oven in Foxton

The Dutch Oven in Foxton

The back lawn of the bach

The back lawn of the bach

Lots of storm debris on the beach - Kapiti island again in the back

Lots of storm debris on Waitarere beach – Kapiti island again in the back

Sunset at Waitarere beach

Sunset at Waitarere beach.

Next stop – the USA!

Larry's a 30-something chap interested in travel, being a dork and changing the world via less boring training.

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