The 80th birthday went wonderful and the birthday lady had a lovely family time and saw many friends pop in. Plenty of food as every one popped in with a wee treat. Cake was amazing as it was the bottom layer of one of the Grandchildren’s wedding cake. It was a wet day with a snowy bite to it but that didn’t matter, got some lovely photo’s as well.
Sunday 10th October
A friend and I went for a drive out to Atiamuri and saw all the road works happening, plus fixing the bridge that goes over the Waikato River there, went and checked out my old school and the village where I lived some 60 years ago, a few remains and an old chimney etc that’s about it. From here we went to Ohakuri Dam, the flood gates were open, what a great sight.We had lunch at one of the reserves that use to be very popular but gone to ruins now.Pohutoroa in the background, It’s a mighty hill to climb and amazing view if you make it. This is the stretch of road between Whakamaru and the main highway at Atiamuri. Over the next few days us girls went tiki touring and all went and shouted ourselves a Aix massage at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Rotorura, it’s the best. They use natural mineral waters pouring over your body while having a massage, very therapeutic for sore muscles.
Had a great flight to Auckland where my 2 friends picked me up and we headed for the Service Station at the Bombay Hills. Fine and sunny day. We had lunch and filled up the vehicle and headed for route 27, stopped again at Wharoa for the usual stop and a stretch, then off to Tokoroa. Staying at my friend Mary’s place it was 7.30, so was feeling tired and glad to be there. We chattered until about 10.30 pm and then crashed into bed.
Sunday 3rd October
A great start to the day a bit of an emergency, got an ambulance to Mary and they gave her a check up, took her to the hospital which is on the back boundary fence at Mary’s place, so not far to go. They have found her problem and will keep her in until it’s sorted. Over the next few days I was just catching up with long time friends and Mary is home all is well.
Tuesday 5th October
Went for a drive out to Mangakino, and Lake Whakamaru, these places are on the Waikato River which has many Dams on it. From there we did the round trip to Atiamuri, stopped off at the old Humphrey store and bought a ice cream just like the old days.
This is the Whakamaru Dam from the reserve, the highway goes over this dam.
Mt Kahu with the repeater on in the background this is the shores of Lake Whakamauru, beautiful in Autumn.