Day 3

Tuesday 24th Happy birthday to me.

Had a good sleep, was a wee bit cool but not as cold as was predicted. Got up at 6.30 am and put the kettle on, had a cuppa. It is so nice and peaceful listening to the sounds, and a bull roaring in the background.

Having a concern about the Waeco freezer, it’s losing its temp fast, we have had a lot of problems with it, or it’s our battery system, so have had the generator on for 1 ½ hours and took all of the 1 1/2 hours to pick up the freezers temp again. Solar was in full sunlight all day yesterday and is in full sunlight now, so we will be monitoring it, will be getting the system checked out by the solar people when we get home.

It’s warming up now. We went for a drive to check out a few things, can’t find the dump point they have said is here. Checked out other areas for camping, we really do have the best spot for what we like to do. Collected some fire wood for Mark and Kay in case they get here late. They are not here yet so assume that they will come tomorrow.

Lots of birds around us and then tonight we saw the Crimson Rosella’s came in. They are so pretty and colourful.

Opened a red wine to have with tea for my birthday, sorry Kay you were not here to share. Got very hot during the afternoon, but has cooled down nicely now, it’s now 7 pm and quiet windy, so closed up Mark and Kay’s tent. Good night.
Well Kay and Mark arrived at 10.30 pm, she came over and sang happy birthday to me thru the window. Was a lovely surprise, I was to tired to get up and have a cuppa, let them get organised.

Kingfisher  KingfisherIMG_4067Kay's camp site  My daughter and her husbands camp siteIMG_4068Our camp site  Our camp site, well camouflaged IMG_4139Kookaburra



A Great day had by all.

Saturday 9th October

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.Pohutaroa, Atiamuri. 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.