After our two week trip we have made it home, safe and sound. Always a bit of a worry with big trucks and crazy drivers on the road. There were several scary moments – one was when a big truck came hurtling towards us, encroaching on our side of the road on a blind corner as we drove around a steep bluff. And later, when the car behind us overtook us on a double yellow line, not knowing what was ahead.
At Otorohanga we spotted this gorgeous Kiwi on the edge of the town. Otorohanga is known as Kiwi Town and has been very successful in breeding our national bird in the Kiwi House and National Bird Centre.
Welcome to Otorohanga
It was rather special when we visited the Blue and Green Lakes at Rotorua. Would you believe that we were last standing on the lookout on the narrow isthmus separating these two lakes on our honeymoon, all those years ago, when we did an all day trip taking in some of Rotorua’s scenic delights.
On the isthmus – look this way for the Blue lake, and that way for the Green Lake
At the lookout
As we left Lake Taupo on our way home, we stopped at the top of the hill so I could take photograph Mt Ruapehu and Mt Ngauruhoe looking as picturesque as ever across Lake Taupo. It’s no secret that I love looking at the mountains, and Robin often ask me just how many photos I need to take of them. What a question – as many as I can!
Mt Ruapehu and Mt Ngauruhoe looking across Lake Taupo
I’m rather pleased that I found some spare time to stitch the last two blocks of my Christmas ABC blocks, designed by Michelle Ridgeway from her series Alphabet Noel. I’ve stitched “Y is for Yule Log”, and “Z is for zzzing”. I’ll be stitching four more blocks to give me a total of 30, then I can put my Christmas blocks together. But as far as my knitting goes, I’m feeling a bit “bah humbug” about it. After knitting away merrily as we traveled here and there, I discovered that I misread the shaping instructions. All my own fault of course, but I’ll need to sit somewhere quiet and sort out what needs to be done.
Y and Z blocks completed
As to be expected, I did my fair share of visiting laundromats, some commercial ones and others at Motor Camps. In my scheme of things, holiday or not, the laundry must get done!
It’s laundry day again
Now we are home again, it’s time to catch up on things and reflect on our trip. Actually, we will be away again before we know it, hitching up the van again next Friday. Not a long trip this time, only for the weekend. But before we go, I’m itching to “roll the dice” again on Monday morning, and get into some more sewing.