The year has rolled around and it’s my birthday again. This weekend was spent with our caravan club buddies at Kaitoke Regional Park in Upper Hutt. Instead of birthday cake we supplied some lovely light sponges with fresh cream and jam for afternoon tea on Friday.
Happy Birthday to me
It was a long three day weekend and the park was full to bursting with hoards of happy campers. Some in caravans and campervans like us, and lots of people in tents too. The area is classified as a rain forest and the hills are covered in beautiful native trees. Bird life is abundant and we saw plenty of kereru (native wood pigeons) flying around.
Our little camping area
There was a lot planned for this weekend away, and we all enjoyed lunch out at Aston Norwood Café just a short car trip away. This establishment has beautiful gardens, and I loved the decorative bicycle in the entranceway.
Another highlight was an evening spent on the river bed when we toasted marshmallows over the embers of a fire. Such good fun, and it was nice to see several family groups nearby all doing the same. Mind you, the gusty wind was blowing the smoke all over the place, and we all came away smelling of wood smoke!
Fans of the Lord of the Rings books and films will know about Rivendell, home of the Elves. Peter Jackson did filming here in the Regional Park and the area has plenty of information panels and posts for visitors to view.
Close by was a swing bridge – it’s been quite some time since we were last in this park so I was keen to cross over it again. I’m fine with walking on a swing bridge, as long as others don't get silly and start to bounce on it. Luckily that didn't happen, so I walked over it, holding on tightly of course, turned around and walked back. There – I did it without any mishap!
Over the swing bridge
With such a lot going on over the weekend, I didn't get very much hand work done. Except to start stitching the binding down on my New Zealand Botanical quilt. It’s been ages since this project has come out to play, so I’m happy I’m up to this stage.