Trip Start Sep 30, 2012
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The Anstis Residence
Although the weather has not been perfect here with it still being spring - a storm hit over the weekend with lots of rain and gale force winds - it's been really quite sunny for the past few days and so in spare moments when Les is busy I've enjoyed soaking up the sun on the decking in the beautiful lush garden overlooking dense bush
Since Isaac and Kate went back - I have made them both promise to visit England soon and see the little patch of Eccleston paradise - I've kept busy by cycling. I cycled into Tauranga and back which was a nice ride but all ever so slightly uphill on the way back so that I felt I deserved the coffee and quiche I got from Claire's work when I called in. Les then took me mountain biking. I wasn't quite prepared for quite how downhill it would be, or quite how sheer the drops at the side of the track would be. I was pretty sure I would die and obviously managed to fall off pretty much straight away. Les was very patient however as I made my way down at snail's pace (and back up even slower) and it was actually a lot of fun and I would definitely love to do it again until I conquer my irrational fear of going at high speed down a steep, rough, switchbacked track. However I'll have to let my bum recover first.
Claire popped round after work and kindly took me to her and Sam's flat where we cooked tea
Instead of leaving today Claire and I decided to do a road trip on her day off and so headed up Coromandel to Cathedral Cove. We scrambled over the stairs, rocks and mud for an hour with me cursing the unpredictable New Zealand weather as I had to carry my jumper, top, pumps and socks in the midday heat. Worth it though, as it really was beautiful and looked very tropical with white sand and turquoise water. We then went to hot water beach, another of New Zealands many geothermal wonders. At low tide you can hire a spade and dig up the beach to find hot water oozing up and creating hot pools. We cleverly timed it so that we arrive tenminutes after high tide to find the many other visitors had already created lots of (often scalding!) pools for us to enjoy, although with the sunshine we regretted laughing off Les' suggestion of taking our 'togs'.
On the way back through the lovely green, rolling farmland and during our stop off eating lunch overlooking the sea at a quiet little town we were both very quiet, clearly worn out from the day's exertions. Now we're getting on for the mid-twenties we just can't keep up!