Having a wonderful holiday exploring the West Coast of New Zealand. The weather is surprisingly fine without a hint of the rain that the West Coast is famed for and I’m even managing to improve my sun tan. The day we visited Punakaiki was very hot, so the cold salt spray from the blow holes was especially refreshing. We accidentally timed our visit for the perfect time to see the pancake rocks at their best. (And no, Cronus, they aren't real pancakes. You can't eat them.)
I have discovered that the rumours about terrible blood sucking sand flies are, in fact, true. When we stopped at a lovely deserted sandy beach to stretch our legs, I glanced down and saw my feet were covered with the nasty little critters. No wonder the beach was deserted! I shall be itching for days!
The cottage that I’m staying in is on a bush clad hill and built on poles. It has a lovely view of the Tasman sea, but I left my spyglass at home and have failed to sight even a single sail on the horizon. The house sways a little when someone walks about inside or when the wind blows strongly, which was a little disconcerting at first, but fun when realized we weren’t experiencing a small earthquake! The beach below was a stony one without a single sand fly to be a nuisance. Bliss!
I’ve visited a number of interesting places, including Shanty Town where I tried my hand at panning for gold. I swiftly came to the conclusion that pillaging for gold was much, much easier, but the chap showing us what to do looked rather bemused when I mentioned that. I also discovered an excellent supply of parrot familiars when I stopped at the Otira Viaduct (although, when one Kea started nibbling at my car, I began to wonder if it was a trained parrot that Cronus had sent to take out my brakes).
I do hope Cronus has been behaving whilst I’ve been away. I have been thinking about him a lot as I’ve been travelling, and have seen several places that I’m sure he would like to visit. I’ve even found accommodation that he would make him feel right at home. Nothing is too good for my darling Cronus!
Wish you were here! Fair winds!
Love Hera xxx