There is a saying that life is not measured in how many breaths you take but in how many moments take your breath away, by that measurement this has been an amazing month in Central Otago.
The forecast extremely cold weather still failed to appear so we will just have to make sure we are in the area next winter, it's tough, but I'm sure we'll cope ;-)
This is the first time since we started our travels three and a half years ago that we have been in one spot for more than eight weeks. It goes to show how much we have enjoyed it that we will be sad to leave the area. However, we are heading back to Canterbury which is great because we can catch up with friends and family, that does tend to result in less time out walking so you'll have to enjoy the bumper crop of images this month as next month is likely to be a little light on content.
The first thing to amaze me this month is how much I've enjoyed Queenstown and how easy it is to get out of the hustle and bustle of the central area in to peace and quiet. There are so many amazing walks in the area we'll be able to explore them for years in different seasons and not get bored.
The next thing to take my breath away has been new food experiences. Part of this month I've been working with the wonderful team at The Bannockburn Hotel creating a set of images of their menu to use on their website. Naturally when taking pictures of food it is compulsory to make sure there is no waste, even if the food in question wouldn't be your first choice. So it was with trepidation that I tried sardines and then white anchovies. Oh wow, both of these dishes, in particular the white anchovies, were stunning and I'll never forget that first taste of wonderful fresh palette cleansing flavour. Thank you to Andy for convincing me that this would be a good thing to do :-)
As if we hadn't experienced enough we had the good fortune of chatting with a french paraglider we met on the Queenstown Gondola. We mentioned that we were considering the idea and he suggested that if we were going to then we should go from Coronet Peak as the views, especially in winter, are amazing. We booked ourselves in and put ourselves at the mercy of our pilots as we walked off the side of the mountain and gently, for the most part, made our way back down to earth. Having found a decent thermal we continued to climb and then with a series of very tight turns we lost height in what can only be described as the best roller coaster ride ever! Life is most definitely good.
The rest of our time has been spent soaking up the remarkable scenery of this area and the ever changing weather patterns. What an amazing three months it has been, Otago, we'll be back!