Wow, we had expected to be impressed by the weather and scenery in Central Otago over winter but even those expectations have been blown away. The ever changing weather patterns from completely still fog covered days to brilliant sunshine blue sky days gives the landscape a very different feel from one day to the next. Actually, that's not quite right as when the fog settles in above Cromwell and there is no wind it can last for days!! However, a local did inform me that if I travelled up the Nevis road then I would drive above it. I did, and what a view, that really was breathtaking. Breaking through the cloud into bright sunshine and seeing a sea of cloud in the valley below me is a sight I'm not likely to forget in a hurry.
The other thing I hadn't appreciated was that day after day of freezing fog and a very gentle breeze leads to the most amazing fluffy hoar frost attaching itself to branches, grass, fences and anything else it can. I was fascinated because it was so delicate just like snow and would fall at the slightest touch so quite how it builds up in to the shapes it does is quite remarkable.
Naturally out in this environment means getting the gloves, wooly hat, winter jackets and decent boots on to rejuvenate the soul. We've had plenty of days just walking along shore lines or up in the hills with the most stunning views.....if I had any cobwebs before I got here then they have certainly gone now :-)
So looking forward to the next couple of months as the friendliness of the area is quite amazing. We may even go wild and do a few touristy things......but not the bungy jump, that's madness!
Hope you enjoy the images, there are quite a few this month sharing some of our travels.