Our journey over the last couple of years has taught us a lot about ourselves and we have realised more and more that our life on the road is not coming to an end anytime soon so those, absolute must keep items....well, they need to find new homes.
Before tackling the mountain of items in storage we had some time around Nelson and enjoying beautiful little places like Mapua. The last time we were in Mapua there was a heap of building work going on around the place and we were a bit concerned that it would lose its charm. Needn't have worried though as the new building ties in perfectly with the old and now this great little place is buzzing with people most weekends enjoying coffee, wine, food and some stunning ice-creams.
It was only a couple of years ago that we happened across the Riwaka Resurgence and instantly fell in love with the place, as close to a cathedral like feeling in nature as you are likely to discover, no wonder the Maori hold this spot in such high regard. I did wonder if my memories of the place were through rose tinted glasses but it turned out to be even more peaceful and beautiful than I remembered. A cloudy day made for some perfect photographic opportunities as we spent a few lovely hours just enjoying the peace, quiet and saying hello to the occasional tourist.
We used to live about an hours drive from Hanmer Springs meaning this was a place we had visited many times but never really stayed long to properly explore it. Three days is definitely not long enough to get out and about around this area so I'll be looking forward to getting back in to it later in the year. Undoubtedly the highlight of our few days were the two trips we made out to Lake Tennyson. The first day was constant rain, followed by a bit more rain and very low cloud......just how I wanted it to be as this makes for some dramatic photographic conditions. The next morning I headed back out for sunrise and what a difference a day makes as the whole area looks completely different and a lot less menacing when the sun is out!
Not so many images this month, and quite probably less next month as we continue the assault on our old possessions.......but then we will hit the road again.