I'll be honest and say that on the first of September I had a real concern there may not be any images for me to share by the time I got to the end of the month. After our epic trip to Denmark and Greenland with a few thousand images still to edit I just had no inclination to pick up the camera and add to my pile! So, for the first time in over three years I didn't pick up the camera everyday and hoped that at some point something would inspire me to pick it up again.....preferably before October ;-)
Well readers I am happy to report that inspiration did indeed come and it was when we found ourselves staying at the wonderful Department of Conservation grounds of Godley Heads. This is a peninsula that sits out just east of Christchurch and was used during the war as a base for gun emplacements and bunkers. Being quite high up on this spot gave great views across to Christchurch and out to the horizon and rising sun. It's an exposed spot so weather was changeable and we quite often found ourselves surrounded by cloud.......and that was my inspiration as the light playing on the hills was stunning. Suddenly the camera was out, batteries charged and a smile was on my face :-)
Godley Heads has some great walking tracks that take you through fields which were teeming with sheep and the ever comical spring lambs who tried very hard to be brave until a bleat from Mum would have them running back to her for safety and another feed.
After a couple of great weeks full of walking around the heads we hitched up and made our way to Mackenzie Country on our continuing journey south towards Mt Cook. Geraldine was our first stop followed by Fairlie. Geraldine starts to give you a glimpse of what is to come and then Fairlie really brings on the scenery with, at this time of year, Mt Dobson and surrounding peaks covered in snow, it really is breathtaking and reminds me of what awaits us when we get to Tekapo and beyond in October.
Some lovely chilled out walking around this area and, naturally, a visit to the stunning Fairlie Bakehouse whose pies are legendary throughout the country. I'll leave this months update with the memory of an amazing pork belly and apple sauce pie with perfectly cooked crackling sat on top......yummy :-). I may have to have another one before we leave the area and put in an image for October ;-). Until then, here are some images of our travels this month.