Friday, December 29, 2017

December 2017

Goat Island Marine Reserve
A good month catching up with family and friends and going to endless Christmas functions and BBQs. Water at Goat Island so lovely and warm, so good snorkelling too. Many visitors staying in our bed and breakfast room, from Auckland, Waiheke, UK and Waikato. Hot sunny days but garden so dry. Continuing to paint our huge roof, with another large section now complete.

November 2017

Crib at Toko Mouth
A great month for getting away. First a few days in Miranda - cycling, birdwatching and enjoying the hot pools. Then we flew to Dunedin, picked up a hire car and drove to Toko Mouth. A lovely spot by almost deserted beach and estuary. Next day we visited and stayed at the Catlins. Lots of beach and bush walks, lots of birds, sea lions, seals, waterfalls and more. Our southern holiday finished with 2 days at Otago Peninsula with 2 boat trips, a visit to the Albatross Colony, walks to Victory Beach and others

Saturday, October 7, 2017

October 2017

Still many wet days but it is warming up. We have had many bookings for our bed & breakfast room and have spent many days tidying up the garden after winter. Managed to get away camping at Wenderholm and Tawharanui. We also helped in the nursery at Tawharanui and did some planting too. Labour weekend was busy with a couple of guests who enjoyed visiting various things in the area. 

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

September 2017

It's been a cool September but we had our first bed & breakfast guests since our trip away last month. They came to enjoy one of the great gigs that are held at the Leigh Sawmill Cafe. At the Auckland Museum we enjoyed the wonderful wildlife photographs on display. Volunteer work at the Tawharanui nursery has been a lot of fun with a variety of jobs including collecting seeds and planting - all to the sounds of the bellbirds, tui and saddlebacks. Always nice to spot a takahe or three.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

August 2017

Our holiday in Sri Lanka went really well. Such lovely people, great wildlife and many interesting places to visit. Our driver/guide was amazing and always on the look out to spot some wildlife to show us.
We were sad to leave this wonderful island. Then it was off to Kuala Lumpur for a few nights before heading home and back to the cold.

July 2017

July was a sad month saying goodbye to Jenny's mother. We caught up with our Australian family again at the big family gathering to celebrate Fay's life. A chance to recover then we packed our bags again, this time to head to Sri Lanka. Our first few days there include a city tour of Colombo, Wasgamuwa National Park and off to Kandy.

June 2017

A family trip to Sydney was very enjoyable catching up with all the family that live in NSW. We also visited the Vivid light show in the city which was beautiful. Walks included beaches, lakes and bush, mostly near the Lake Haven area.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

May 2017

During May we helped on two nights at Tawharanui, listing to and recording kiwi calls. Jenny joined the volunteer library to help out and Tony was busy with preparations for a Double gold star (50 years) award night at the Leigh Fire Brigade.
On a nice, calm day we dived off our boat into clear water for an exceptional dive near the entrance to Leigh Harbour. We saw snake eels, porcupine fish, stargazer, sponges, goatfish and much more.

April 2017

Te Arai Beach
On a beautiful sunny day we visited Te Arai and walked a track in the Te Arai Regional Park with views overlooking the northern end of Pakiri Beach.
Another day we cycled from Te Atatu Peninsula to Pt Chev, alongside the western motorway.
A few wet days were great for seeing some great movies at the Matakana Cinemas.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

March 2017

During March we had friends staying from Cambridge, UK. We had a short break away as well enjoying cycling on the Waikato River Trails, watching the hot air balloons in Hamilton and catching up with family.
The fire brigade had a raft race in Whangateau Harbour which was great to see and photograph.

February 2017

It's been a great February with many visitors staying in our bed and breakfast. Calm conditions have made it wonderful for our visitors to enjoy Goat Island Marine Reserve. Only downside was that our very old pussycat - Tiger - died. He will be missed!

Sunday, February 19, 2017

January 2017

The year started with a sunny month with calm seas and good conditions at Goat Island plus very little rain. We visited the Ti Pt Reptile Park which we enjoyed a lot. Many visitors stayed in our bed & breakfast room and inbetween we managed to get part of our roof painted.