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. 

December 2016

Warm, sunny days for December with a few wet ones too. The pohutukawa trees around our village are looking great. We enjoyed a family get together at Mac Brew Bar in Ellerslie and had many other good Christmas functions too. Our bed & breakfast was pretty busy and the end of 2016 went quickly past.

Saturday, November 5, 2016

November 2016

The month started with a book launch at the fire station where we had a great turnout. Later in the month we will have the Leigh Volunteer Fire Brigade 50th celebrations. First a bit of a break camping at Tawharanui Regional Park. A place that is our favourite when you can do almost everything: cycle, walk, swim, snorkel, bird watch, beach walks, bush walks and might even see the odd kiwi at night. Then later in the month camping at Waipu Cove and a visit to the caves too.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

October 2016

Our birthdays month so it was off to the movies followed by dinner at the Stables for the first one and something similar for the next. We joined other Leigh folks to watch rugby at the Leigh Bar, enjoying a delicious brunch.
A record number of Bed and breakfast guests stayed during October and in between we painted and waterblasted. Our ninth book was  printed by the end of the month by Bookprint in Glenfield, Auckland. Looks good. 

Sunday, September 4, 2016

September 2016

Goat Island, Leigh
Spring is here and the weather has warmed up.  We had a short break away at Paihia staying at the Beachside Holiday Park and cycled from Opua to the bridge. Also took the car ferry to Russell which was pretty quiet and the ferry is so cheap! Cycled Kaikohe to Ohaikau and really enjoyed the cheese and bacon scones at the little cafe there. Then we cycled back to Kaikohe. These cycle tracks are part of the 'yet to be completed' Twin Coast Cycleway.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

August 2016

Lake McKenzie, Fraser Island
Another break from winter for us as we flew to Queensland. We enjoyed 5 days in Brisbane where we cycled 2 days around the river. A couple of days at Mt Glorious gave us a change to walk through beautiful forests and the glass house mountains were our next stop. Then we finished our trip with 5 days in Hervey Bay. Again we cycled, enjoyed the Seafood Festival, walked along Urangan Pier, day visit to Fraser Island and watched local birds.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

July 2016

Stopping to enjoy the views on
 a nice calm day on the way to Omaha
Here we are in the middle of winter but we have also had some lovely sunny days for walks and cycle rides.
Several local community groups have planting days and weeding days this month so let's hope for good weather.
We are busy with the finalising of our next book on the first 50 years of the Leigh Volunteer Fire Brigade - a good job for those wetter days. 

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

June 2016

Cabriolet convertible
A fine time to leave NZ and head to a warmer climate - four hours away - Rarotonga. It was eight years since our last visit so we were keen to take a good look at this island paradise.
Our little rental car was waiting at the airport when we arrived at 1.25am, and we managed to find Mango Cottage, our accommodation for the next eleven nights.
Weather was pretty changeable but we snorkelling numerous times, cycled around the island, explored and had the best meal at Vaima.

May 2016

A park in Warkworth
A change of season with the trees and vineyards all changing colour and dropping their leaves. We had some fine days for cycling at Omaha and for starting to put our garden shed together.
 "Eye in the Sky" was a good movies and the Jazz evening at the Sawmill was very enjoyable too.
The last day of May we planning to help with the kiwi calls at Tawharanui but alas the weather was not good for it.

April 2016

Mangawhai Coastal Walk
We enjoyed a few days away at Mangawhai visiting their new museum, doing the coastal walk and an all too short trip, but not far from home.
Another good Leigh event was the Raft Race in Whangateau Harbour which was very successful with lots of entrants and spectators ensuring it will happen again next year.