NZ DAY 83
WORKAWAY: Whanganui 8- 29th January
WHANGANUI RIVER : Bridge to Nowhere 7KM ( Total KM's walked 1000)
Feeling very humble today due to the generosity of our host Jane & Kelly. Last night they surprised us with a voucher for a day trip to the Bridge To Nowhere. So this morning we crossed the river. and headed of to nowhere....well actually somewhere.The Bridge To Nowhere is an iconic destination in Whanganui National Park and is the largest intact structure relating to Mangapurua Valley Soldier Settlement.
HIGHLIGHT: It was great to see the river in a different light. After paddling down river for 5 days, it was interesting to go up river.
LOWLIGHT: No low lights today had a great day.
Today I am grateful for today a perfect day with lots of fun and laughter with The Spunky rooster. Grateful for good people in the world like Jane & Kelly. Grateful for laughter and how good it feels to laugh.
NZ DAY 76
Today I am grateful for insight and understanding that learning and growth come in many forms. If you want to be “knowledgeable “ just open up you eyes,ears, heart and mind and you will learn. I am grateful for the rain today as I’m feeling a little lazy and rain means I can stay inside, yes that’s a little naughty. Grateful I love myself enough not to start bashing myself up about being naughty
NZ DAY 75
I am grateful for the small things we take for granted things like being healthy (which is a big thing but we tend to trivialise it), enough money to take care of myself, being loved by good people, feeling safe in my environment, all the things some people daily fight for.
I am super grateful to the universe for putting great people like Jane & Kelly into my adventure.
Grateful to my son in law to be (Andy) for making an effort and loving my daughter the way she needs to be love.
NZ DAY 73
Had the day of today so went into Whanganui, very interesting town steeped in Maori history.
Kō au te Āwa, kō te Āwa kō au. I am the river, the river is me.
We went to the Glass works as Whanganui it is famed for its glass art with over 400 resident artists. The studio had some amazing pieces of glass art. Unfortunately the kiln was being broken down for maintenance so nobody was working.
Also went to the Durie Hill Elevator it is NZ’s only public underground elevator and one of only two in the world. A pedestrian tunnel leads to the elevator and at the top the panoramic views of the Tasman Sea, Mount Ruapehu and Mount Taranaki. It was built to encourage people to buy property on the top of the hill.
I can see clearly now
Today I am grateful for acceptance of myself and others. This is something I have struggled with most of my life. I have been hard on myself and judgemental of other. Today I acknowledge that I have made big steps to accept the imperfect perfect person I am and that other people are the same. I am grateful for the opportunity to experience a lifestyle very different from my own, and the luxury to explore that lifestyle without having to commit to it. I am grateful for my gorgeous daughter and her tenacity in the challenge to change and her courage to stay true to who she is.
NZ DAY 72
Spent the day planning our South Island experience it looks like it's going to be fun. & day road trip then lot's of great walks.
So grateful for this gorgeous atmosphere to relax in. Grateful for space and time to ensure that my shin splint is well and truly healed.
NZ DAY 68
Today I learnt to use a mower
Grateful that I have so much to learn and that life is presenting me with lots of learning opportunities.
NZ DAY 67
Had a great day today working in the gardens loved it.
Meeting lots of different people
Grateful for being stronger than I think. Grateful to enjoy this amazing place.
NZ Day 66- 87
WORKAWAY: Flying Fox
For the next three weeks we are doing some volunteering through Workaway. We are helping at a place called The Flying Fox on the Whanganui river.
Today we picked plums then cut them up made jam, wine and stewed plums.
NZ DAY 63
PUTANGIRUA PINNACLES: 15KM (Total KM's walked 993)
Had a great day sightseeing with Nicola, went for a walk and finished the day with a classic NZ white wine.
You may recognise where we walked if you are a Lord of the Rings fan. It is the location for the scenes in The Return of the King as Aragorn, Legolas and Gimli ride along the Dimholt Road to meet the Army of the Dead .
HIGHLIGHT: The Pinnacles, I love the complexity of nature
Today I am grateful for friends and friendship. Finding your "tribe" and being part of a tribe is important to your health and wellbeing. When you have friends that you can share experiences and depend on it make life a lot sweeter. There is a message going around that says "Im glad friends don't come with price tags I could never afford the amazing friends I've got" This is how I feel.
NZ DAY 60
NORTHERN WALKWAY: Walk into Wellington 16KM (Total KM's walked 978)
Take in spectacular 360° views of the city, harbour,mountain ranges and the sea. Discover abandoned tunnels and the city’s oldest reserve. Steep in places, and can be done in stages. Catch the Cable Car back to the city.