In March I flew to NZ for my week of soul catching. (this photo I got from the Manawatu Estuary Trust - Bird Sanctuary facebook page and was taken by Terry Oliver-Ward who posts wonderful photos of Foxton Beach bird life) - of Godwits and I spent my arrival day at Foxton Beach checking out the bird life. Sadly it was raining - a lot - and I couldn't meander as much as I would have liked. on the Sunday they had a day of farewelling the Godwits when they set off on their marathon flight to Alaska to breed. Amazing.
There is a viewing platform and since it was raining and I only had sandals I stayed there and just got wet. The Estuary is always interesting and somewhere I roamed a lot when I was young, biking to Foxton Beach - you could go anywhere so long as you were back before dark and for tea.
My view of the birds and other wild life was a little limited
The Pukeho - I saw a few running around
On Day 2 Bev and I went on the river road trip up the Wanganui River - I did a wee bit last year and it was on my bucket list.
I had actually done some preparation which is unusual for me and I took lots of photos and printed then our on my sprocket - love this little photo printer - so easy to use.
The countryside is lovely and - the river winds its way up
We drove through to Jerusalem but some of my photos will not turn around - this letterbox was made for us - The Sisters
Now you have to turn your head on the side to check out Bev in front of the church - Jerusalem is famous for James K Baxter and the church which is in pristine condition with seats to sit on and things to do for religious people. We enjoyed the gardens.
Drove through to Raetihi for coffee and a bite to eat and then drove back to Palmerston North via brilliant countryside
This is such a beautiful photo so I am only sorry it is on its side.
And the back of my zig zag book