Oh well, you can't have everything. There is a severe weather warning in force today, with a 'weather bomb' due to hit at around 3 this afternoon. I'd better try and get my sightseeing in early!
I traveled west to see a Kauri shop in Awanul followed by a Maori ran backpackers
in Kaitaia. The Kauri wood is dug up after having been buried for
around 40 000 years and cut and shaped into all sorts of pretty
God it can rain! Floods, fallen trees, washed away roads, I drove through, around and over them all today.
I got lost again getting back to Margaret's place, only this time I had to
drive through floods avoiding branches and other debris that had
been blown into the road. I decided to give up and head back to
the main road. I somehow came across their letterbox (I've still
no idea how) and forced my little gutless (no
power, not strong) little hire car up the stone track to
I got back just in time. A couple of hours later the wind was howling and
the rain was lashing against the windows. It did mean that I got
to have my second candlelit dinner in a week, only this one wasn't
out of choice but rather 'cos the power had gone out.