…and back again.
I think I’ve come to the conclusion that travelling has limited appeal for me these days.
Seeing old familiar places and people is lovely. Seeing new places and meeting new people is exciting. New tastes and trends, unfamiliar tongues, all wonderful.
It’s the travelling bit that I’m getting tired of. Being herded onto enormous aeroplanes with far too many seats and no elbow room has lost any romantic appeal it might have had. Perhaps I’m just getting old?
So, did I have fun in the Land of the Long White Cloud? Yes!
This was a family-oriented trip, but I did set aside one day for playtime. I’d heard about the art exhibitions held in a woolshed, but had never timed my holidays to coincide until now.
So…off we went, in bright sunshine, heading for the wildlife sanctuary at Tawharanui.
Yes, it does look a bit like something from Hobbiton! And I think the Hobbits might have managed things a little better. A lot better, probably!
We stopped at Warkworth (see my banner, above) for coffee and The Man picked up a brochure about the Woolshed show. A very helpful woman suggested he might also like to see another show, nearby, and gave him another brochure.
Coffee-fuelled, we set off for the first exhibition, by the Mahurangi Group.
wonderful weathered barn, housing some stunning art.
Regular readers will be familiar with Barnacle Goose in my comments. Over the past year or so, Carol and I have formed a wonderful cyber-friendship and we hoped to meet at Tawharanui.
Well, sometimes Fate has other plans…
We’re standing in front of some woven iron strips by popular artist, Jeff Thomson.
And guess who we bumped into, a couple of hours later at the Tawharanui show?
I do have a few more pictures, but have not sorted them all yet and there’s a bit of yard work to do ahead of the cyclone.
Yes, Ului is expected to cross the coast tonight or tomorrow morning. Although some way north of us and downgraded to Category 2, it’s still going to be pretty breezy so we’re battening hatches and restraining loose objects.
There was some “panic-buying” at the supermarket yesterday. All I can say is if one family eats ALL the cans of beans they bought it will contribute greatly to methane emissions…