Visualise yourself tramping in misty mountains, emerald fjords, ancient fern-cloaked forests, cascading waterfalls and kilometres of half empty black and white sandy beaches. By the way, we call hiking "tramping", down here in New Zealand. One of the main reasons I am writing this post is my personal experience in seeing visitors unprepared for tramping. … Continue reading Want to go Hiking in New Zealand?
As you know, it is the prime picnic season here in New Zealand. Even though it is Autumn our temperatures are still screaming "summertime". Remember my post about picnics? If not, here it is; Cake Crumbs and Beach Sand. Well, this got me thinking about the good old common sandwich. Which would be a delight… Continue reading The Everlasting Sandwich
“The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.” — William Shakespeare Volunteering is something I have done throughout my life for various reasons. At the present time, the question I needed to answer was; "What was I going to do with myself now that we weren't… Continue reading The Value of Volunteering
My day started with much anticipation, it was due to a nagging thought "Am I fit enough?". "Only time will tell", I repeatedly told myself as I was driven towards the Wairoa River parking area to meet up with other fellow hikers. Once they arrived, we then headed off towards south of Katikati then to… Continue reading Hiking Mt Eliza Mine Loop
Who doesn't enjoy Italy for its food, the wine, the long warm sultry nights during summer, the outside dining atmosphere, the history and the abundance of my favourite tree, the Olive? Well, for us it is one country we have visited on more than one occasion, and we were to be heading there this year… Continue reading Postcards from Italy
It had to be done. I have been telling myself I needed another exercise challenge. Especially now that me and my new tramping boots are rediscovering the New Zealand bush and my leg muscles. Time to take the Mount on once again and make it a regular thing. That is the theory! Whether it is… Continue reading The Climb up Mount Maunganui [Mauao]
Summer's here! Down in the depths of the Southern Hemisphere, that is. Yes, I know not the most profound statement to be made on this blog. Though we usually do sing out quite loudly even from rooftops most years when the month changes from December to January and then February. As the temperatures on land… Continue reading Cake Crumbs and Beach Sand