Life seems to be moving faster these past months for folk around our part of the world, more cars and more pedestrians out and about in downtown Tauranga. Our city centre is going through significant changes and how we live—more apartments with shopping underneath. Earthquake strengthening is the primary driver in shops being empty. Having patience, positivity and confidence in those who are managing these new changes are needed. I know it’s a giant leap to trust any city council always to do the right thing for it’s ratepayers without hidden or not so hidden agendas.
Thankfully, those giant cranes and workers stop at our side of the Matapihi bridge. I find the journey over the said bridge a lovely contrast to city life. As life is quieter over there and where Twiggy the Kunekune pig still resides. She has a mate now, in the form of a fattened sheep. I know I did mention Twiggy had parted ways with life and became pork roast in a previous post. Once again, I was wrong, for there she was more significant than life itself. I could tell she wasn’t watching her waistline anymore as her hoofs barely touched the ground when lying on her side. Perhaps, her human family move her now and again for respite care and a change of scenery. Unless I knock on the front door to find out, that won’t happen as the house doesn’t look like one that encourages strangers to call asking questions. Some of life’s mysteries will never be answered.
Rain, more rain and kissing the pavement stone
Bucket loads of rain, more in some areas than others. So far, we haven’t had as much as the Canterbury plains down South. Walking has been a highlight of our month; similar to May, our raincoats and we had a few outings together. What was different from the previous month was my spectacular cartoon act with legs being parallel to the ground and landing with a thud on my ass with the final encore of kissing the pavement stone. After regaining my composure, the only thing that was damaged was my pride, with the sheer annoyance of it happening as I am usually so careful. Luckily no broken bones. The next day, I had the opportunity to glare at the offending paving stones and bypassed them, not wishing to push my luck. Never trust paving stones; they have a weird sense of humour about how they can entertain themselves during stormy days.
A small roadtrip to Auckland
Yes, it was that time again to check in with how the Squire’s Specialist and his team are progressing with his Stem Cell Transplant procedure. All is moving along at a good pace, considering the world chaos and the huge demand for cancer services. So, we wait, and we wait, and one day it will all fall into place. In the meantime, we find distractions to keep focused on the “present”.
The best part of this trip was finding the most delectable meat pie we have ever had the opportunity to experience. The perfect lunch as we stopped on our way through the foggy cold Waikato region. We were too busy eating to capture that enjoyable moment, which means you will have to use your imagination.
Here are some more memorable moments
Connecting with Ju from Touring My Backyard for The Changing Seasons