I’m back from my travels…. I got back last night however the internet was not working! Shock horror! Luckily I was so tired I just didn’t really care and just fell into bed straight away…. It’s always lovely to come home and sleep in your own bed isn’t it?
I went on a quick trip to Turangi for a flying visit on a family related mission…. If you look on the map below, you will see Wellington at the bottom and in the centre of the North Island there is a huuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuge lake called Lake Taupo. Just below Taupo is a teeny-tiny town called Turangi which is where KB was born and raised.
I got the bus up there on Monday which took 6 hours and managed to snap some shots of the scenery of the lower half on the North Island for you all!!!!
As I have made this journey from Wellington to Taupo about… um… one million times in my life, I find it particularly boring until we hit the central plateau, however, thinking of what my bloggy-type friends would think of the lush green-ness, I began to look at it through fresh eyes, and really appreciated the beauty!
Remember I took these from the window of the bus, so we were whizzing past!
This next shot shows the viaduct where my Nana and Grandad would stop every year on our New Years trip to Taupo for tea and Nana’s home-made christmas mince pies…. I always think of them when I go past, naturally!!!!!!!!!!!!
We stopped at a cafe/farm for refreshments…. Think greasy tea rooms circa 1980 with overpriced, badly made coffee, but toilets! So who cares!!!! Plus…. Flat Hills is home to many lovely tame farm animals! I love tame animals, they have this beautiful innocence and trust that has been fostered with so much love….
I met the cow who told me her name was Daisy (she’s not so original huh?)
A funny one horned goat….
A very cool sheep with a black tongue!
An incredibly good-looking rooster….
And a really stinky pig…. this pig smelled like a rotten, dead pig, but he was really happy looking and was lying in the sun grunting, so I couldn’t help but love him!
Do you know what was funny? I made this journey alone, and when I arrived at Turangi I showed KB the pictures and she who has made this bus trip 6 times since August RECOGNISED all the animals!!! I think she needs to drive next time and skip this farm all-together!
So we were herded back onto the bus and that was great because we then only have 90 minutes to go, and we were about to reach a part of New Zealand that I love passionately and have since, well, forever! The central plateau is home to three active volcanoes, Ruapehu, Ngaruahoe and Tongariro, and I managed to get a few decent bus shots!
First is the biggest, Mt Ruapehu, which last had activity in 2007 and before that, in 1995 it had actitity happening for 9 months! It’s just amazing….
I love these volcanoes….. their energy and power makes me feel alive and…. I’m trying to find words to explain the feeling of power that flows through me when I’m there…. the connectedness…. it’s incredible. My sun sign and moon sign are fire signs, so I am deeply attracted to geothermal activity….. I love it……
In this next shot, to the far right of the picture is Ngaruahoe…
Cone shaped perfection! It is a very volcano looking volcano! And thanks to the gods of cropping, I have a lovely close-up shot too!
Tongariro is further on and not as visible as the others, but to the left of Ngaruahoe….
We stayed for two nights, during which we got to see KB and my nieces, one of whom we haven’t seen for three years…. I was shocked that she is now a TEENAGER and I was expecting her ten year old self to be climbing all over me, wanting piggy back rides and playing horses, but no!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I forgot they had gotten older! It was lovely to see these beautiful girls and have a bit of hook/ knitting lessons with the younger one!
As I spent a grand total of 12 hours on a bus, I decided it was the perfect time to teach myself how to knit in the round on double pointed needles as there were no distractions of other projects! There was also no Mum, no instructions, no google…. I had to work it out or I would be bored to death, and work it out I did!!! I cast on and sat there looking at it…. contemplating…. then realised that as a lefty I should turn it upside down and inside out, so I did, and I did!
And completed a pair of arm warmers!
It’s funny how knitting the Harvey Kimono (update coming soon!) has made me expand my knitting horizons! I bought this beautiful merino wool and found myself thinking “I don’t want a seam in my arm warmers! I want some seamless beautiful tubes!” So there we go, they are by no means perfect, and they have a HOLE!!!! it has been sooooooooo long since I made a hole in my knitting! But the next pair is on the needles and much better already!
I wore the finished warmers today and they’re the best!
So we’re home now, and it’s nice to be home, nice to see Raymond who spent the time at his downstairs family’s place, nice to come home to my chair….
I have a back-log of creative happies to show you!!! Here’s a sneaky peek of my next post….
I’m excited about having a check around all of my blog-friends places to see what you’ve been up to now!!!! I hope your week has been full of fun and creativity!
Lots and lots of love, from Alice and Raymond XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX