We also went to the local beach to collect drift wood to frame the piece I made in the first week I was here, and we found this amazing piece that looks like a dragon, for Jane’s garden.
My final week was spent on the North Island too.
I hired another car and went off to Lake Taupo and Rotorua.
The drive up there was amazing, more mountains, more lakes, more rivers, more oooooh’s and arrrrr’s from me as I was driving.
Then I hit the desert area, now it is a real shame that this is the Army testing and exercise area, as there are literally no places to stop, but I did sneak in one stop. The landscape is like the moors in England, beautiful purple heathers, and gauze type shrubs, the difference here is the amount of Pampas grasses, huge clumps of them in the normal parchment colour and beautiful shades of pinks and purples too. Though I could not stop and take a photo there is a stream that runs down a little ravine, bubbling over rocks and all sparkling in the sunshine, with the most amazing mix of heathers and pampas grasses…. The picture is seared into my mind as one of the most beautiful things I have seen here, just a shame I cannot share it with you all.