On the road again, this time to Christchurch.. We had lived in Christchurch for a couple of years from 1998 so knew it quite well. Having not visited the city since the quakes, I found it a very sobering experience. The yesteryear still lingers right next door to the hope and promise of tomorrow. Kia kaha Christchurch.
Next stop for us was visiting our longtime friends Jo and Andy in Purau (across from Lyttleton on Lyttleton harbour). A bonus for us was with it being Christmas, all the children were home so it was a great catch up all around. A truly lovely part of the country.
\nAndy, Ant, Phil and Arthur spent some time working on their property at Little River so I took the opportunity to go for a walk. Great views from the top, looking back down to Little River.
With Anthony's knee doing well, we made the decision to start walking again so it was a road trip back towards Invercargill with lunch in Oamaru. We stopped for the night in Gore and visited our nephew Sam and his gorgeous family. Heidi, Lucas, Riley and Sophia were all well and it really was nice to see them.
I have really enjoyed our road trip and it's great to get down south and see large sheep and beef farms in operation. There is plenty of feed about down here with the stock looking great. Many of the ewes and lambs matching the size and condition of our own (that is, big and round). The stock with access to the beach or even near the sea seemed to have an edge. I wondered if it was the influence of salt and minerals blown in from the sea supplementing their diet.... just a thought.....
Belinda and Anthony (aka Tony) Hadfield made a decision, in their late 50's, to do something a "bit different" and walk New Zealand's 3000km Te Araroa Trail over summer 2015/16 - although updates will now tell you that this plan will take longer now!!. As the old saying goes - "don't leave home 'til you've seen the country"!!