Today was a great chance for a rest in idyllic surroundings! My foot was really sore and I was hobbling pretty badly!! That was my excuse to put my feet up for most of the day :-) I did, however, finally managed to get some blogs done - I still couldn’t get WiFi Direct to connect the phone and camera but could connect both to J & C’s WiFi network and transfer photos that way. Nothing is ever as simple as it should be.
The others headed off for a day’s cycling up the Arrow River track - Jane S apparently persuaded Graham to head over Big Hill with her while the remainder, I believe, went up the 4wd road we had come down the day before yesterday!! No rest for the wicked.
Along with a bit of rest, Belinda had a great time harvesting produce - including apricots, cherries, raspberries, blackcurrants and redcurrants. It's amazing to have all these things growing on the property - Jane and Chris are amazing the way they have such a broad range of produce growing, especially with the busy lives they lead!
After everyone was back, Jane was convinced my deep blood blister should be lanced!! I finally decided to consult our son Gray who assured me that, in theory at least, it should disperse - and that opening it up might be OK if I could keep it clean (that wasn't going to happen!) - so I decided not to accept Jane’s kind offer of surgery!! We had a lovely dinner with the whole group - it is always great to meet interesting new people and share stories :-) The plan for tomorrow was that Chris could drive us (a long way!) around to the trailhead at the Greenstone carpark. The others were thinking about taking the jetboat up to Glenorchy to spend some time doing trips up the Dart River, but were likely to be going later in the morning. With that plan set we headed off for another night’s bed sleep before it was back to tents and huts for a few days!!
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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"!!