- December 14, 2017 at 9:27 am #1658444
Good morning don5. You must have had more rain than we have in Wellington over the last month. We have water restrictions down here and things are looking pretty serious.
Wainuiomata is a small town just over the hill from the north east end of Wellington Harbour. Grass everywhere in the Wellington region has turned yellow and is crunchy underfoot. Gardeners in the area are using all the ‘grey’ water from household waste in an effort to keep their gardens alive.
It’s funny how the darned weeds seem to thrive when everything else is drooping and gasping for water.
PS: I’ve added (Wellington) to my signature for others to see where our lovely little town is.
Supergold-Wainuiomata (Wellington)December 14, 2017 at 9:52 am #1658450
And a very good morning to you supergold
I came home from Australia last Tuesday expecting to see my plants dead, but not only are they alive, their thriving, so i guess we must have had a shower or two. I was on a Murray river trip of 14 days, and the first days the temperature was 41, next couple of days 39, then the remainder hovering on 37, and with the little black flies and the heat, who wants to live there. 😈 😈 😈
New Zealand is a paradise, and thats from a born Aussie 😀 😀 😀December 14, 2017 at 10:09 am #1658455
AggieMemberMember since: July 30, 2006
Do tell us about your trip Don, so envious, I almost got there but d.in.law was too sick. Quite cold and dull here in the garden city today, temp 19o but back to 29o tomorrow. We have just had 20 bales of pea straw delivered, nice little stack on the back lawn. The auld wan’s Chrissy present to remind him of hay making at this time of the year on the farm. He will eventually take it a bale at a time on the sack barrow and make a wee stack down by the shed. Excellent mulch for the garden and some for the floor of the glass house that is now used for a chook house. Have to keep these old fellas occupied.December 14, 2017 at 11:07 am #1658462
bobbityMemberMember since: September 14, 2006
Aggie, thank you for the pea straw tip. I’ve never used it but will just have to go look see if I’m able to get some. 🙂
SG, I’m longing for rain, it’s one of the loves of my life, but so far only a drizzle or two. I was shocked to hear of your plight re dryness on the news, so very glad you got some at last. (I could listen to that video forever!) I used to have a friend at Wainuiomata, she was the daughter of the chief of the local Maori tribe, a beautiful girl who eventually died far too young. I visited them there several times. Your township might look different today. 🙂
Don, I think things cooled off in some areas while you were away. I’m in Auckland and we are covering up a bit more again as the weather has cooled off. Such a relief! I know it’s going to get so hot again though, and I find it pretty intolerable. 🙂
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♫♪✿(◠‿◠)✿♥♫♪December 14, 2017 at 12:42 pm #1658474
I did two recent Murray river trips, the first i flew to Adelaide, and joined the boat at Goolwa, then 8 days on, arrived at Mildura, about 1200 km, the second trip, i flew to Melbourne, caught the train to Albury, joined the boat there, and for 14 days wandered slowly down the Murray river to Mildura,, about 1500km, then on both trips flying home from Mildura, Melb, Auckland.
I can highly recommend any trips on the Murray River by this operator, Spirit Australia Cruises.December 14, 2017 at 6:20 pm #1658502
drlivingstoneMemberMember since: October 22, 2006
Making plans to return to Kaikoura next year with the “engineering feats of the roads opening tomorrow. Desis family began in Kaikoura and there is a lot of history there of them. We love the views across The Peninsula to The seaward Kaikoura mountains. We have rented before accomodation as Grownups group in Goose Bay and on The Peninsula. and our fave spot in a motorhome is still by Boat Harbour on coast.
Peoples Republic Of ChristchurchDecember 14, 2017 at 6:46 pm #1658511
Don5, it’s lovely to hear about your trips along the Murray River. I had a look at the Spirit Australia Cruises site and they have quite a variation on offer and all seem to be very reasonably priced.
My son lived for quite some time in Mildura don5 and said it was consistently terribly hot, especially for a kiwi but he did say the Murray River cruises are wonderful. He came back to NZ 10 years ago and had to laugh that he now swelters when our temperatures here reach the high 20 degs. He wonders how he managed to survive consistent 40+ without the benefit of air conditioning.
Thank you for sharing and I look forward to hearing more about your adventures.
Supergold-Wainuiomata (Wellington)December 15, 2017 at 3:12 pm #1658587
Good Afternoon supergold, thank you for your comments.
Perhaps a cheaper alternative for just 2 or three people is The River Wren Houseboats.
I had one with a friend a couple of years ago, hiring it near Murray Bridge in South Australia. This vessel needs two people to operate it, one on the controls, one to do the tieing up to a tree when you feel the need for a break. I did 275 km up stream and 275 km back over 12 days. The total cost was about $1200/00 AUS including fuel, plus food. Its takes 15 minutes instruction to get the hang of operating it, plus you have to have a vehicle driving license, plus there is a deposit to pay, and hopefully get back if you havnt pranged the boat. You stop where you like within reason, tie up, have a wine and a meal and a snooze, and relax.
Im thinking of doing it again a lot longer next time if i can get someone to come with me, as you must have two people to operate it.December 15, 2017 at 4:17 pm #1658589
Sounds wonderful don5. I hope you can find someone you get on well with and who is also competent in boat handling and mooring duties.
I went on a GrownUps river cruise 2 years ago from Vienna to Amsterdam. It too was wonderful. Avalon River Cruises have stunning boats and stop at many interesting towns on the trip. I was away from NZ for almost a month and had a wonderful time. Temps in Europe were phenomenal and most days aboard we had 40+ deg. Couldn’t stop at some scheduled places because the river levels were dropping and we had to hurry along to the next deep water. It all added to the interest.
Last year I went on a trip organised by Grownups to Vietnam and Cambodia. Beautiful countries and both so very different. We had a river cruise of about 8 days down the Mekong River to Cambodia. Again the cruise was an Avalon boat. Quite different to the European boats but very well appointed. The highlight of the trip was the visit to Angkor Wat. Incredible place.
Supergold-Wainuiomata (Wellington)December 15, 2017 at 4:52 pm #1658591
mommabear70MemberMember since: February 20, 2017
Been into our local Vodafone shop today to do the mobile topups and came away with a lovely Christmas bonus that includes unlimited broadband 200mb speed, tv box, unlimited free national calls. And the best thing is the monthly bill saves us $30. 😛 😛
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