Don't get me wrong, I love visiting Taranaki, my daughter and her family and the visits on my way down there and coming back with my other daughter. But nothing beats coming home again, the comfort of the familiar sights and routines. And attending a stretch class. How my body misses those strenuous stretch classes. No matter how hard I try on my own I don't push myself like I do in class. And I do so enjoy the company of the other ladies who attend this class. This morning, from my position on the floor I could see out the door, across the lawn and burial ground of the marae to the other side of the harbour. Who could ask for more?
I flew down to Taranaki on a very early flight, leaving Auckland in the dark and watching day break along the way.
Mt Ruapehu in the distance. It sits in the middle of the island, roughly 250 kms from the coast.
I should have known from the strong colours in the sky that morning that rough weather was ahead.
But why worry about what can't be changed when there is a beautiful early morning to enjoy? The morning was still and clear, the sun just starting to touch the tops of trees along the roadside. No snow on Mt Taranaki as yet. It's been unseasonally warm lately.
It wasn't long before the rough weather moved in and the mountain, which can most times be seen from this spot, is hiding behind the fog and mist.
Not that I cared too much about the weather. I had a lovely visit with the family. And when I went down to the harbour to take another photo this morning it had started to cloud over and now it is raining here. Well, trying to rain.