Sunday, January 7, 2018

Update before the side road

I've lost the blogging mojo.  I can think of a few reasons why, none of them are very interesting.  But I want to keep the blog going as a diary for myself.  I've often found what I've been struggling to remember on my blog.  Thank heavens for Labels.    

So, before I head off on the side road I intend to take, let me first do a little update.

A couple of weeks before Christmas, I took a few friends for a visit to Pouto.  A young relative, Christine and her charming husband, Andrew welcomed us and showed us around in true hospitable Pouto style.  

Pouto never disappoints.

Bernie and I also had a day trip across to Glinks Gully on the west coast.  It was a windy, blustery day, quite chilly on the beach.  I've deleted my photos by mistake but they weren't very clear anyway.   It was too misty. 

Bernie was home for Christmas and we had lovely, family togetherness in the forest.   Lots of fun and activity.  Thanks to Georgia, Justine and Heather for organising the Family Survivor games for us all. 

The six year old testing one of the Survivor challenges

 Every Survivor game must include a puzzle.  The Pippa Pig puzzle took ages with so many fingers

  On a hot day a water slide is almost compulsory

And now it's 2018.  The highlight of the year so far has been a beautiful wedding at the lodge.   A bunch of energetic, creative young people turned the lodge and surrounds into a magical venue surrounded by bush.

They erected platforms and canopies and a "poruwa", a beautifully decorated, traditional wooden platform.  My introduction to Sri Lankan wedding customs and one I thoroughly enjoyed, despite the rain.

The poruwa
Quite a number of wedding guests camped in the nearby clearing and survived the storm which swept over the country quite well.

My favourite shot of the handsome couple.

The side road I mentioned above is a 52 Ancestors in 52 weeks challenge.  I don't know how it works but the first hint is:  Week 1 - Start so I will start tomorrow and find out.  I needed something to kick me back into family story mode.   I'm thinking I might do it on a separate blog.  Will ponder on that overnight. 


  1. Have a grand year and blog as and when the muse dictates.

    1. Happy New Year to you, Adrian. I enjoy my infrequent visits to your blog and that will continue if nothing else does.

  2. Well I hope that your blog does carry on even if you blog infrequently. You mentioned Pouto so much that I'm sure we must have been there but I can't recall it and I haven't blogged about it (so no memory help there then!). It looks as though you've had a good time one way and another.

    1. It's not your memory, Graham. I have never taken you to Pouto. It's an hour's drive down a peninsula and isolated. A bit of a little known treasure. None of my three friends had ever been and they get around a bit. But come back and I promise to put it at the top of the To Do list.

  3. Love your posts, and these images make me want to travel. Beautiful locations!

    Mersad Donko Photography

  4. Blog whenever you like, we will all be here.

  5. Beautiful pictures, and i'd love to follow this or another blog if you decide to keep going.

  6. Gosh that's a bit of a drive from you. I use to work in Dargaville in 2010, I miss parts of it.


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