When the pohutukawa blooms there's no denying Christmas is getting closer. It's not called the Kiwi Christmas Tree for no reason. I think Antipodean Holly is appropriate too. The pohutukawa around here are not in flower just yet but they are almost in full bloom along the coast.
My daughter and I parked under one last weekend when we took a drive to Pataua South for a picnic lunch.
Pataua South is a small coastal settlement of about 100 houses (mostly holiday homes) that still maintains that untouched feel. It's on the banks of the Pataua River and is connected to Pataua North by a footbridge. It's a pleasant half hour drive from Whangarei, so just over an hour from here. Leone and I went for a walk across the bridge, then she carried on through Pataua North to the surf beach, where the strong wind did not invite her to linger.
Same bridge, different seasons, high tide and low tide
The bridge is just wide enough for people to pass. It's a popular spot for youngsters to leap into the water at high tide.
I'm totally frustrated with Blogger. I know I'm no tech whizz but I'm like that all the time. Why can't Blogger be the same all the time? Instead of having days like today where there's a huge white space at the bottom of my post? It's very annoying. Never mind, I'm off to take photos at a wedding this afternoon, that should lift my spirits.