I almost didn't notice the flowers on the banana tree, they are so subtle - and so pretty. We were pulling out
of the carpark at The Gallery and Cafe at Helena Bay where we'd enjoyed a
leisurely browse through the gallery and gardens. I had to fire off a quick shot through the car window as the little parking lot was very crowded and we didn't want to cause a traffic jam out in the middle of nowhere.
The gallery has some
beautiful pieces of artwork (at quite reasonable prices) and the hand
made jewelry is stunning. Unfortunately the piece that took my eye is a little beyond my means.
While we were there it was dismal and rainy, not the best for seeing the lush subtropical gardens and magnificent bush and sea views. We couldn't even see the sea but it's there I assure you.
I preferred this view through the trees, it looked more life like.
We must go back again when the sun is shining. It was a bit too cool to sit on the cafe deck and take in the view while appreciating the very good food. It's only about a 45 minute drive from here along the scenic coastal route north to Russell. Rather than turn left to return home when we left, we decided to turn right and check out a couple of favourite beaches, it's only another hour to Russell.
Russell was sparkling, warm in the sunshine. It's a nice time of year to visit as it can get terribly busy in summer.
We were lucky, the car ferry to Opua was about to depart but the lovely lass who takes your fare waited for us to come on board. A short ride and just over an hour later we were back at my turnoff.
Don't ask me what the big gaps in my post is all about. I've fiddled and fiddled and can't get rid of them.
I'm linking to My Corner of the World.