We're also very best friends.
Once-upon-a- time Gracey lived in a lovely little house just around the corner, but life moves us on sometimes and now she finds herself living in Taupo.
Most people would show you a picture of the lake, because that's what Taupo is all about, but I love the river there...the aquarmarine colours & the power of it are just so remarkable.
Oh we love this place!
A tiny delightful town with great cafes, fabulous Indian food,
Aroha Mountain Lodge.
Here's Greg with a son..hosting the "Day in the Domain" on Sunday.
There's lots of fine history in Te Aroha (apart from the fact that I lived there for the whole first year of my little life)
Some, even hike to the summit.
But not us.
We found a dodgy looking bridge way though
(it's actually to stop boulders crashing through the town in a flood).
You never know what you might spy when peering through bushes!
I love these old band rotundas don't you?
We found ourselves serenaded by church bells & fire sirens, birdsong
but instead sat on the wide verandah with some cold apple cider,
A little later we walked all of 50 metres to the most amazing hot soda mineral pools.
The only ones of their kind in New Zealand.
But before we could arrive, there was one last adventure most astonishing.
But I will have to save that story for another day.
Lovely to see you dear ones..thank you for stopping in.