Monday, August 25, 2008

Cone Hut tramp

We woke to a nice day on Saturday morning and Aaron decided he wanted to go tramping to see the snow in the Tararua's (the mountain range just to the north of Wellington). Well we didn't get up to the snow, but we had a nice walk through the temperate dense forests. It was pretty steep as we tried to avoid the flat stuff along the valley in order to avoid the boggy, muddy bits.
We headed up and over the hill to Cone Hut, unfortunately we didn't have time to go up Cone Peak. We had lunch at Cone Hut, built in 1946 and obviously each bit of wood had been shaped with axes. Then we returned back via Cone Saddle and down to and along the Waiohine Gorge to the newly built suspension bridge and the carpark. We did see some snow on the top of Mt Holdsworth in the distance.

We timed it perfectly as it was just starting to spit with rain when we got back to the car. It took us 6 hours of walking - which was bit more than we had anticipated. The tracks were pretty rough and slippy and we were pretty cautious descending some of the slippy, tree routed sections. We were walking with tramping poles - which helped a lot - especially with testing the depth of the muddy sections! Unfortunately we have spent a couple of days since in a little bit of pain as our tramping muscles are rather un-fit compared to our biking muscles. Need to get out and do some more tramping and get fit again.

The dense jungle

Cone Hut

Snow-capped Mount Holdsworth

Waiohine River

Sunday ride around the bays

We haven't had many sunny days this winter - so we have to make the most of the ones we get. This one was a very cold, but calm day so we headed out for a cruisy ride around the Miramar Pensinsular where we live. There is a relatively flat road that isn't too busy that goes all around the coast and you get some great views of the harbour and then across to the south island at the southern end of the peninsular.

Just getting started

Sailboat in the harbour

Snow-clad mountains of the South Island

Monday, August 18, 2008

Birthday flowers

My surprise birthday pink/purple flowers.... Our house now smells very flowery!
Thank you Laura and Gill.

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Coffee table continues!

I am back in woodworking class and the coffe table has progressed. The legs and side now have holes drilled in them for dowells that will help hold it together. In the first picture there are just enough dowells inserted to hold it together so I could take a picture. the second picture shows the top and the drawer mostly assembled. I still need to attach it to the side piece that will form the front of the drawer. The drawer will be mounted to the frame under the top and the front will form the fourth side which isn't attached in the top picture.

Don't worry it will all make sense when it is all done.

Base and part of the drawer

Drawer and top