Thursday, October 11, 2018


Today we are all going over to Rotorua for a day trip.
Stew has taken today and tomorrow off work, so he can spend some time with the kids.

ABOVE:  We hope to do the Treetop walk through the Redwood Forest, and also go up on the Gondolas at Ngongotaha, Rotorua.

The weather forecast is a bit shitty, so we will have to keep our fingers crossed that they have it wrong!  Cos I don't fancy getting soaking wet.

I shall try and do some updates during the day, and add a photo or two as well.

Brylee picked all our lemons yesterday, quartered them and then put them in the freezer.

ABOVE:  So now we have quite a few!  Can anyone give me ideas on what to do with them?  I'd love to use them ... but have no idea what for!  I can't make lemon honey or similar as that involves using sugar, and we don't eat sugar any more.  So... any ideas?

I will leave you to ponder that, while we get ready to head off to Rotorua soon.


Midday.... having a neat time! We 'did' the Redwood Forest Treetop was ok. Expensive for a 20 minute walk! But still... it's an experience we can now say we've had.

After that we took a drive out to the Blue Lake and Lake Tarawera... gorgeous area.

The weather is stunning! Nothing like the forecast! Very thankful for that.   We are now at Capers in town for lunch. It's a really good cafe. 

ABOVE... WAITING for food...

ABOVE....OMG! Guess what we did? Something I never in a million years thought I would do...

6.15 pm and we are home.  I've had computer issues again.  So, here's a few photos for now... no captions as such as I don't have time before my FBG walk tonight.
I'll update later properly.

BELOW:  The Redwood Forest Treetop Walk. 

BELOW:  Lake Tarawera:

Sorry, that's all I can do for now... will be back later.  Or tomorrow... let's see how we go?

Well... even though it was raining lightly, we did go on our FBG walk.
Griffin came with me, and there were about 9 of us girls.

ABOVE: This walk was 5.24 kms long, and it was dark by the time we finished it.  I was tired.

Once we got home, we quickly changed out of our damp clothes and went down to the local Indian Restaurant for dinner.  We had their amazing Butter Chicken again, though Stew had some other Chicken dish.  

By the time we left it was utterly pissing down... so that was the really shitty weather we had been expecting all day.

I'm going to hold of posting photos from our trip up to the Skyline/Luge till tomorrow.  I'm too tired to do any more editing right now.  

Catch ya tomorrow.


  1. Have a fun day in rotorua.. we loved the forest walk..

  2. It's a gorgeous day here in rotorua!!! Let me know if you want to catch up 😉

  3. Heights make me queasy. I will live vicariously through you for both those events! Have fun. Lemons - put inside chicken when cooking, squeeze over fish or chicken once cooked, make lemonade (with a bit of non-sugar sweetener), squeeze into tea.

  4. Anonymous12:20 PM

    Looking forward to the Luge, had a great time doing the tree walk. Thanks for taking us 😁. From Brylee

  5. I was at capers at 9.30!!! We're at Third Place....great food.

  6. Squeeze the lemons & freeze the juice for cooking or popping into water for flavour.

  7. So green with envy you guys doing those neat things in Rotorua But seriously well done all of you taking the time and break together ,, You will so enjoy it..

    The luge sounds brill, bet Brylee and Griffin will love it!!

    Loving the pics


  8. Really cute pic of you and Stew!

  9. neat stoked you guys are having a good time, and you did the Luge shot guys 😊

  10. sounds like u have had an awesome day great

  11. woohoo looks like you guys had a nice day. I was going to say zip line but looks like maybe you are sitting so no.

  12. Anonymous6:29 PM

    What a great day and you are looking GOOD !!!
    Michelle from Oz

  13. Awesome pics and you all look so well and happy..

    The places were fab and gr8 stuff.

    Looks like you guys did the luge as well ???? .. If you 2 can do it so can we !!I love the way you can take on something out of the comfort zone ...thats why you and stew look like maybe 50 , cos you dont let the grass grow under your feet

    Love the ones of you all separate, sitting on edge of wharf and Brylee and Griffin there together

    What neat memories for you all to look back on.

  14. Looks like you had a great day and that the weather held out. Nice photos. Enjoy your walk.

  15. I could never do that tree top walk! Good on you. I love the photos. You look so happy Chris.

  16. My son and his partner are chefs at a lodge st lake Tarawera - beautiful place

  17. Agree that you look really happy!!!! Looks like you had awesome weather..... week 2 of rain here 😔 Christy xxxx

  18. Glad u liked the forest walk.. and awesome you did the luge.. gald u got some out of town time... awesome love you...

  19. Anonymous10:29 PM

    Wow what a fun busy day!!!

  20. Looks like a great day. Thankfully the weather held out for your adventure.


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