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Rā 106 Rātapu 16 o Paengawhāwhā

Easter Sunday. Gus isn’t too old to do an Easter Egg hunt in the garden! Lovely to see Lachlan too – wish I’d hidden his eggs too –  I think he was secretly a bit disappointed that I didn’t! Spent the rest of the day making things with feijoa.  We might only have a little tree but it has sure delivered this year. Coconut and feijoa cake and honey almond and feijoa cake baked, and a vat of feijoa chutney marinating ready to be cooked tomorrow.  Made with homegrown chillis and limes too. 

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Rā 105 Rāhoroi 15 o Parngawhāwhā

Easter holiday clean up. Attacked the garage today and had a good sort out. Really wanted to get at the weeds but didn’t really have long enough stretches of dryness.  When the rain came, it came! 

Tonks found a dry place to hide. Don’t know why she just doesn’t come inside!

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Rā 104 Rāmere 14 o Paengawhāwhā

The day after the storm. We were lucky but plenty weren’t. Images of fallen trees, flooded houses, paddocks, roads and still hundreds homeless or without electricity.  But still the moaners complained that civil defence had overreacted, overhyped the potential severity of the storm and spoilt their holiday weekend by telling them not to travel! It seems they’re damned if they do and damned if they don’t. Better safe than sorry. Traffic queues were horrendous today though (not that we went out) with everyone trying to get to the coast and several key road closed because of slippage and flooding. 

We went for a walk instead to see how high the river had got. Definitely higher than yesterday but dropping steadily.  Instead of the usual black water, the river was running a muddy brown like tea. I found a quiet, contemplative spot in the water, though! 

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Rā 103 Rāpare 13 o Paengawhāwhā

Cyclone Cook was supposed to hit us full force this afternoon. The amazing and highly addictive tracking thingy had the eye of the storm coming right over the top of us. So we battened down the hatches, got plenty of supplies in and waited. Then we watched it veer off to the east. We had plenty of rain but the wind missed us. In fact, it seemed so uneventful that we headed to the pub for 3 Beer Thursday and spent a cosy few hours playing cribbage!  I also managed to get a run in before the rain hit at lunchtime. The river’s up!

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Rā 101 Rātu 11 o Paengawhāwhā

I didn’t take a photo out and about today….how did that happen? Ah! I didnt go out! But as I reviewed yesterday’s workshop in a school, I looked at the photo I took of the post it notes I had asked the participants to write their ‘takeaways’ of the day on.  This one made took my breath away! Very affirming. Thank you, feedback like that makes it all worthwhile. 

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Rā 100 Rāhina 10 o Paengawhāwhā

I love that I get to work with so many amazing educators who share what they are doing to inspire their students. I also get to see the very different challenges that face teachers in all sorts of settings.  Today I had the privilege of working with a group of teachers in Thames.  

The other great thing is seeing the beautiful countryside as I drive to places across the Waikato. I had to stop on the way home to take this rainbow in the Kaimais this afternoon. 

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Rā 99 Rātapu 9 o Paengawhāwhā

We woke up to a beautiful morning in Eskdale. Clear blue sky, warm sunshine though just a wee nip in the breeze to remind us that it’s really autumn.  It’s a shame that the numpties in the car on the other side of the campsite started their engine and shone their headlights into our tent at some ungodly of the morning and woke us up! 

Leisurely breakfast, pack up and the long drive home.  Great weekend. 

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Rā 98 Rāhoroi 8 o Paengawhāwhā

Away weekend with the girls! We traveled down to Napier yesterday evening, put the tent up and headed out for a delicious indian meal. A lazy start this morning followed by a stroll along the beach. The debris left by Cyclone Debbie is a treasure trove of driftwood, pumice and random household detritus.  Amongst the ocean worn wood, bark and pebbles we found tyres, pallets and the prize of the day – a vacuum cleaner nozzle that matched Renee’s broken one!! 

But the main event of the day was our reason for being here; the Dixie Chicks at Mission Estate Wineries.  They were brilliant though I wish they had played for longer and disappointed there was no encore! 

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Rā 97 Rāmere 7 o Paengawhāwhā

I went for an early morning run to pick up the car we had left in town last night after going to the pub! The water level of the Waikato river is as high as I’ve seen it in the 9 years we’ve been here.  Two photos to see the extent of the flooding but it is minor compared to what paves like Edgecumbe have had to deal with.