It's been almost a year since I hurt my back and I'm finally getting back to as-normal-as-possible and able to get around pretty well. So, Hubby suggested a walk to Nowell's Lakes (well, one of them) and we were pleasantly surprised by several black swans and this bevy of cygnets.
The boat on the right is the Waimarie (pronounced why-mar-ee-a) and is the only working paddle steamer on the Whanganui River. I have it on good authority that the other paddle steamer is the Wairua. Click here for the Waimarie story. Click here for info on the Wairua.
We came across this little park in the Tararua area and were greeted by doves outside and inside the tent. I have no idea what it was all about, but the doves were gorgeous.
The boat itself is an old sea rescue boat from Britain. Along with the tour or celebration, you get some history and a few sailor yarns thrown in--and maybe a fishing line or two! If you're ever in New Plymouth, check him out. Click here for his webpage.
Just a few days ago, there was no snow on the mountaintop, but the weather has finally turned cold enough to cover it over. Alas, winter is definitely on its way.