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Thursday, September 30, 2010

GNARLY TREES AND ADVENTURES ON THE ROAD
















I was so glad not to go to Mum's as is usual on a Thursday. Jay, our daughter, sent a text that she would be home early from work and Mum could manage on her own.

We had a good day yesterday. TWJ's visit with the specialist went well. The specialist looked too young to me. Now that's obviously a sign of age. We went to long without a meal and couldn't think straight. In the end we did our grocery shop and bought a couple of things for lunch and headed on up the coast to a quiet spot. We didn't choose the best and we were exposed to a cool wind but it was quiet. TWJ got grumpy because the first bread roll he took out of the bag to fill with ham and capsicum spread blew onto the ground. I had a couple of small pieces of baked chicken with Greek salad which was a little disappointing in that I had all the olives and not a lot else in my pottle. I also had a large cappuccino from McCafe, (Macdonald's), but it didn't do a very good job of keeping me awake. We were glad to be home about 4 pm. Although it was still quite a long day it never seems so bad if we're back in our own house before 5.

The weather was fine, not perfect but sunny which is good because the road is so narrow and twisty. It's a beautiful drive as far as scenery goes but I really don't appreciate it as much as I used to.

We had a little excitement on the way. We were stopped as we came around a tight corner and told we might have to wait half an hour while the salvage truck rescued a boat. This looked interested and a small crowd gathered to find out what was going on. The owner was among the crowd and watched his 4WD, boat and trailer being recovered. He'd dodged a wild pig in the dark the previous night and the boat pushed him off the road and he went down the steep hill. The car is in the trees and if you look hard you can see the trailer which is still attached. The man said he jumped out while it was on the way down. He seems to be unscathed. He was jolly lucky.

Soon the trees all along this coast will be covered in crimson flowers. Pohutakawa are amazing the way they cling onto the rockiest places and thrive. I love the gnarled and twisty trunks.

8 comments:

Ann (-12 lbs in -60 lb challenge) said...

MargieAnne, you DO find adventure wherever you go, or it finds you!

It was an interesting day, wasn't it?

I read your title, and instantly thought of that big gnarly tree at the waterfront in Russell (fig, or something) ...

Enjoy whatever this new day brings your way! Just stay away from wild pigs while towing anything.

:D

Stephanie said...

Yes, that man was very lucky. :) I always love looking at your pictures. Keep them coming! :)

Chris H said...

I am no fan of the Thames coast road! That bloke was certainly lucky to survive going down that hill!

Margie M. said...

Your pics are always beautiful, as is your country. Thanks for showing us so many.

That guy sure was fortunate to not have been killed when his car went down the hill.

Ann (-13 lbs in -60 lb challenge) said...

MargieAnne, this is just a thought, but you may want to follow or contact Christina (Blog: Making Healthy The Norm) ... She just completed a half-marathon and did very, very well. And she is training for the next one, later this month. Perhaps you can check out her blog to see what she has been doing, just for informational purposes. Everyone is different, I know, but since this will be your first, gathering general information by reading what others have done, can't be a bad thing, can it? Just a thought ...

Lora said...

Thank you for your kind words MargieAnne...I know you're right. It will take time. We often think we've "moved on" way before we truly have. Thank goodness God stays in step with us to catch us when we fall.
Blessings to you too :-)

Anonymous Fat Girl said...

Beautiful pictures! Looks like a fun journey. Thanks for sharing. :)

debby said...

Thanks for sharing such lovely photos. Take some for us when they bloom!

I will be interested in your progress on the half marathon. That video was so inspirational (that you linked to.)