Merry Christmas!

I pray that your Christmas season is filled 
with love and peace!


depression era hut

At Pioneer Village in Stratford, I found this quite ingenious to make a house from metal drums.

The little sign on the door says 'whare' (pronounced far-ay), a Maori word that means 'home'.


st george anglican church

st- george's
This is St. George's Anglican Church in Patea. The church was built in 1885. Click here for more information.


Orakei Korako

Back in 2010, Hubby took us on another of his awesome 'out of the way' road trips, where we visited 
this thermal area between Taupo and Rotorua called Orakei Korako or the Hidden Valley. 

The mineral formations are amazing, when you think that the water is near boiling point.
The white is silica, the darker color is caused by microbes, not rust.

A diary entry for 11 March 1850 recorded that Maori lived
in this spot, 'to spare their women the trouble of procuring

For any questions, you can  find out more about it by clicking here.
If you are in the area, you will do yourself a favor by visiting.