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.


Red roses

 Hubby brings me flowers every now and then for no reason...


A different kind of visitor

Over the 5 years we have rented this house, I can count the number of visitors on one hand. It's OK, I like it that way.  I don't have to put on a bra unless I'm going out somewhere :)

Well, yesterday, I got up earlier than usual and put on a bra so I could let in a visitor who came bearing gifts. Lots of rolls of insulation! 

A while back, NZ passed a law that all rental houses have to have insulation in the roof and under the floor by the end of 2019. For those of us that had absolutely zero insulation anywhere in the house, it will be a big change. We are quite chuffed about it to see how warm the house will stay next winter.

It didn't take the guy very long to put in the insulation. His biggest problem was getting it through the attic access, which was quite small. He ended up having to take off the frame around it and cutting the rolls of insulation in half, but he got it done. 

And it was all finished in time for me to take off my bra and take a nap. Life is good.


Strange news

I found this posted online.


The Lonely Graves, Otago, NZ

It's amazing how big the human heart really is and this is one instance that has withstood the passage of time, even if it isn't all true.