At the end
of last week, on a gorgeous sunny day (it is pouring with rain today!), I
jumped in the car and went for a drive out of the city. I didn’t have any set destination in mind and
I never traveled too far, so I was home again in a few hours.
for Pirongia first, a small village close beside and named after this semi-dormant
Heritage and Visitor Centre was still closed (I was too early) so my visit was
short – but it became a timely stop as I took two phone calls while wandering
balmy days in the country, and this day the air
was heavy in places with the smell of honeysuckle and privet – I know many
dislike privet (because of hayfever) but I actually love the scent of the flowers.
tangled gully was full of birds and bees, and wafted out clouds of scent on the
Nearby is Kakepuku
Mountain, another semi-dormant volcanic cone and a place where we once lived
for a short time.
Although now covered with bush and farmland, this mount was once a virtual food basket with its slopes covered in gardens and fruit trees that supplied the resident Maori pa as well as a good proportion of the surrounding district.
This path (which is steep and often slippery) leads to the top of Kakepuku Mountain, where great views can be obtained of the
I went for
a short Weed Walk along this quiet country road. I rather enjoy seeing what is growing wild
along the roadside.
always a pleasure to leave the city behind for a while and remember what rural
areas are like – my father used to sneeringly call such drivers Sunday Drivers
as they tootled past. I really don’t
know what he had against them.