Monday, 29 December 2008

Happy holidays

After my birthday festivities (which were pretty civilised, as 60th birthdays tend to be) we've had a couple of quiet days hanging around the house, with occasional trips to the shops.

Birthday lunch; Nicky Sarson, Heather, John Roberts, Alice.

Today was beautiful, with no wind, so Heather and I went for a bike trip around Wanaka. We rode to the lake outlet where the Clutha River starts, then followed lakeside mountain bike & walking tracks all the way to town.

Near Beacon Point, with the best view in Central Otago about to unfold.

The road runs through large stands of flowering manuka and kanuka shrubs.

Heather had to have a paddle at Penrith beach.

After a lunch in town, we rode out to Waterfall Creek, took a look at the middle classes and their petrol powered toys, and biked back into the town - with a puncture stop on the way. We filled my backpack with nice light groceries (beer and apples) then cycled up hill around the Mt Iron track back to the house. By then it was 30 deg plus, so I had to have a sleep.

Tonight we've been to dinner at a friend's house, met other old friends and assorted children, and generally had a lovely day.

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