Indian Summer


 While Easter still means copious amounts of chocolate are consumed in my family especially amongst the younger people, even though Easter bunny no longer visits, it is also a weekend that we try to get away before the autumn bites.  It is the last public holiday weekend before winter so for every one's emotional well being it is something we try to do if possible.



This year we camped at Ashley Gorge.  A gorgeous small camping ground surrounded by native bush on the banks of a lovely clear unspoilt swimming river.  Even the kids commented on how quiet it was at night and the bird life is unlike anything we see or hear in the city.




We didn't actually think we would be swimming.  The kids took wet suits but it was hot enough not to need them.  The water of course being mountain fed was still frigid.  The kids didn't need to walk too far to find beautiful secluded swimming holes.




I passed on the swimming action.  My role here is as lifeguard.  Coincidentally here I am wearing the capri's that suffered a inconvenient washing accident and were subsequently refashioned into shorts and Maria Denmark tee.  I say coincidentally but actually given that most of my wardrobe is now me made, it is probably more of a given!



This is what a morning walk looks like at the Ashley Gorge.  I don't know who enjoyed exploring more, the kids or my husband (seen above).




Here I am on my morning walk this morning, trying really hard not to slip and end up unceremoniously on my backside.  It is still a little cool in the early morning so this Jalie hoody came in very handy.

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  1. Looks like a gorgeous weekend. Heavy rains here, so I am a bit envious of all who are camping.

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    1. That is a shame! We had a 2 min spit yesterday and that was it. We are in the midst if a drought and it has only rained 3-4 times this year. It is good for camping but not so for farmers.

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  2. Looks like a great family weekend. in reply to your comment; um, actually Australia is pretty well known for our very high quality sheep products too as you might have guessed from those numbers you quoted, but maybe you don't hear very much about our industry over there in New Zealand.

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    1. No, I haven't heard much about our Aussie neighbours sheep industry but I
      have heard a lot if sheep jokes ;)

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  3. Beautiful place! Happy Easter!

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    1. It is! It is easy to forget when you live in the city, how beautiful your environment is. Happy Easter to you too!

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  4. What a gorgeous place and it looks so quiet and relaxing (probably not so quiet once the kids got in the water, but still!). I've only been to NZ once for a conference and then only saw Auckland and Rotorua. I'd love to go back for a proper visit.

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    1. If you do come to New Zealand, there is more to see in the South Island. But then I am a little biased! Ashley Gorge is both quiet and relaxing even with the noise two exuberant boys can make. I think we may be back next Easter :)

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  5. I've been reading your latest posts and as well as admiring your wonderful me made wardrobe, am loving your outdoor scenes, this in particular makes me sooo want to be where you are!!

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    1. I think this may be one of the nicest spots in New Zealand I have camped at. I know there are a lot just like this and I am keen to explore more but more adventures may have to wait until spring.

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