28 Feb ’13
The romantic era of steam. It holds an irresistible attraction for both the Lovely Man and I. I’m not any sort of petrol head, but I’ve long held a fascination for all the shiny brass bits, the might and the power of steam driven engines. I love the fact that you can see all the working parts, pistons and cams and gears.
The Steam Traction Society, based just outside of Feilding, held its Great Manawatu Steam Fair over the last weekend. We packed up yet another picnic (I’m getting well practiced at baking up goodies on Saturday afternoon for our Sunday excursions.), gathered up our kids and a couple of hangers-on and headed over.
Steam Traction Engines
Wow. The sight of a field full of working traction engines is quite something. I didn’t count how many, they kept moving around, but there must have been at least eight. Which might not sound like much, but truly it was a sight to behold, all chuffing and smoking stacks. And huge wheels. Awesome.
First up we all jumped in the people carrier trailer for a turn around the paddock behind a smoking, steaming beast. Even Billy had to smile as we lurched along.
Trailer ride behind old smokey
That’s smoke in the air, not lack of focus.
And the best bit was yet to come. We could have a turn at actually driving them! Continue reading
6 Feb ’13
On Friday afternoon we headed up to Trev’s bach at Mangaweka for a weekend away. We had no particular plans in mind, just hoped the weather would continue in its glorious, sunny vein so we could take the kids swimming on Saturday.
It did, so we did! After a leisurely morning at the house and a “fix your own sandwich” lunch we packed up the car and headed out. Trev’s neighbour had loaned us the key to a gate allowing access down to the Kawatau Stream, to a new swimming hole that we’d not visited before. Wow – perfect.
A shady spot under the old manuka trees, right on the river bank, perfect to set up our picnic table and chairs. Always the table and chairs – why not picnic in comfort, I say. Slathering sunscreen on the kids is becoming increasingly time consuming. Half a tube (almost!) is required to cover Jake’s back, and I just about need a step ladder to reach his shoulders. So once they were all coated and protected from the sun, in they went. I regretted not having brought my own swimming togs.The water was the perfect temperature, having meandered for miles over sun-warmed rocks. And crystal clear, much clearer than I’ve ever seen the Rangitikei River, just around the corner at Toe Toe Road.
Kids in the Stream
As the kids splashed and swam about in the company of their father and under the watchful eye of their Grandad, I took the opportunity to head up to the quarry for a mini photo walk on my own. The stone crushing equipment makes for some interesting shots.
Stone crushing machinery, Stand clear
It is HOT when you’re surrounded by dust and piles upon piles of rocks just soaking up all that sun and radiating it back on all sides. Continue reading
11-17 June ’11
This weekend we had a gathering of family and friends at my father-in-law’s fishing bach in Mangaweka. And something a little different this week. My beloved D90 has developed a fault and died completely on Saturday. She’s going to have to spend some time in the shop. I managed to get a few shots before she packed it in completely. This weekend was recorded on three different cameras, I’ve put the whole lot together as my first ever attempt at amature movie-making. I now have a YouTube account to add to my growing web presence. 😀
Visitors from North of the Bombay Hills.
The Lovely Man and his dad, Trev, had spent a week in Auckland in February visiting with my sister-in-law. One of the activities Vickie had organised for them was a hunting trip with her friends Ross and Tony. These guys are professional hunting guides, amongst other things. You can check out the video from that trip here – go to the 5:30min mark to find our guys. (Warning – please do not watch this if you are sensitive to the idea of hunting, shooting animals and processing them afterwards.)
Hunting with Ross, Tony and Trev - picture courtesy of the Lovely Man
This weekend we returned the favour. The guys arrived in Mangaweka on Friday set for a couple of days of hunting and fishing, barbequing and campfire sing-alongs. The kidlets and I were joining them on Saturday afternoon, to allow Jake to attend his rugby game. As luck would have it the game was cancelled along with almost all the other rugby in the region due to bad weather and ground closures. This meant we could head up Saturday morning, arriving in time for lunch – a boil up of pork bones and watercress, served with buttered bread and salt’n’pepper. Yum! Excellent traditional Kiwi kai.
The sights of Weka
After lunch Trev, Cat, Jake, Tony, Ross and the Lovely Man went off to view the sights of the Rangitikei. Billy the Kid and I stayed behind with the dog to greet Vickie and Charlotte when they arrived. We spent the afternoon chill-axing by Continue reading