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The start of winter here was heralded by one almighty snow storm, which resulted in us being snowed in! Hawea came into its own as the mountains received a thick coating of snow, which was a truly magnificent sight. Our friends Ed, Carol, on Douglas the border terrier came our for lunch one day to see what all the fuss was about, as they hasn’t had any snow in Wanaka where they live. We walked alongside the lake, had a natter – Mrs. E made a snow angel and we then tootled back home for a warming soup. I then made a snowman… (I called him Simon…)

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Life has been very busy recently (more of that later), hence, our blog has been a little neglected recently! But, we’re back and I’m on a mission to get all of our photos uploaded over the next week or so, so apologies in advance if you subscribe to this blog. Your inbox will be INUNDATED!
One of the things I love about New Zealand, is that Mrs. E and I are able to do lots of things together. This is probably a combination of several different factors, better weather, more energy, more time, but it is great spending quality time together.

A month (or so… I won’t disclose the date as it will show how lax I have been), we had a fabulous day when we fitted in 3 activities in one day; yup, three!

Activity 1 – we headed out to the Luggate Creek Track a few kilometres from our house, which is part of a whole network of river walks in our area set up by the Upper Clutha Track Trust. We walked a few kilometres taking in the views towards Cromwell, the Pisa mountain range, and the turquoise clear water, while The Spaniel enjoyed chasing wabbits. And then we were ready for brunch…

Activity 2 – we head out to the Tarras Country Café for a slap up fried breakfast with homemade bread, sausages, free range eggs and crispy bacon, topped off with a cappuccino each. We needed to roll out of the café before we ate anything else, so we tipped ourselves out of our chairs and rolled into The Shrek museum. Shrek was a merino sheep belonging to Bendigo station (a farm near Tarras), who shot to fame after not being caught and shorn for 6 years! Apparently he hid in caves to avoid being captured. Apparently he became a national icon and even met Helen Clark, the prime minister at the time, in Wellington. This was great, but boy we had to burn off some calories, hence, our next activity…

Activity 3 – walk around Bendigo Historic Reserve http://www.doc.govt.nz/conservation/historic/by-region/otago/central-otago/bendigo-historic-reserve/ which, contains Welshtown an old gold-and quartz-mining village, now a ghost town. It was fascinating to walk around the ruins and think about how things were back then.
By this point we were well and truly pooped, so we headed back to the ranch for a rest, and then off to a Bed-we-go… (<—– do you see what I did there?)
What an awesome day.

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When we arrived in Hawea at the end of February, it was blazing hot. The New Zealand sun is pretty hardcore with very high UV rates. It can be energy zapping and you can burn in minutes if you don’t put sun block on, even on a cloudy day. So, that was high summer…

A few weeks ago, we turned into Autumn, and we started to get some cold air at night, which was a refreshing change. And then, as if God just flicked a switch, we got snow! It started off with snow at 1200 metres, then 1000 metres, and then on Thursday morning it dropped all the way down to 400 metres! I was sat at my desk working early (6 am – I know…), and when the sun started to rise I opened the curtains to my office window and saw the snow covering Mt. Maude. When I saw this, I ran excitedly like a little kid through to Mrs. E, dragged her out of bed and we saw the snow, like a thick layer of white icing dripping off a Christmas pudding, on all the mountain ranges. It felt like Christmas!

So, erm, yes, we are VERY excited about the snow – y’know that butterlies-in-your-stomach feeling? We’re getting that when we look out at the completely transformed vistas, wherever we go. The arrival of snow also means it is not long until ski season. Mrs. E and I (no Spaniel) have got local ski passes for Cardrona ski field , which is just down the road. We haven’t skied before (unless you count the time I went skiing in Scotland and my “mates” put me on a Black run (hardcore, only for CRAZY people ski run), for a laugh…). Suffice to say, the prospect of going skiing at the weekend and having lessons is very exciting.

I have been a little enthusiastic in taking snow shots with my camera. Enjoy….

p.s. Mrs. E, myself and The Spaniel are heading out shortly for our weekly walk up Mt. Iron. Just to warn you.. the camera is charged, I may get trigger happy.

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