Central Plateau, North Island

Central Plateau, North Island
View from a friend's farm

Sunday, 20 April 2014

Hugh’s Ideas for Today


Hugh suggested I use some of his photos, as I have  not been out and about lately.

A good while ago we went on the Kahikatea Walk,, it was a  very wet day!!!

Jean on Kahikatea Walkway #2

Dacrycarpus dacrydioides or kahikatea (from its name in the Māori language) is a coniferous tree endemic to New Zealand.

kahikatea fruit, courtesy of the InternetMature Kahikatea  Tree Nz.

Another of Hugh’s photos, with friends we went on a tramp from the Ohakune Road to Blyth Hut, this was a fine hot day, in February 2009.  Summer gear, but thermals in a pack as we walked to a higher altitude of 1380metres,  or 4527 feet above sea level. I was not doing very well, and on the return tramp, had several stops, with angina. Bruce commented later he thought he might have to  call a chopper, I was pale, maybe  “ grey to white” is what he said, and very short of breath. A last sit down, he took my pack, and sort of between Hugh and Bruce, they managed to get me up the sets of steps that are way too high for short ladies.However all was well, we arrived back at the wagon, to everyone’s relief, another sit down, cold drink, and on our way home.

 Jean exhausted on Blyth Hut return walk

stream on the way to Blyth Hut, with some PP

Small waterfall on the way to Blyth Hut Feb, 2009


Blyth Hut, DOC photo


Blyth Hut in Snow, courtesy Tony Graham.

This is a beautiful area, and I am so thankful we did the tramp back then. Thanks, Bruce and Jeanette, great companions.

The answer to yesterday’s photo,  spot me if you can,…second row  down, 3rd from the left. We were a very happy group of pupils in those days.

Quotation of the day, author unknown

“ If you are not happy about the path you are   walking, choose a new one”

Greetings from Jean.


Linda said...

Hugh had a great suggestion, Jean, and I am glad you posted these photos. They are lovely.

TexWisGirl said...

i love that huge tree! and glad you survived to tell the tale of that hike. :)

Georgia said...

Lovely New Zealand! Great photos. I did spot those cheekbones and that smile!

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

I'm glad you were 'okay' afterwards, and made it home without the help of a chopper but two good strong men! :-)

Susan Heather said...

As Kim said, I am glad you didn't need the chopper but got home safely with out it.

Hannah said...

It looks like very rough hiking on a hot day, I'm glad you made it. The large tree is very impressive, I'd have to learn a whole new group of plants there.

FlowerLady Lorraine said...

Great photos and so glad you did not need that chopper.

I love that photo of you dear Jean.

Happy Easter from sub tropical Florida ~ FlowerLady

eileeninmd said...

Love the big tree, awesome! I am glad you were Ok and made it back without a chopper..Wonderful photos, thanks for sharing. Have a happy day!

Jim said...

That is one HUGE tree! It dwarfs you, Jean! Angina can be so scary. Did you have 'nitro' with you that time?

I checked your previous post too....looks like you went to Catholic school like me. My sisters wore uniforms (the darker ones)exactly like yours. Why the different colours for the girls? Different grades maybe?
Those were the days my friend! Happy Easter!

sophie...^5 said...

Angina, such a debilating nuisance isn't it! So glad everything turned out OK for you. That tree is a monster, isn't it! So indigenous to your world, hope maybe sometime i'll be able to see one!

KB Bear said...

What an incredible big and beautiful tree! Your country looks gorgeous, and I'm glad you did that tramp too!

Happy Easter.

Tomoko said...

Love that huge tree! I was not able to find you in your last photo! I really like to see that you have had your beautiful smile from your young age!
Have a happy day!

Do you still recognize that I am Japanese? with smile!

camp and cottage living said...

It sure looks like it was a beautiful area for hiking, but I'm not sure I could have made it that high! You must be in great shape, except for the angina, which had to be real scary!

Karen said...

Great shots! A nice look back.

Lindsjö taxar said...

Great Pictures!
Hope you had a great weekend!

Our photos said...

Very nice area

Michaele said...

I love seeing and hearing about your part of the world and also seeing photos of you. What a nice day - despite the set back which I am sure I would have had too. Thanks for the photos.

Tanya said...

Your scenery is so peaceful and beautiful! How I wish I could visit your country someday.

David Gascoigne said...

New Zealand is a country I have always sworn to visit but have never done so yet. These pictures and the narrative fuel my desire all over again!

Nancy J said...

David, here in NZ we have a former Radio Broadcaster and TV star, Roger Gascoigne, are you related? I would like to think there is a link somewhere. Come and visit, you would so enjoy the photography opportunities we have, specially in the South Island. Cheers, Jean