This is Lake Taupo, courtesy of the Internet. Next weekend we will travel up there, and have a night away, for my birthday, and catch up with daughters from North and South.
Lake Taupo is in the Caldera of the Taupo Volcano, is the largest lake by surface area in New Zealand, 238 square miles or 616 sq, kilometres,
For the Geologists, it is oligotrophic, with these rivers flowing into it, Waitahanui, Tongariro and Tauranga Taupo. The main outflow is the Waikato River at the northern end, Lake Taupo has a catchment area of 1,346 sq. miles or 3,487 sq. km.It is some 29 miles long ( 46km) and 21 miles wide (33km) the maximum depth is 610 ft, or 186 metres.
The average July water temperature is 12Celsius, today it was 11.7C, in summer maybe 19 Celsius, If you fall into the 10 Celsius lake water in winter , the sad fact is you will not usually survive over 2 hours, Hypothermia is the biggest threat.
So I will not be swimming or even out on a boat or float plane.
This will be so welcome, and provided the Desert Road through the Central Plateau is not closed with snow, all will be good.
This was taken in 2004, probably one of the first photos taken with my new Canon camera, we stopped on the side of the road, and a lovely helpful gentleman travelling through there suggested some settings to get the best shot. From memory he was from the US, had that distinctive accent, and he also had a Canon, just a model or 2 up from mine, and a wonderful Telephoto lens.
My visit to my GP went well, the new medication is altered yet again, and there is referral to the Cardiac Team in Wellington Hospital who did the stent surgery last year. The locum cardiac consultant from Auckland ( a blog friend knows his name and has probably met him!!) was there the day I was in ED, perfect timing. how lucky could I be. It seems that I might need another angiography, and maybe a wire pressure test!! Yes, I had to Google that, and learn another new procedure.
So I might get a second short holiday, hope there isn't any drama for Hugh this time round, and as I know what might be the outcome, can be so thankful that age is no barrier for surgery that will give me a longer life.
So some unfinished or partly started projects have been under the Bernina, no pressure but to clear the sewing desk would be a good start.
We have had massive flooding in the South Island, nowhere near where we live, people returning home for just a look ( Many are still in evacuation centres or with friends away from the flooded areas) are devastated, more than knee high water everywhere inside. one family, baby due in 2 weeks, have lost all the baby clothes and preparations.Another farmer moved his cattle to high ground, they panicked, and were all drowned. I hope insurance, family, friends in a position to help and Government assistance will all contribute.
Quotation of the day, author unknown,
" Be thankful for strangers who help at the right time"
Greetings from Jean.