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January 21, 2022
My first destination was Raglan. I went to spend that night with my really good friend Mr Sly who is the Potter there in Raglan. We talked a lot of business and he encouraged me, he treated me like a lady and took me out for dinner which was a really lovely start to my holiday. I spent my first night in the van at his place and had the best night sleep!
I then shot off to Taranaki to be with my Daughter for the Christmas break and Christmas day. It was a lovely time there, I didn’t have to do a thing! You know when you get to a certain age girls, your children start to take over and look after you so I allowed it and I loved it. I celebrated Christmas with my Daughter and my Granddaughter, my Son in Law and their babies who are Flo and Bungle their little Bull Terriers. We did some foraging for hydrangeas on Christmas day and spent some much needed and welcomed time with the family.
One of the things I really loved to do while on my trip was finding and swimming in the local pools. When visiting my daughter in New Plymouth I visited the 50m outdoor swimming pool which ended up being my favourite one of the trip. There was a great community of swimmers who would gather here each morning and I feel like it would have been a great place for me to stay and get to know people, but I had to move on.
I then headed to Gisborne after spending two nights in Opoutama Beach where we met Sally and Paku, a Mother and Daughter respectively. They were local Maori girls who lived in Wairoa who would come and camp up at the beach for weeks at a time, whereas myself and my friends were only allowed to stay 2-3 nights because we were from out of town. It is a courtesy of the local Iwi to allow outsiders to freedom camp on this land which we had to respect.
During one day I was there, as you know I’m very free and open with my body, I was going about in my bikini, just exploring the beach, looking at the rockpools or finding mussels. On this particular day Sally came to me, “I want to talk to you” she says “I want to say thank you for inspiring me to actually be more confident of my body”. I was really taken aback by those words, I didn’t think there was anything special about what I was doing but to see how much of an impact that had on this woman gave me such a warm feeling inside. All I could say in response is that this is my body, and so I dress it how I want to, and I am confident that every body is a bikini body, you just have to get a bikini on that body…ain't that the truth.
She also told me about the difficulties she and her daughter have with finding plus sized clothes in rural Wairoa, so I packed up my red leather bag with the TCD pieces I brought with me and did a trunk show like an Avon sales lady back in the day…lol. They loved how I wore so much colour and how I mixed and matched my colours and prints, so what have I done? I sent them a little care parcel down to Wairoa to see if they will get into colour!
From Gisbourne, we stopped in and visited Whangara bay where they filmed whale rider and had a lovely tour of the beach before heading up to Tologa Bay before touring around the cape. These were again, places I had never been to before. This trip was really about spending time with friends, exploring our beautiful country and enjoying the gorgeous weather. I think some days I was going for a swim 2-3 times a day, fully relaxing and making the most of my time away. I feel like I’m rattling along a bit now, so if you’d like to hear more of the trip, let me know in the comments below but I think I’ll wrap this up for now. This was such a lovely road trip for me…so much so that I am extending it (slightly) with a trip back down to Raglan on Saturday (Tomorrow), taking that van for another spin.
January 25, 2022
Sounds like a prefect kiwi holiday! On our last trip south we went via the west coast but instead of heading straight through to Central we spent a couple of nights in Westport, what a great little town! We stayed at Cape Foulwind which was beautiful and explored the area. Can highly recommend heading up to the Denniston Plateau, it was fascinating and very well presented for those of us that have no particular interest in mining. Life was rough up there in the day! The rest of the West Coast is fab too, the glow worms at Hokitika and Blackball for some of the delicious salami. Please keep writing about your trips. Did you stop at the old wharf area of Tokumaru Bay with all the old rundown warehouses – really beautiful.
Wat een heerlijk verhaal, het leest heerlijk.
Geweldige vrouw ben je, ik word altijd heel vrolijk van jou.
Jullie kleding is heel mooi.groetjes van mij
Am loving the blog. My father always said see your own country before you look at others and we certainly did. Having my mothers parents coming from Kaikohe and Invercargill helped. Please keep up the blog !
Great read .. Thoroughly enjoyed reading about your holiday adventures .. As a woman also on my own this has inspired me to get off my Arse and do something similar!!
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