Day 3: Weds. 04 Jan 12 Northland:
This morning I breakfasted on smoked salmon and rye crackers on a round table outside our room at the BK P motor hotel. An extended family with a huge van, twin 5 year old boys and a greyhound were packing up for a day trip. That was fun to watch. Too bad I forgot to use my camera at the whole location. I was too busy trying to hook up the wifi.
Off we drove to the Bay of Islands, which was beautiful but touristy. We bought some herbal creams at a craft fair booth, where Riyx told us to lunch in Kerikeri. We took the rough road to Haruru Falls en route.
Bay of Islands
NZ sign at Haruru Falls: is the kiwi word for bicyclist "dog" ???? just kidding.
The Health lady--Riyx?-- told us to eat lunch and shop for dandelion tea in Kerikeri. The health food store had closed but we had a great lunch at Santee gluten free cafe:
Molly's chickpea burger (cafe owned by an Israeli woman and Kiwi husband)
my root veggie and chicken salad with borage deco;
Molly is working on a puzzle
After an hour and a half of driving, we arrived at Alec's-- just a few km from the tiny town of Kohukohu--at about 3:00 pm--I mean 15:00.
The general accommodations:
the shed--at the roadside
up a steep hill, we see alec's place to the left. His Nissan and our caravan in front
inside our caravan. the couch/backpack shelf and Molly's bed
dysfunctional kitchen at the right
my bed and stuff
en route to the toilet and sink
our sink; there are grapes growing outside the window
gravity flush toilet: perfect.
A tour of the property:
macadamia nuts in process
macadamia nuts final product
Missy Luki banana, with Alec and Molly
NZ version of a pine tree
silverbeet aka swiss chard
tree tomato or tamarillo
beneficial wasps that eat white moths.
Evening Dog Walk about 6:00. A few things learned:
--All water is collected rainwater. 4 reservoir system.
--Alec has two potential caravan spots at higher locations on his property.
--Too many plants identified to remember...but this is a daily routine, so we have a chance.
--DO NOT PET THE DOG. It tolerates three strokes, then nips the petter's thigh. OK. It is a 150 lb Maremma named "DOG". I'm not going to make a new best friend here.
Dinner: Alec usually eats a one plate microwave dinner. Frozen pork piece, potato, carrot, topped with silver beet (swiss chard) and cheese. Molly and I have leftovers from our hotel shopping trips. PB crackers salad.
Evening: tie up Dog before he becomes too hard to coax in. TV goes on when even walk is completed, and doesn't go off. Molly and I do clean up. Alec likes the WWOOFers to do the cooking and clean up.
Alec stays up until 1:00 or 2:00 am, so he is a little disappointed that Molly and I are ready to turn in at 10:00. Oh well. We will work it out.
Exhausted, we sleep well.