My parents as I’ve mentioned before live in a fifth wheeler that they pull behind their ute. It’s super cute and cozy on the inside and if you’ve seen the pics of our hut (titled ‘My favourite place in the world’) you’ll understand how they can happily live in such a teensy space. This is their version of ‘retirement’ – as in sell the house, store the left-overs, invest the cash and buy a fifth-wheeler so they can work their way around the country. Doesn’t seem that much more relaxing to me than normal work but it must be fun to wake up in a different place as often as you like – and in the comfort of your own ‘home’.
Anyhoo they’ve parked up at our place for a month and I decided to have last Friday off to spend some time with them. Mum had been keeping an eye on an online auction for a woodstove. The coal range in the hut is knackered (cracked – on a funny angle..not good). The auction fell through because they didn’t want to pay that much for it but afterwards they managed to contact the seller and made their best offer (about $500 below his reserve). And he accepted! So all they had to do was drive to Tauranga to collect it – we’re in
remember. So Friday saw us bundling stuff into the ute, waving goodbye to Glenn and the dogs and heading off on a family road trip. The bright-side been that, as I’m now 27 I don’t get car-sickness or absolutely bored out of my mind. I actually like looking at scenery now! *lol* Wellington
It was lots of fun for a two day drive by of NZ. I haven’t been to Tauranga for years and we stopped in Rotorua for Friday night so we’d be at the address in Tauranga at 9am Saturday morn – bright eyed and bushy tailed *grin*. I’d forgotten how unusual the land is up there. It’s in the area where NZ has high geothermal activity and its very obvious that the two plates NZ rests on are very busy there. In
we have hills, but more rolling hills. In Tauranga it’s ‘hillocks’ everywhere. The landscape nearly seems crazy in comparison! Like someone with a giant digger had great fun creating lots of lumpy little hills. Wellington
And I love seeing the steam rise from all the natural hotpools around the place. Very easy to spot at this time of the year. We were very lucky, the weather was stunning for the two days (but COLD!) and the desert road was a breeze to cross. I got awesome photos of Mt Ruapehu on the way home. On the way up it was smothered in snow clouds ; p It was a great way to distract me from my annoying cold and writing, which wasn’t quite what I was aiming for but I guess I can consider the trip ‘inspirational material’ *grin*
(not actual stove! Dad’s taken it to pieces already)
And all this for a 300kg Wagner woodstove that we have to now get up to the hut….We will drive it to the bottom of the track on the next drive-in weekend (24th) and then get 8 guys to help carry it up the steep, windy and narrow track – oh joy! I’m thinking I should film it and post the video *grin* for your entertainment! And FYI it took five burly men to move it from a pile of pellets onto the back of the ute – all of about 3 meters.. It’s gonna be exciting!