At seven this morning I received a comment about my Fun Guy post. In return,I promised a post about today. So here it is.
Hawkes Bay is on the East Coast of the North Island of New Zealand. Here prevailing winds are Westerly... so we are in a rain shadow cast by the Kawekas and the Ruahines, both reaching 1700 metres. This season has been wet.. but not so cold. The weather people tell us this is because the weather is coming down to us from the North, and comes to the East Coast first.
Over the first weekend of June, I went to a conference in Motueka. This meant I was only a few kilometres from Golden Bay. In spare time, I went across the Takaka Hill to Takaka, which is the main centre for Golden Bay. I went for a walk in part of the Abel Tasman National Park near Takaka.
The walk starts at a carpark with a distant view of an inlet with a large lagoon.
The carpark was not empty!
Bush was growing along the track.
On the other side of the track we have a view of a nice tranquil bay.
We are three quarters of the way around Mauao.
There is so much sand along this coast that there is enough to spare for little beaches like this. We can see in the distance rocks that flank Mount Maunganui's iconic beach.
In just a few hundred metres we round the corner to see the beach itself.
Two volcanic outposts flank the beach. Great sand makes the beach. Just here the volcanic rock gives out and we have a small face of "Papa" rock wich has the consistency of well made cardboard.
We were about half way around, so now to more of the walk in part II.
A lone yacht braves the current to sail the Pacific.
Mauao is essentially a volcanic cone. It looks more like a lava flow then a cinder cone. Here volcanic rock meets clay. In fact it looks like two different flows of lava meeting. The clay will be from later.
This all appears to be more lava rock. I like the beauty of the tree trunk pressing against the rock. A Pohutukawa.
The yacht is much faster than we are.
I visited my sister in Papamoa. She suggested a walk around Mauao. This is more often called "Mount Maunganui". It has a track around it which takes an hour or so.
Mauao stands next to Tauranga Harbor.
It also stands next to a busy housing area.
Many of the houses are more than just seaside cottages.
It was very busy. School Holidays!
The harbor that the town overlooks is crowded with little boats........ and big ones.
In the distance you can see hills. That is typical of New Zealand.
Ginger is the last of the kittens. She is likely to stay with me. Even her mother Woody may go. He is a very lively kitten, but has almost reached the size of a full grown cat. He has had his appointment with the vet and survived that OK.
As a little kitten he was always busy.
Here he is looking for something to play with.
He gets a cuddle from an admirer.
"Who me!. No! I was somewhere else."
"Look, I am just like my mother, only not so fat!"
Treading the [floor] boards.
The kittens are thriving wonderfully. They play with everything. I leave lots of "stuff" for them to play with. They move it around and leave my floor in a mess, but they are happy.
Some recent fotos.
Tiger reclining like one of the ancient Romans.
Ginger thinking he is Tiger.
Tan off on a cross country.
Blackie in a shady place.
Cheers Chris the Pipemaker
The kittens are almost half their mother's size.... although not by weight. .... in height and length.
Here are the most recent fotos.
Jena showing the kittens some love.
In the hands of a good vet.
Silva loves to play with the kittens. Here Blackie is getting the attention.
Ginger is the biggest of the kittens.
Tan [taken 3 minutes ago.]
Tan & Ginger.
Fotogenic Blackie posing for her upcoming Hollywood appearance!
Tiger .. "What me worry!
The kittens are at their cutest. They are big fluffy balls of mobility. They have been able to run in the last three days. They have been biting and chewing a few things, but mostly each other. They have started to follow the paper on a string toy. They have made the occasional attempt to eat things, but no lasting attempt. Mum has been on a regime of lots of chicken liver, cattle kidneys and lambs heart. The chicken liver is a favourite. I tried some chicken carcases, and Momma didn't take to that so I made some food for myself, which was delicious.
The kittens are quite mobile now. They run and jump and play roughly with each other. Mostly it is play boring and biting. They are not much interested yet in the piece of paper on a string.
Students who have their lessons in my "Studio" love playing with the kittens. Jena os having a wee cuddle with ginger.
Another admirer comes to look at them.
Ginger is a strong and healthy kitten.
Tiger is an alert and playful kitten.
Black is liked by everyone.
You can see that Momma Cat and her two boys Ginger and Tan are related.