Ah, but even these troublesome events are fodder for the writer. You see, totally without plan, I have travelled the same roads as Amelia is about to travel (in the next chapter of my book) and at the same time of the year.
Here's a couple of shots of the views on the way to Strath Taieri.
Having crossed over a mountain range we descended into Strath Taieri, where Middlemarch is the main town.
Then, leaving Amelia to her own devices, we travelled on around the the northern end of another mountain range until we reached the Maniototo basin.
On the side of a hill not far from the old gold mining town of Hamiltons is our destination: An old TB sanatorium converted into a Christian community named En Hakkore. A few families farm here and there are several houses available for families if they need a break or a holiday. They have also converted the nursing home into accomodation for conferences and turned the old Laundry into a hall. We spent many holidays here when the children were younger, but it became less attractive as the kids moved into their teens. Now, it seems, they are over that and off we went, minus our eldest.
The complete break from television, the internet and phones was a real blessing. I feel like I have had a complete rest and now I'm rearing to go again.
|Nor far from where we were staying|
|Firewood stacked up in front of an unused dormitory. Essential for heating and hot water.|
|Some of the residents!|
|The eggs were yummy.|
|The view from just below En Hakkore looking out over the Maniototo.|