Rā 59, Rātu 28 o Huitānguru 2017

Last day of the month and so my last handstand. Well, I’m sure it won’t be my last forever as there are plenty more trigs to find. It’s also been quite fun finding different places to do handstands (and the looks on people’s faces can be quite amusing too). I’ve got to the age where I have no shame; I’m old enough and daft enough to turn upside down in most places! I missed the first few days so only 24 photos! 

Rā 51, Rāhina 20 o Huitānguru 2017

Morning working at home then off to Rotorua for Whānau hui tomorrow. Worked in the Airbnb accommodation for a couple of hours before escaping for a walk around Tikitapu with Renée, followed by a quick dip. Found a place along the shoreline to do a handstand – another stunning backdrop. It was hot and humid but the smell of the forest is so refreshing. Plenty of birdsong and the cicadas were almost deafening. 

Rā 50, Rātapu 19 o Huitānguru 2017

Too wet for our planned walk so we diverted to Wairongomai to find trails. I am fascinated by the way that nature reclaims spaces that were ravaged by industrial engineering. Less than a hundred and fifty years later only remnants of the goldrush of New Zealand are half buried in the beautiful bush.  Leaving us to marvel at the labour that must have gone into exploring the land and extracting the gold. 

We climbed two ‘inclines’ – Butler’s and May which were originally the tramway up which heavy iron and wood carts were hauled and lowered full of what had been extracted from the mines. 

Today’s photo shows the winding gear at the top of Butler’s Incline.