This term has been hectic in our household to say the least so we decided it was time for a Sunday Tiki Tour and a family day out! Cape Palliser Lighthouse, the lighthouse at the southern most point of the North Island, was our chosen destination.
Cape Palliser Lighthouse with Powerlines. I like including old powerlines in my photos so I am a bit of a sucker for them when I see them! I love their line and personality (sounds weird, I know!!), and they give a sense of time. Some are old and wooden, others are like these, then there's the really modern ones. Anyway, back to the trip ...
On the way we stopped off at the gorgeous town of Martinborough which is one of New Zealand's top wine destinations. Too early for wine tasting yet though :-) So stopped off in a cafe for coffee. We loved the way their Toast Martinborough posters were displayed. I love recycling old stuff to use in a new way too so couldn't help but photograph this gorgeous pot on a table outside. One of our kids wanted to photograph me drinking my coffee so I let him, and I quite like how he captured me!
I really do love a wild day, perfect for visiting a lighthouse! The view behind was just as interesting as the one ahead of us!
More power poles featured!! Very wild landscape!
The Lighthouse Keeper's House (or it was but now the Lighthouse is lit automatically with the light flashing every 20 seconds).
Hidden from view nearly!
The walk up was windy! If you want to see some of these images better you'll need to click on them and scroll through because they are vertical photos. You'll see our youngest walking down in one of the shots, he was practically crawling along holding on to the rails for dear life!! We caught a glimpse of the original steps and of course they were pretty rough, and I can't imagine there would have been hand rails either! The Lighthouse Keeper would have to be brave, strong, determined and always thinking of the greater good. There is no way you would want to be responsible for a ship landing on that shore.
We made it down safe and sound of course! All waiting for mother dear because she was taking photos ... oohh my patient family :-) Then it was off to see the seals (who really do love to show their best side)!
Our trip isn't over yet but I'll share another blog over the holidays of the remainder of our Tiki Tour. There was just so much to see that I can't fit it into one blog!
Why do I write about personal stuff every now and then? To try to inspire you to document your memories, your every day, and your one off's! Over the holidays, I'll be printing these photos so we're reminded of this trip and I encourage you to do the same, don't leave those memories on your phone, computer or hard drive. Special moments have a place in your heart and totally deserve to be seen, it helps keep the memory alive!
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Caroline is a Family Lifestyle Photographer who loves to document family stories in an emotive and creative way. She enjoys tangibly preserving stories into beautiful albums and framed or boxed artwork.