These pictures were taken on a little trip we took last week with the kids.
We hadn't travelled much in the central North Island of our country, so we decided to make our way to some new-to-us towns and stay in some different places. We visited tiny churches and expansive beaches, and explored geothermal pools and a wide range of cafes and tearooms.
In the first picture, you can see the wild arum lilies that seemed to be growing along most roadsides and even the edge of beaches. These are quite a pest because they smother native plant seedlings, and are poisonous to animals, but they are quite pretty en masse...
Another highlight was visiting the St Mary's church in the little town of Tikitiki. The church was built in 1926 as a memorial to Ngāti Porou soldiers who fought and died in WW1. The church has beautiful carved and woven panels and stained glass windows that mimic the woven Māori designs. And on the church pews there were lovingly made cushions in all different colours and sizes, crocheted, knitted and patchworked. Most were embroidered with family names - it was pretty lovely.
I found some treasures on my travels (luckily my family tolerates stopping at secondhand shops ;) that I'll put in my next post.
Hope this finds you well, lovely reader!