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Surf report from Piha

Perfect day out in the water. Nice size swell, maybe 3-4 feet, and very light wind. I paddled out around 10am to a small crowd of surfers over near Lion Rock. It was really easy getting out, nothing like the past two days. Within half an hour about 20 more people had joined us. Very crowded. I caught some great waves and also took my fair share of falling and being thrashed around. I came in after having a wave crash on my head and send the board flying into my pelvis. Ouch. No major injury, though. But I am …

My first few days in Auckland. The long version.

Friday morning, Auckland I woke up early, around 7am, from a pretty decent sleep in my little one-person room in the YWCA. It was on the fifth floor and the window was open to a cool breeze and a obscuring veil of green leaves. I had sweat profusely carrying my big pack from the Airbus drop-off point a few blocks away. My t-shirt was almost soaked through. The evening before I had strung the nylon rope across the room, from the metal pole holding the window open to a handle on one of the cabinets. I washed my shirt and …

Some pictures….

My new car, my tent and the sheep field. Bliss after no-sleep-Auckland. Camel Rock against the setting sun over Piha waves.   My work today pulling up Wandering Jew and other assorted weeds alongside the road: View on the road to Cascade Falls this afternoon: That’s all for now…

Some gardening wisdom with Bobbie

There are only two things in New Zealand that will hurt or possibly kill you: the katipo spider and the white-tailed spider. She told me this the first day as she was cutting New Zealand Flax stalks and I was hauling them away. White-tailed spiders like to live down near the base of the flax trees. The white-tailed is not aggressive, and the bite won’t necessarily kill you. You will be put on antibiotics right away and the resulting infection may be nasty.