Alert level 3 – Day 4 – 1/05/2020

Mokihinui River and bridge

The river is clear. calm and rather noisy as the water flows over the rapids near the bridge. We can hear the sound from up at our house. I like it! I didn’t go to work today, so I decided to take a different walk with the dogs this morning. We went down the front of our property, towards the river. We have a good parcel of land in the front and over time Laurie is developing it into paddocks and pasture.

When we first bought our land, we had a young family and we’d come over to The Coast for holidays. There was no access to the top of our hill so we had to park on the roadside and walk up. I still have visions of our boys trudging up the slip carrying their suitcases for a week or two camping! We carried everything up that we needed. At first we stayed in tents but over time built a small shelter that was named Hope Hut. The hut has fallen down now and it is slowly rotting back into the bush. Laurie wants to tidy it up and that will mean a total demolition. We have lots of memories tied to that hut so I went down and took some last photos before it is gone for good. It’s a bit iconic and I will miss it being there! The gum trees in the photos were planted by our boys and us in that first year or two with the idea they would be good for fire wood one day. Some of them are getting pretty big now.

I walked to a point where I overlooked the river and road. It’s quite a drop in altitude – maybe 70 – 80 meters. The views from there are quite different than those up the top of the hill,

Looking up the hill to our house

Walking back to the house I skirted the side of the bush and then cut through it for the final last climb. The bush on the side of our hill that goes down towards the river is largely untouched in places. I really like it, although the kiekie and supple jack make walking through it very difficult in places!

Laurie goes back to work tomorrow, so I’m at home on domestic duties. No complaints from me – it’s my happy place. I still have heaps of jobs here to keep me busy and there is so much to see and enjoy. The weather forecast is for heavy rain. I think Kayden and I might have a movie and popcorn time!

Fungi growing in the paddock

4 Comments Add yours

  1. Trace says:

    Hi again – its Tracy from Darfield.
    I love your posts – I relay them to my family who seem to think I’m pretty cool for knowing a kiwi handler! I have 3 boys 17, 14 and 12 and we all adore Mokihinui – interesting to read that you bought bare land to start with..
    Is that something you would recommend? We own 2 historic buildings so are definitely no strangers to hard work but… we’ve never started from a clean slate before…
    I’d love to hear more about your journey.
    Don’t forget I have lots of herbs to send over when you’re ready!
    Kind regards


    1. wild4eva says:

      Hi Tracy
      So lovely yo hear from you again!
      Maybe you could email me and I can chat to you that way?
      Look forward to hearing from you!


  2. terry. says:

    Shame about that line of power poles and electricity line running up to the house. Would be a great place to be off the grid 🙂


    1. wild4eva says:

      Hi Terry. We are 100% off grid. The power lines are owned by NZ Police, who have a communication tower foe emergency services on our property. Before that it was a TV transmitter for Seddonville and here when we bought the property. Not enough power for a house.


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