We have some dear friends who live near Nelson. We don’t get to see them very often, but always enjoy being with them when we can. One Sunday in December, we decided to make the trip up there to attend church with them, and then spend the afternoon together. It suited our friends, so we left here earlier than we usually get around on a Sunday morning and headed north! This was one of those times that Google Maps gets it right about the time it takes to get somewhere, so we ended up only a minute or two late for church. We had a great time reconnecting with people we know and love, and got back home that night tired but thankful for the gift of good friends.
Some of the scenery we enjoyed along the way was spectacular!
We ate lunch at a reserve on an estuary near our friend’s home.
After lunch, we walked around a small pond at one side of the reserve. I was amused when we came across Simon washing his boots in the pond. One of his brothers had gotten him muddy.
It almost looked like snow all over the ground—it was actually fluff from the cottonwood trees!
I think this was a shag sitting over the pond.
On our way home, we stopped for fuel in Murchison. Simon spotted this old truck across the way, and had to go take a closer look at it. He’s under the sign in a blue shirt; Mr. Imagination is standing next to the sign, in another blue shirt.
As we drove through the Buller Gorge, we were surprised to come up behind this horse and wagon!
We’re guessing the people were headed back to this picturesque farm.