Well, it’s been a busy few weeks! I’ve been away from home again, helping a family for the past month, so I haven’t had a lot of time (or brain space) to get a post out. But today I have a bit of extra time, since my work finished a couple of hours early.
I got up to the second day of our family trip last, so I thought I’d continue that today. Here’s day three.
Our second night out, we stayed with some of the friends I helped last year. While there earlier last year, I learned about the church a family member owned, but never got to see it. On our way to Ashburton the morning of our third day, Mom and I found it and stopped to have a look! It’s a lovely wee thing, always open to whoever wants to go in and pray or have a few quiet moments with the Lord.
The cactus outside was blooming (I guess you can tell how dry this climate is in the summer…!). So pretty!
While Mom and I went to a used bookstore (lots of fun), my brothers went to an aviation museum. They didn’t find the aviation museum quite as interesting as they had hoped, but they still enjoyed having a look at the 20+ planes there. This (second picture below) is one of the earliest planes to be flown in NZ, I believe.
Mom and I, meanwhile, found a stack of books to buy—whether we needed them or not! (Unfortunately, I didn’t get a picture of the bookstore or our stack of books.) The museum was interesting, although I was thankful I didn’t have to be there the whole morning. There were some fascinating plane designs, as well as some older planes. When we finished looking around after lunch, we were all ready to get on the road again!
After the morning in Ashburton, we took off for the Mackenzie country! Such a difference from the coast; it’s a very dry part of the country. But what it might lack in green, it makes up for in majesty!
There are multiple canals in the area, but the parts that are undoubtedly my favorite are the lakes and mountains. The first lake you get to is Lake Tekapo, and it was a beautiful blue the day we went through. Every time we’ve gone past, we’ve tended to stop somewhere for pictures, and this time we got to see the new bridge and the old church. It was a beautiful day, although it was a bit cloudy!
I am so thankful for the two sisters the Lord has given me!
The younger ones loved exploring around the water.
I loved the lupins there!
My baby sister thought it was the perfect chance to do some rock throwing!
That night, we stayed with friends who own the hardware shop in Twizel, Jake’s Hardware. They’ve been good friends for years, and it was wonderful to get to catch up with them again!