Friday 1 May 2015

Down Under in New Zealand - Mahurangi Regional Park - A Day at the Beach!

I didn't get to go to the beach much while in New Zealand this time unfortunately as it was difficult going out.  We did have one lovely day out at Mahurangi Regional Park though and after our picnic on the beach I got to spend a little time on the beach which was fun.

I set off down to the water...

Oops...I think I have forgotten something!

A few minutes later, changed into my swim gear with my sun hat on, towel spread out on the sand I head down to the water again.

It seems a long way!

Yeah, nothing quite like warm sea water between your toes.

The water is so clear here in New Zealand, it really is quite something.

I love to go paddling.

Mum said not to go in too far though as we have to be careful about my hair.

Goodness she is always going on about my hair!  I mean just because I got it all wet with sand and sea water last year, doesn't mean it is going to happen again does it?

A spot of sunbathing...although not for too long as I don't want to burn.

Time to build a sandcastle.  Bucket and spade at the ready I fill up my bucket.

Smooth it off level.

Quickly turn it over...

Poke a stick in the top and there you have it - a sandcastle.

It would have been good if Peggy Sue had been allowed to come to the beach with me, but that was another one of Mum's 'worries'   She reckoned it wouldn't be good for Peggy Sue's joints!  Crazy I thought...

Ahoy there sailor!

I stare out to the sea

what do I see?

A sailing boat!

Sadly it was then time to go as Nan was getting restless and wanted to go home.  


  1. A beautiful day spent at the beach.So much to do, see and explore!
    Very daring of you to let 'Dear' Henry venture into the sea again and luckily he didn't fall this year.
    Love the sunhat and the short sunbathing session.
    Great sand castle too!

    1. Very lucky Henry didn't fall into the sea this year - he might not have had any hair left if he had!

  2. Dear Henry, To think you were in NZ and we didn't get to play together. Maybe another time? I know that these visits are difficult for your mum and she will have a lot on her mind while she's there. My papa has been a nurse for 38 years and has worked extensively with people with dementias, especially Alzheimer's disease and he explained to me how heart-breaking it is for the family. I know you'll give a lot of unconditional comfort to your mum when she needs it. Your friend, Angelo

    1. Dear Anglelo, maybe next year? I can't remember where in NZ you live, but it would be great if we did get a chance to meet up. Mum is always keen to meet other people. Yes she did find it really hard and is still finding it tough being so far away as it really is heartbreaking to see someone you love being 'stolen' from you. Sounds like your Papa has a fairly good insight with all his experience.