Page 2 of Ferdi and Talita Travel Blog Posts

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Auckland May 6th 2010

Tuesday, May 4th We were woken by the arrival of a group of people at 6am. Stubborn refusal on our part to accept this reality allowed us to snooze till 8am. Sleeping in a parking lot is definitely not in anyway peaceful. Also, we were starting to feel a little like dirty street children, so we decided to go somewhere were we won't stand out so much. Some place with animals and the occasional other camper. And so it was that after breakfast we set off back to Ambury Farm RP. We'd not spent much time there, it's nice and peaceful, there's animals and only the occasional other camper. On the way we stopped for a few supplies and managed to get most of our hiking food too. Before reaching the park we spotted a nice ... read more
Spending the afternoon in another car park
We now have two homes to choose from
Quite spacious interior

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Auckland May 4th 2010

Saturday, May 1st We drifted up from a deep and peaceful sleep to Zulu crowing and a sunny morning that quickly turned into a rainy one. An hour later it was sunny again, so we dug out the chainsaw, gave it a thorough cleaning and started it up. Memories flooded back as we heard that familiar sound and smelled the oil and the chain-lube. Good memories mostly. Happy that it still runs beautifully we did a photo shoot for the auction on Trademe. With that done we said goodbye to the chooks (again), filled the water tank, and set off for Ambury Farm Regional Park, just south of Auckland City. We hit heavy rain as we drove west. It seems the winter rain had finally arrived in Auckland, but who really knows? Tomorrow might just as ... read more
The Clydesdale that completely ignored us after one little sniff
She's either pregnant or had another goat for lunch
Timmy is one scary turkey

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Auckland May 1st 2010

Wednesday, April 28th We decided to move a bit further south, for no other reason than to do something. Our few pieces of clothing were also in need of a wash so we thought we'd drive down to Orere point and see if the holiday park there would let us do our washing there. We said goodbye to Ginger and went to fill up our water tank before hitting the road. While Ferdi was filling the tank Talita spotted the kitten and gave her the rest of the tuna. We wanted to keep her, but we didn't cause we couldn't catch her. We took a leisurely drive down to Orere Point. We hadn't intended to stay the night, but they wouldn't allow us to wash our clothes if we didn't. We booked in and decided to ... read more
This will make Talita's hair brown?
Mmmm... All natural
Messy messy messy

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Auckland April 27th 2010

Sunday, April 25th What a gorgeous sunny day we woke to! To celebrate it we went for a nice jog down to the beach, up a steep hill (that nearly killed us!) and back to camp. We had a cold shower underneath the hose, then sat around reading, playing guitar and harmonica. It was a lovely and relaxing Sunday, a typical day of rest. We had a wee nap, then pulled out our wraps for lunch. Unfortunately these had gone extremely mouldy so we had to improvise. After lunch we watched a movie, then sat outside drinking wine and eating cheese, feeling very spoilt and happy in the late afternoon sunshine. We cooked up a big dinner and enjoyed this by the light of another starry night. We felt extra spoilt today! Today's highlights: 1. A ... read more
Even Talita's needed some maintenance
Sunset over Wenderholm RP
Camping at Omana RP

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Auckland April 26th 2010

Thursday, April 22nd The day dawned overcast and rainy in Orewa. We spent most of the morning in the van making use of the good internet connection to do a few online duties before having a late, but very delicious breakfast. Before leaving Orewa we stopped to pick up a few supplies, then headed north a few kilometers to the Wenderholm Regional Park. As we drove down the access road to the park we were taken by the beautiful autumn leaves blazing orange and yellow on the trees lining the road. We booked ourselves in, using an easy and effective telephone/envelope system. You pick up the telephone, a ranger answers, you give your details, put your cash in an envelope and drop it in the drop-box. You’re given the code for the combination-lock to the campground ... read more
We love the secluded nature of our camping spot
A friendly duck came for lunch
Big autumn leaves

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Auckland » Whangaparaoa April 21st 2010

Monday, April 19th We left Takapuna at 10am and drove to Albany Mall where we bought tickets to Alice in Wonderland 3D before doing a bit of shopping. At 12:15 we watched the movie, but we weren't very impressed. The acting was pretty bad and the story and characters were not gripping at all. Visually it's a stunning film, but if you're looking for an engaging experience we wouldn't recommend it. Back in the van we checked our email and got some bad news concerning our hopes for NZ. In a dark and confused mood we drove to Shakespeare Regional Park at the tip of the Whangaparaoa Peninsula. We needed time in nature to reflect and re-group. On the way we stopped for wine and chocolate to cheer us up. At camp we had a glass ... read more
Our camp spot at Shakespear
California Quail
Eastern Rosella

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Whangarei April 21st 2010

Friday, April 16th The day before yesterday, while driving to Whatipu, the left front brakes started to make a noise, so after breakfast Ferdi tried to see how much pad was left on the brakes. He couldn't see the pads without taking the wheel off so we thought we'd better have it checked out by a guy with the right tools. We left Piha just after 10am and headed into west Auckland. As we drove we noticed that the handbrake light kept coming on when we headed down hill and in our experience that meant we were running low on Brake Fluid so we stopped at the first garage we saw to top up. They had a workshop in the back and said they could also have a look at our brakes. We had to wait ... read more
Ferdi's new hat
Peach Cove
The Gang

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Auckland » Waitakere Ranges April 15th 2010

Tuesday, April 13th We've decided to go have an adventure for the rest of the week and the weekend. Mel's cousin was coming to stay with them for a few weeks and even though we're staying in the Boesman on the driveway we felt it would get a little crowded. Besides, we've been yearning to go do something, so it suits us just fine. We tried to go for a jog, but Talita's knee was acting up, so we just had a brisk walk. Then Ferdi gave the Boesman a thorough cleaning, both inside and out. With the Boesman sparkling (as much as it's possible for a rough road warrior like him to sparkle) we got the new and improved Birdsy out the garage for a photo shoot in the autumn leaves before loading her on ... read more
Now with safety gear!
Back into the wild
Awesome sand

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Auckland April 15th 2010

Saturday, April 10th Our stomachs were feeling much better but we suffered from terrible dehydration headaches. Mel prepared an awesome breakfast and then we washed all our bedding and towels to get rid of any lingering germs. While Team Smit was out shopping we cleaned the house. Then Talita made date squares while Ferdi went shopping for a way to charge that second battery that Graeme had so kindly given us. He found the perfect solution in a Battery Isolator. This little device is installed between the two batteries and allows both to be charged by the van's alternator while isolating the main battery, thereby protecting it from being depleted by things like the fridge and inverter. Back home Ferdi had to do some contortioning to get the isolator installed, but managed to get it done ... read more
Corn on the Cob was a hit with the ladies
The sun has set over the last autumn weekend
Enjoying a bottle of wine...

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Auckland April 11th 2010

Wednesday, April 7th We had another hard jog this morning followed by more work on Birdsy. Talita finished painting the stars while Ferdi started painting the seams of the frames with a zig-zag pattern. We found that we could only do short shifts, because bending over like that is murder on the lower back. For lunch we had a fruit platter and then we headed for the Boesman to have a nap. Heavy exercise in the morning is hard on our energy levels. After an hour of shut-eye we continued working on Birdsy. We really like the look of the stars and the zig-zags and hope to have her ready for varnishing by the weekend. We were very disturbed by news from “the homeland”. Seems that South Africa is going mental and we’re very worried about ... read more
Talita preparing another star stencil for spraying
Winter is just around the corner
Autumn leaves

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