A Stroll along Clark's Beach - but not a superhero in sight!

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September 20th 2009
Published: September 21st 2009
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Some sweet little holiday homes known as 'baches' line the shore at Clark's Beach.
One of the things I love most about living in New Zealand is having so much great scenery right on our doorstep. Even now after living here for almost 2 years, we are still finding new nooks and crannies to explore.

Today we took a drive to pretty Clark's Beach, a small beach-side community made up primarily of baches (holiday homes), just a 30-minute drive away from home. It's been a long while since we were out exploring properly as winter, although not as harsh as back in the UK, has been pretty damn cold this year. Now that spring has sprung, we were itching to get our walking shoes on again and see more of the lovely local sights.

Walking along Clark's Beach in the sunshine was just heavenly. A cool wind was blowing and unfortunately it felt a little too cold for me to want to go dipping my toes in the water. In the distance on a faraway shore we could just make out the needle-like silhouette of the Sky Tower and we could also watch the planes coming in to land at Auckland Airport across the harbour.

The beach was strewn with a multitude

If you look very, very closely you might be able to see the Sky Tower poking up in the distance just to the left of where Glynn is standing!
of shells of all shapes and sizes although mostly it was sandy underfoot. There were some lovely gnarly old trees overhanging the beach too, all of which added to the lovely, natural setting. I can totally see why so many people would want to own a holiday home here. In a true sign of the tough economic times though, we noticed many For Sale signs outside baches and houses - possibly as many as 1 in 5. Very sad to see.

Jish too enjoyed getting out and getting some sand between his paws. He hasn't had any new adventures since Sydney and I swear if he's had a bucket and spade, he wouldn't have left the beach all day!

Hope you are all well and have had a good summer :-)

Additional photos below
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Big SkyBig Sky
Big Sky

Another big blue Kiwi sky with a little Jude beneath it.
Rest StopRest Stop
Rest Stop

Jish rests his weary paws for a while.

Jish gets a flying lesson from his dad.
Red White and BlueRed White and Blue
Red White and Blue

I've no idea what kind of tree this is but the red blossoms looked so vibrant against the bright blue sky.
Shelling OutShelling Out
Shelling Out

How many shells can you spot in this photo?
Beach BouldersBeach Boulders
Beach Boulders

More lovely views from Clark's Beach :-)

Another family portrait in the sun :-)
Life Goes OnLife Goes On
Life Goes On

This dead driftwood tree has actually taken root again and sprung back to life!
Blue HeronBlue Heron
Blue Heron

A lonely blue heron scans the shoreline for food.
Blue HeronBlue Heron
Blue Heron

The blue heron prepares to get away from the bloody tourists who keep interrupting his food hunting!
Trunk CallTrunk Call
Trunk Call

I just like this tree root as it reminds me of an elephant trunk!
Great Big Bushy BeardGreat Big Bushy Beard
Great Big Bushy Beard

David Bellamy, is that you?
Nature's RestNature's Rest
Nature's Rest

It's a hard life, eh Glynn?
Tree HammockTree Hammock
Tree Hammock

Oh well, Jude reckons that if you can't beat 'em, join 'em!!
Life's A BeachLife's A Beach
Life's A Beach

Wish you were here :-)

22nd September 2009

First Flying Lesson?
Good to see you've got Jish out and about - Is that the first flying lesson he's had? I like the look of the tree hammocks and the vegetation generally. :-)

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