Local Heart, Global Soul

August 16, 2012

An Excellent Breakfast, and a Floral Experiment…

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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

We woke up the next morning at the Oasis Motor Lodge with a cooked breakfast delivered to our door.

An excellent feast to get us up and energised for the day and which was quickly demolished with pleasure!

I’d managed to sort my clothes and suitcase the evening before and had some time on my hands whilst Himself and the kids returned to the swimming pool one last time before we hit the road again.

I’m busy settling myself a challenge (slightly more long term challenge than short term one at this moment) to resume drawing and have chosen a floral/ natural foliage as the item I’d like to improve my drawing skills with.

Although I love talking photographs I’ve never had too much success with flora photos so I use this moment after breakfast  to put in a little practice.

Yes, I probably should have put on the macro lens (but didn’t have it with me) and I didn’t have a tripod either, so results were so-so but good enough to use as drawing references at some later date when I have more time and better concentration skills.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

August 15, 2012

An Oasis with a Swimming Pool…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

We’ve had fun driving today and seeing the sights on our way south, but now everyone is tired and we come into the Wanganui at the end of the afternoon looking for a bed for the night.

Himself spots an accommodation sign  for the Oasis Motor Lodge that also advertises an indoor swimming pool and this combination has us persuaded and in the driveway within moments.

After signing in it’s apparent that this is a more old fashioned establishment…  the Family Room accommodation is a rambling set of rooms could easily house a small football team or a very large  family … we put Kiwi Daughter and Little Mr. in just one of the rooms, Himself and I take the double and leave the other massive room neat and tidy, but if you had six kids this accommodation would be perfect.

There’s a stove, fridge and even a small courtyard and laundry out the back of our unit so it’s a great find if you want cheap, cheerful and functional.

The older couple who run the place are very friendly and helpful, directing us to their favourite takeaway for our tonight’s easy meal (no photos since we were tired and ravenous) and taking our order for a cooked breakfast that will be delivered to our unit tomorrow morning.

Even though we are in town, there are sheep grazing in the empty section next door, and the kids quickly find the trampoline and the swimming pool before our evening meal arrives.  All in all this is comfortable and does the job.

It’s the kind of place that used to be typical in New Zealand years ago but which is slowly but surely disappearing as customers demand all mod cons when they travels as well as when they are at home.  The current owners are close to retirement and who knows what will happen to the place once it changes hands in the future.

We spend an excellent night here,  although it’s on the main road it’s well off the street, quiet and has plenty of play space for the kids and the beds are comfortable. Let’s look around…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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