Cathy and I got a rare weekend away together, just to enjoy some girlie time - DVDs, lots of chatting, coffee, movies, markets. If only it had been a week! Cathy found this cute self-contained cottage 15 mins north of Warkworth - up a long dirt road, and down a steep rutted track, but so worth it. Had to find out how to turn on the power - solar heating panels in foreground there, and some gas help to build up necessary voltage and be stored in container inside.
Worm farm attached to the flush toilet - water in tank - gas stove top. Once we'd worked it all out it was easy and fun.
Couldn't get over how utterly dark it was at night - couldn't see my hand in front of my face in bed - and in the morning, the birdsong was glorious.
View from our bedroom (below).
The little bridge had solar powered fairy lights on it that lit up in the evening.
Cup of tea and toast in bed in the morning.
My bed. . .
Matakana market was great - the crowds not too bad, and now I know where all the English go in the weekend.
Still in our pyjamas in the front of the cottage.
Yes, we did do a bit of paddling around the lake.
Fresh smoked salmon on toast - from the Matakana market.
Movie at the Matakana cinema.
And to round it all off - High Tea at Brookfields Tea House - delicious. A brew of 'Girly Grey' suited us perfectly.