TWIZEL For a day called Black Friday, it sure did start off with a beautiful sunrise. I missed the beginning of it but screamed out the back door of our room and grabbed a few shots as the sky lit up. It turned the mountains opposing the sunrise all shades of gorgeous. Purple mountain majesty indeed!
Packaging for a Wizard’s Wand. Name and Address Blanked out to Prevent any Muggling.
My ears perked up when I found out that our good friends oldest boy is such a Harry Potter fan that they are going to both HP theme parks in Orlando for his birthday. I thought I’d have just enough time to construct a wand for him before they left.
About a week and half ago we went to a local large cat sanctuary here in Jacksonville called Catty Shack for a nighttime feeding. We’d been once before with a niece that is really into animals and knew it was a really neat experience. That was a daytime visit. As expected, the nighttime visit let us see a more active side to these impressive beasts.
We got up as early as we could and headed out of town. Today we would get to see what so many before us thought was the most spectacular part of their NZ trip – Mt Sunday! The trick was to get up early because it’s about a 2.5-hour drive and the best light is supposed to be from about 10-1pm. I was hoping for some nice photos.
After folding our nice and dry clothes, we whipped up our now standard breakfast of oatmeal, complimentary apple from the lobby, and peanut butter. Then it was time to check out and head for the ferry.
We knew that our trip would entail a lot of driving, but this was the longest day of driving that we just couldn’t plan around. We were not near an airport and there were things we wanted to do around Tongariro National Park, but there is not a lot of NZ that we really wanted to see between this latitude and Wellington which is at the very southern tip of the north island. The only solution that made sense to us was to drive. It was going to be a long day.
If you live in the southern US you may have loquat trees somewhere nearby. If you live in Jacksonville, FL, the fruit is ready to pick and eat now. The tree itself is nice looking and so is the little orangey-yellow fruit. I think most people have them for their ornamental value but the fruit is tasty.