The Inevitable Giant Hand Bum Smack Photo

When in Wanaka it is the law that you must take a photo of someone getting a smack from the giant hand sculpture. It was surprisingly hard for my nephew to follow my instructions to maneuver into position, so this blurry effort is the best we have.

Awesome Autumn

What a fantastic day for Autumn – The Pigalinas went on a bike ride from Hawea to Albert Town (20kms return) along the river and then spent some time with the family down at the lake.

(An aside – There is a video of Pigalina, aged 13, having a bit of a freak out in a blow up boat on Lake Hawea. I couldn’t get back to shore. The camera pans back to reveal that I was only about 4 metres out. How my family laughed. This time I managed to control my fear despite the other person in the kayak with me ignoring my frantic paddling back to the beach.)

As mentioned yesterday, Hawea is way better than Wanaka which gets all the glory. There were two other groups down at the lake when we were there. The next day in Wanaka the place was over run with people, cars, ducks and boats. Hawea for the win. Everytime.

ANZAC Day at Hawea

I woke up in time for the Dawn Service but it was pouring with rain so, I’m sorry, I remained in bed.
It was a changeable day as you can see from this picture taken on our walk today.
Here’s a tip for you too if you are traveling in Central Otago: Hawea is way better than Wanaka. They are only 20 minutes apart but Hawea has about 20 times less people.

Roadtrip

You must think that I never work, and this week you would be right. We have just had Easter weekend and now we are heading for ANZAC Day, which this year falls on a Friday.
Mr Pigalina’s side of the family are heading to Lake Hawea in Central Otago and we took a half day to go too.
Here is the view from the Cromwell lookout on the way.

Sunny Alexandra

Another meeting in Alexandra today. The day started well with those picking me up led 20 minutes astray by the GPS. The whole journey was spent in thick fog only for it to be a beautiful day at our destination.
On the way back we stopped at a fruit stall and then two of us fell asleep for most of the rest of the way. Not a bad day at work!