We arrived late and by the time we were out of the airport,
it was close to midnight.
comfortable king-sized beds at the nearest hotel
After a blissful night, this bumble bee was busy at the
entrance as we waited for transport back to the airport
to pick up our car.
After a few hours of slow driving through flat, rather boring
country, we came upon this marvellous Japanese restaurant
at Ashburton. A find indeed, with authentic beyond delicious
Japanese food. We were a bit late for lunch but they
very kindly kept the Restaurant open for us
so we could fully enjoy our meal.
it was so delicious I did not even think of taking a photo
until we were halfway through our meal.
I stil salivate just thinking about it.
DD, who organised the whole trip, is a seasoned traveller
and knows when to stop an stretch one's legs to ward
we stopped by a railway line, under some beautiful oaks
and although it was not such a great spot for stretching one's
legs, there was much to discover and appreciate in the grass
tiny lawn daisies
a sea of baby oaks
some roadside weeds glowing like miniature suns
and this interesting flower which neither of us was
acquainted with and much much more
(this plant has now been identified by Sweetpea
in my comments. Thank you Christ.))
a short stop, but so refreshing for the soul.