|Bridge across stream|
Two or three years ago I arranged for my cousin Hillary's husband Rodney ( a hard working farmer) to continue a bush track that finished in a dead end. To use this track you had to be wearing gumboots to get through patches of swamp! Due to difficulty few people made the effort to enjoy the experience.
|Bridge over swampy area|
|Wood ready to make walkway|
|Hostas in early Spring|
When visiting friends in the UK last year we visited Charles Darwin's house in Kent where I was impressed with a walk he established for contemplation - he placed 20 flint stones and kicked then off one a time until all finished then he went inside to write,
In my garden close to the house I have established hosta planting - plants that really enjoy the shady situation and there are a wide range of introduced trees and shrubs but it was the bush that originally attracted my attention.
The first track we completed runs along the side of a steep hill and features large puriri, tawa , mangeo and pukatea. Rodney ( with the help of Hillary) cut a new track down to the stream and Rodney built two bridges to cross the stream and two duckwalks through swampy areas. Now the track is a reasonably easy walk.
|Duckwalk through swamp|
When completed the two tracks will join together to make a figure eight walk.
|View across parataniwha and hydrangea in swamp|