WCPFBA Waterway Challenge

water trough blackball firemen water challenge event

Saturday saw Blackball came alive with the sound of running water

hose running blackball water challenge

running…….

hosing the marker blackball firemens water challenge

water……..

hoses out firemen water challenge in blackball

and firemen

checking the score blackball water challenge

lead the way with the hoses firemens water challenge blackball

Blackball Volunteer Fire Brigade played host to the West Coast Provincial Fire Brigade Association water challenge (WCPFBA).

greymouth team event water challenge

team effort water challenge blackball

hose event blackball firemen water challenge

It was a great turnout with teams from Greymouth, Runanga, Brunner, Kumara, Hokitika and as far afield as Darfield and Rangiora in Canterbury.

tents ready blackball water challenge

Blackball turned on a stunning day of weather and a very entertaining event.

watching the games blackball firemens water challenge

There was plenty for everyone to see – if you didn’t mind the possibility of getting a little wet……

connecting the hoses firemens water challenge event blackball

The local teams did really well with Runanga A taking out the 2 man event

4 man team event blackballl water challenge

and Greymouth team in the fours.

watching from the fire truck blackball

hose roller blackball firemans water challenge

It was a privilege to see all these guys and girls in action – in a fun event, rather than a disaster.  They all do an amazing job and we would be lost without them so thanks heaps to every one of them up and down the West Coast and in fact to all our volunteer firemen countrywide.

Jan and Stephen run Breakers Boutique Accommodation on the Great Coast Road north of Greymouth.  They enjoy getting out and about and exploring the West Coast and supporting any community events.

 

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I’ve Been Published!

Wahoo – super excited as I’ve been published in a beautiful magazine Say Yes to Adventure.

richard and jan along beach track of heaphy track

In September Stephen and I mountain biked the Heaphy Track and shared our story with Hollie from Say Yes to Adventure which she found worthy enough of publication in her magazine.

SYTA_Volume 3_Mountain Biking the Heaphy Track

When initially invited to contribute I was slightly intimidated given the caliber of other stories previously published  – our adventures seem quite tame in comparison.  It was a huge honor to get our adventure accepted and even better to see Stephen’s photos in print.

enjoying the views from swingbridge heaphy track

Can’t thank Hollie enough for having faith in me and just goes to show that sometimes some of our best adventures are closer to home and more achievable than we think.

Jan and Stephen run Breakers Boutique Accommodation on the Great Coast Road north of Greymouth.  They enjoy getting out and about and exploring the West Coast and it’s many offerings both hiking and biking.

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Birthday Joy for Nico

Nico enjoying the creek

Our precious pup Nico turns 11 years old today

Nico as a pup in the grass

He has always been a very happy boy with a big heart

Nico enjoying a play in the creek

Loves playing and swimming in the creek

Nico enjoying a run on the beach

enjoys walks and runs along the beach

Nico Inangahua walk

or walking in the bush

Nico sleep time

but there is nothing better than a good snooze at the start, in the middle and at the end of the day.

Nico cruising on the beach

Happy birthday big fella.  We Love you.

Jan and Stephen run Breakers Boutique Accommodation on the Great Coast Road north of Greymouth.  Together with their two faithful friends Nico and Ziggy they enjoy getting out and about and exploring the West Coast.

 

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Birthday Boy – Ziggy turns 8 years old

ziggy

Happy birthday, happy birthday, happy birthday to our beautiful GSP Ziggy

Ziggy playing on the beach

A big 8 years old but still with the energy of a pup.

Ziggy playing ball

Ziggy started his day with a walk on the beach and some special treats after breakfast

Ziggy snoozing

Then it was time for a little nap……..

Ziggy with his stick

Alert again and time for walk next door to feed the chickens and come back along the beach with a compulsory swim in the creek

Ziggy playing ball on the beach

Ziggy with his ball

after another little nap finished the day with yet another walk along the beach with his favourite toy in tow

Ziggy and his long tongue

Happy birthday beautiful – love you to bits

Jan and Stephen run Breakers Boutique Accommodation on the Great Coast Road north of Greymouth.  They have two dogs Nico a Dalmatian and Ziggy a German Short Haired Pointer and together they love exploring the West Coast.

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A Step Back in Time – A Visit to Blackball

formally the blackball hilton

Visiting Blackball is like stepping back in time. Any stresses or worries are lifted from your shoulders and it seems like time just slows down.

It had been a while since our last visit to Blackball so we headed out for a drive and a walk about town.

miners cottage with flowering trees blackball

Blackball is a small village – a historic coal and gold mining village.  Many of the houses are old miners cottages – small, quaint and very cute.  There are some amazing old trees, many currently in bloom and the majority of the trees and shrubs have been around longer than most of us.

pretty lane blackball

We’ve picked a gorgeous day and being that Blackball is up the valley it is incredibly hot here.  Much hotter than at home with the mountains forming a great barrier from the cooler breezes that can come off the sea.

outdoor museum blackball

historic community centre blackball

The Blackball Community has been working hard of late getting new signage and interpretation panels put up and a great little outdoor museum.  We spy a map showing the township, points of interest and lots of little walks.

miners cottage blackball

old bus blackball

With not much time we’re just here to walk around the township, enjoy the peace and tranquility and take photos but rest assured we’ll be back for a proper explore and to check out these walks and points of interest real soon……

historic pulley wheels blackball picnic area

Thanks Blackball for a relaxing couple of hours in the sunshine immersed in history.

Jan and Stephen run Breakers Boutique Accommodation on the Great Coast Road north of Greymouth.  The Grey District is the Heart of the West Coast and encompasses many small historic gold and coal mining villages which Jan and Stephen love to explore.

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Riding the Waves – Nine Mile Beach, Great Coast Road

nine mile surf

Lets go surfing now, everybody learnin’ how, come on a safari with me……

nine mile breaking surf

Surfing conditions off the Nine Mile beach have been awesome of late.  With the summer holiday break there has been plenty of people visiting the West Coast hoping for some surf and they haven’t been disappointed.

nine mile surf and breakers

nine mile pipe

nine mile pipe surfing

Nice clear water and nice clean waves with some great barrels has helped wet their appetite and kept smiles on all their faces.

nine mile photographers

Others make the most of the great weather to get a feed of mussels from out off the rocks.  These ladies took the opportunity to capture the surfers in action.

nine mile pipe going off

The surfers were oblivious to their audience though – they were just enjoying the conditions and having a good time and why not – picture perfect, a surfers dream.

nine mile pipe surfer

Nine Mile Pipe, Great Coast Road, a surfers paradise.

Come along girl wait and see
Yes, I’m gonna take you surfin’ with me

Surfin’, surfin’ safari………

 

Jan and Stephen run Breakers Boutique Accommodation on the Great Coast Road north of Greymouth.  They enjoy getting out and about and showcasing their region.

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Misty Walk – 10 Mile Valley

10 mile valley in the mist

Hard to beat a walk up the 10 mile valley on a misty day

10 mile valley walk

My husband is a star and got most of the cleaning done early so we had some time to get out in the fresh air.

10 mile valley and creek

After so much sunshine of late it was good to see some rain and get our water tanks filled.

10 mile creek and debris

The 10 mile valley walk is so much more atmospheric after some rain and with the mist hanging in the trees and off the cliffs.

10 mile creek in flow

The river was raging and the waterfalls flowing.

10 mile valley walk smelling the roses

Nice to get out and smell the “roses”.  Thanks 10 mile for the rejuvenation of the soul……..

Jan and Stephen run Breakers Boutique Accommodation on the Great Coast Road north of Greymouth.  They enjoy getting out and about and exploring this wonderful region they are lucky enough to call home.

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