So the northern part of the West Coast was declared an official drought in the middle of March. We had no rain for over seven weeks. It was lovely basking in glorious sunshine but not so good for the farmers.
Well the drought is now officially over………
On and off rain for the last couple of weeks – nothing too dramatic, day of showers, overnight rain occasionally. All quite good, manageable really I guess you could say. Better than torrential rain as it would have just run off the land causing havoc, landslides, flooding etc.
This weekend however, heavy rains did arrive. It came in bursts – you know the ones, whenever you are outside, collecting the newspaper, putting out the recycling, in the middle of a walk somewhere deep in the forest ……..
We decided to get out and stretch our legs and take a walk on the Coal Creek Falls Waterfall track. Figured the waterfall would be in good stead for some nice photographs. We were prepared – lightweight hiking clothes, sturdy footwear and rain jackets.
The track starts in the back of Runanga – little village between us at Breakers and Greymouth. It is a lovely bush track in the rain forest.
It was only light drizzle most of the way in – didn’t even really get wet. Unfortunately though when your husband is a photographer, he has to hang around for that perfect photo – skies darken, drizzle turns to rain, rain gets heavier – mmmmm suddenly we’re wet – very, very, very wet!
Dogs just want to get back to the car – they’ve had enough – come on “my lovely” let’s get going. Just one more photo “honey”…..
I near run back along the track to get to the car with the dogs in hot pursuit. Stephen, well Stephen is happy to meander along and just enjoy the fresh air.
Our clothes dry quickly thankfully and Bless him – he does take some nice photos so it was worth it.
Jan and Stephen run Breakers Boutique Accommodation north of Gryemouth on the West Coast. They love to get out and explore the countryside and enjoy sharing their experiences and adventures with their guests. Rated #1 on Tripadvisor for accommodation in the area. Check them out if you’re heading to the West Coast, they’d love to show you around.