I hired this little car. Cute, eh? It made me smile. I named it Cedric, after the car in the David Parker/Nadia Tass film, The Big Steal. (If you haven't seen this lovely movie, rent it out - it's fab!)
As Cedric and I wound through the hills, we drove through this... Cool, temperate rainforest.
I stopped for lunch and wandered down this path...
...and walked along this beach. I shared the entire stretch with one woman and two little girls.
I drove on and found a hotel for the night. This was the view from my room.
And this, in the other direction, taken on a misty, moisty, drizzly day.
I ended up staying there several nights, writing and walking and writing some more. Got loads done.
Every morning and every night I walked along the beach, scrambling over rocks (which I love) or sinking my toes in sand and small waves. This beach was right across the road from the hotel.
At night I sat quietly on the rocks and watched tiny fairy penguins, so sweet and shy and dauntless as they clambered and waddled over rocks and up the hill to their burrows, where we could hear hungry chicks cheeping imperiously. I didn't take theses photos; I didn't want to disturb them with a flash, and I didn't have a good enough camera to take pics without.
On the last day, I continued down the east coast. I ate my lunch on this beach and collected broken shells for a jewellery idea. I always collect shells and stones and bits of driftwood from the beach. Can't help myself, even when I know I'm flying home with only walk-on baggage.
I stopped here just to stare at the view...
And had a coffee here...
This old cowshed must have the best view in the world, I think — cowshed-wise.
I came home with a firm resolve to organize a writers' retreat here one day.