Sunday, 21 August 2016

This is what we look at every day from where we live.  The big green field belongs to a college (high school), the fancy building is an art center.  You can see Hauraki Bay, the city of Auckland and on the left are businesses and a parking terrace.  This is Fred Thomas Street which our apartment complex is located on.  This week we have had wonderful weather.
Friday, August 19, 2016, we went to the YSA regional dance at the QBE (North Harbour Stadium).  We arrived at 8:30 p.m. and there were a few people there but not many.  The music was very loud and the area around the stage was a little dim.  The YSA pretty much just danced in their little groups all night.  We were hoping they would mingle a little more or have some different activities to encourage mingling but it didn't happen.

The theme was the 90's and this group were all dressed up like this.  I'm not sure what it has to do with the 90's but they were having a good time.

These girls are from our YSA ward, Jessica Evans (on the left) is one of our Relief Society Presidents.

Lose and Amanda also from our YSA Ward.  We stayed until about 11:00 p.m. then headed home.  While we were leaving some YSA were just arriving.  The dance ended at midnight.

Saturday morning the 20th we left at 9:00 a.m. and headed to Omeru Scenic Reserve with Elder and Sister Henderson.  It is about 40 minutes north of where we live.  We have decided that we are going to try to see something different every weekend if we can for the next 8 weeks before we go home.

Nada, Kathy and Jim Henderson with Kaipara Bay in the the distance.

Omeru Scenic Reserve in Kaukapakapa,  This was the first set of waterfalls.

Reed in front of the second set of waterfalls.  It was a little cloudy today but the temperature was just right for hiking.

Jim, Kathy and Nada by the river after the waterfall.

The foliage is just so green and beautiful everywhere we go in New Zealand.  We are amazed how many different colors of green there are.

These two waterfalls were close together.  They both had nice swimming holes if it was warmer.

So beautiful and green.  You can see the bridge down the river we had to cross to get to the big waterfall.

This trail down to see the big waterfall was very step and slippery.  Thank goodness someone had installed this rope to hold onto.  Kathy slipped and fell but did not get hurt.  It was a pretty good workout.  You can see Waitangi Waterfall in the background.

Waitangi Waterfall.  This would be a great swimming hole during the summer.  In the literature it says that people come here to swim.

The trail got really rough after the waterfall so Reed went alone to see if we should all follow.  He said no but saw this at the top of the trail.  Beautiful scenery.

When we got back to our car there were about 8 or so big hens and roosters just wondering around the car wanting some food.  We had a snack and threw some of the crackers to them.  They loved them.
We had a great day again.  We drove over to Helensville because Elder and Sister Henderson had never been there, stopped and had a fruit infused ice cream cone and then headed home.  We spent the afternoon cleaning, doing laundry and relaxing.  New Zealand is a beautiful place.  There are so many interesting and beautiful things to see within an hour or two of where we live.  We feel so blessed to serve here and have some time off on the weekends to do some exploring.

We are so grateful each day for all our blessings.  Heavenly Father has created so many beautiful things, people and places.  We hope you enjoy some of these with us.

Until next time.  Love Elder and Sister Spencer (aka Reed and Nada)


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