It was a beautiful autumn midweek day, and Ailuros and I were going on a day-trip! The notion had hit him the night before, so after a flurry of texts (‘sound like a plan?’ ‘sounds great!’) he swung past about 10:30am and picked me up – and off we drove up to the Whangaparaoa Peninsula. We were going to Shakespear Regional Park, and we were going to have a picnic.
What do you need for a picnic? Not much, it turns out. We took the following with us:
- stunning weather – it felt more like summer than most of summer had!
- a parasol (of course), with sunblock in my bag
- lunch that he’d made, and dessert made by me
- and the all-important cameras (two of his, one of mine)
We nattered on the drive up, found a beautiful spot at Te Haruhi Bay, under a tree and right by the shoreline, and settled down for lunch – which was divine! Who expects to eat homemade gazpacho, topped with seared prawns and fresh coriander, at the beach? There was also homemade salsa (with lots of avocado) to go on crackers, and a delicious blue brie, too. *happy sigh*
After we’d stuffed ourselves, and lazed about a bit, we decided swimming was definitely the way to go. Being autumn, and a Tuesday, the place was practically deserted. There’d been a bird-watcher around earlier, and a someone fishing, but both had disappeared by this point. So Ailuros got into what was comfortable swimming attire for him – a full body wetsuit with funky booty wetsuit feet as well – while I went to the other extreme and just stripped off to skin instead. Hey, whatever works!
(Yes, there will be photos of that. Just not today.)
After swimming and splashing and a whole lot of floating and fun, we eventually emerged. And after months of failing to get myself a tree shot for the Scavenger Hunt, it occurred to me that the one we were picnicking under was perfect… so here they are:
You can just see our picnic stuff off to the right – and that lovely ocean behind me!
And then it was time for dessert. Mmmmm! I’d gone for something different too, and made blackberry and walnut muffins – they were delicious! Just what you need after a refreshing dip in the ocean, don’t you think?
All photos by Ailuros – he photographed me, and I photographed him (it seemed only fair!).