Monday, 6 February 2012

Sunday in Summer


We had a fantastic day boating yesterday in beautiful Central Otago.  It was cloudy at times, but very warm and we made the most of the time spent on the water.



Our Kelly loved being on the boat, she wanted to sit up front and help navigate!  Guess it felt like riding with us on the motorbike at home for her......... 


Below is the view we had of the Clyde Dam from Lake Dunstan, the storage reservoir lake behind the dam.  I remember as a child how controversial this whole 'Think Big' project was in New Zealand in the late seventies and early 80's, and it divided communities and indeed still does today as there are more dam projects mooted periodically for the Clutha River.  Many of New Zealand's lakes and rivers support hydroelectric power stations and the Clyde Dam is one of the more recently built ones(finally commissioned in 1992).


And the view of the dam from the lookout on the bottom side ..........


... and looking down the Clutha River from the lookout towards Alexandra at the foot of the hills in the distance.  Alexandra regularly records the highest daily temperature in NZ in the summer and also the coldest daily temps in the winter - Central Otago is the home of seasonal extremes in weather!


On the way home this is a shot looking down on the Clutha from the road high above..........

I hope you enjoyed a little trip on the Clutha, stitching will likely make a return on my next post  :-)

Till next time.................Nicky

PS: There is a little surprise coming soon, following on from my last post, watch this space.

23 comments:

shez said...

oh Nicky what a beautiful place and so glad you all had so much fun.xx

Marg said...

That brings back memories, not the boating in Central Otago, but the view and seeing the dam.
It looks like you had fun.

Deb said...

Nicky what beautiful weather you had. So pleased you managed to get a break. Kelly certainly looks like she is enjoying herself

Maria said...

Great shots Nicky - I love the scenery down there and especially when the dam is opened and spilling.

Fiona said...

looks lovely... clear days on the water..... fun... and everyone sleeps well afterwards...
Hugz

Michelle said...

Certainly looks like a lot of fun... thanks for sharing some photo's of our beautiful country one day I hope to visit the South Island again :O)

Susan said...

Gorgeous photos Nicky. We are travelling through NZ in April and I just can't wait - it looks fantastic.

Chookyblue...... said...

what a beautiful location........

Kath said...

Would love to have some of your sun here.... nothing but low cloud for over a week now. Your doggie loves a day out too on the water lol.

Ali Honey said...

It looks like a wondrful family day.
I have only visited your part of the country once about 4 or 5 years ago. We had a lovely time and found it very different from our part of the country. The lack of traffic was really noticable and the grandure of the scenery.

Annie said...

That looks so wonderful! Gorgeous photos and I can just feel the sun and breeze.

Lynda said...

Such beautiful countryside Nicky.

Cardygirl said...

Looks like fun!

Tatkis said...

Certainly great Sunday! You had a lot of fun!

Hugs,
Tatyana

Katrina said...

What great pics Nikcy, looks like a really fun day out! Have a good week :)

Lyn said...

Sounds like the perfect weekend...the weather has been great up Central over the summer..Kelly looks right at home in the boat...loved the shot previously of her in the life jacket...

Charlie and Wendy said...

Looks like you had a wonderful Sunday. Beautiful scenery!

Siobhán said...

Oh wow, I loved seeing the pictures! Thanks so much for sharing them with us. It looks like a beautiful place! I always joke with DH that we should have moved to NZ instead of Ireland--but then realize that it'd have meant MIL would have visited for longer periods of time. Eek.

loulee said...

Beeeeeautiful.
I remember water sking at Christmas on Benmore. Something that just wouldn't happen here in GB

Too many eggs said...

wow great photo's looks like you had a great day...

beautiful area

Jeanne said...

Beautiful photos - love the dog onboard!

Susie said...

The photos are fabulous - would love to go to NZ one day!! soon I hope!

Suzanne said...

Great photos and it looks like a fun day out. Glad you are having some sunny weather, I think ours has forgotten to come out.

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