Good friends of ours live out at Raglan, a lovely small coastal town a reasonably quick 40 minute drive from Hamilton and on the West Coast. TOF and I both love this place, the rugged natural beauty, the good fishing and the excellent surf are but a few of the things that attract people from all over the world to this gorgeous wee place.
The drive out today was a little overcast and grey with the odd showers of rain, but the scenery is still rather nice even in these weather conditions.
|TOF always like to check out the surf above Bryant Beach.|
|The views are spectacular even back in land to the surrounding hills.|
|The rugged west coast with a choppy sea today and wind so strong even the trees grow on a lean.|
|Flax plants flowering and cows in the paddocks.|
|Loads of Surf Board places, wooden stairs and huge big pines.|
|Beach baches dotted on the hills, bridge from town to the camping ground and the local hotel.|
|Pohutukawa trees getting red to bloom and small boats enjoying the safety of the harbour.|
We always go for a drive to the wharf. Today there were people fishing off it, and I like the iconic to Raglan and favourite shops of mine that now live on the newly built building at the wharf. I have heard good things about the cafe, still need to stop there one day. But we were on our way to have a BBQ for dinner with our friends.
Their house is elevated with some spectacular views. I don't think you can ever get sick of watching the ocean as it is always changing both in shape and in colour.
Their cat Yogi is similar to our Tex, and just as BIG!!
The deck is huge and the BBQing was being done there. Their home is surrounded in quaint baches like this blue one. They have these ethnic dudes scattered about inside their house.
The sun was slowing going down but no spectacular bright sunset tonight was on show.
Before we knew it the night had set in and it was time to head home. It was a nice afternoon/evening spending time in a beautiful place with good friends.
A little something to remember while you enjoy your weekend: