I was greeted in Nelson by the most beautiful weather, I managed to find Donna with out to much trouble well !! after I called her and she directed me. I parked up on the drive of her house for 2 nights ... there was lots to talk about, she took me for a tour the next day along to Mapua a lovely little inlet further along the coast. I toured around nelson on foot and saw the cathedral and the museum I left Donna's on Saturday but not until I had attended an Extensions Group ( Embroidery Guild) with her for an hour where I took part in the project for the day.... another post at later date... I then carried on around the coast to Motueka looking at all the lovely bays and beaches with Golden sands.
I then continued down the West Coast ... what some amazing scenery so rugged yet beautiful.
After a stop over night in West Port .... I continued on Sunday to Hokitika I saw the Pancke Rocks and the Blowholes but it was so calm not a lot of blowing going on ...shame.
I arrived at Miche'le and Jon's around 6.30pm ... Finally Jon took himself of to bed as Miche'le and I nattered into the night I think it may have been midnight when we went to bed ... a lovely real bed .... although I sleep very well in the campervan as well. So up this morning a bit more nattering and a look around Miche'le's shop By Hoki Quilts check her blog out here
Not the best of pictures as not a close up but you get the idea... a real country Quilt Shop 6 km outside of the main town.
Then it was all go to go across Arthurs Pass to Christchurch what some amazing views .... that is for another time .. I am safely in Christchurch, and have seen the first black clouds and some wind hopefully the weathermen have gotten the forecast all wrong fingers crossed.. I have also seen some of the terrible devastation from the earth quake here at the campsite there is piles of mud and big potholes all over the place and a few buildings not being used ..... but I am given to understand nothing like the centre of the city.