the prior post got us through Rangiriri and Hamilton now we are headed to Cambridge for a home hosted lunch with our lovely hosts Dorothy and Ray Higgins- they run a dairy farm and sell to Fonterra Co-op - their milk goes to cheeses found in Trader Joe's in the U.S.
we eat first and ask questions later- LOL- Dorothy has prepared a waaaaay tasty little egg pie called "bread baskets" and lots of tea sandwiches for us- along with drinks and muffins and other goodies; (bread basket at top of the photo made with eggs bacon and lots of butter!)
the event was so overwhelming the dog has to take a nap- by the pool- LOL
Dorothy and Ray- and the view of the various plots on the farm where the herd is taken on a rotating basis:
before we go to the dairy operations we view Dorothy's amazing garden- she really had a green thumb!
then on to the dairy part of the visit:
along the way we make a quick stop at a kiwi fruit orchard - which greatly resembled grapes and is irrigated with the same drip irrigation we see at many vineyards...
then shortly we are off to Tirau (our "pit stop" along the way for WC and ice cream and coffee)
the next photo is the above one focused just on the center of this amazing water- you can see how clear it was and what incredible colors were contained in the reflection.... first the area marked for enlargement and then the close up-
the hot springs bubbling up underneath absolutely clear water- I have a video that shows this much better- phenomenal place---
the grasses/reeds like a ghost drifting down stream-
next up- finally- in to Rotorua! - see you there!