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New Zealand Dawn

By katieb      
Taken from Te Kopuru looking across the Wairoa River towards the distant hills of Tangowahine. My father had a farm on those hills and in the valley mainly cattle, sadly he died when I was about 6 years old and my mother was forced to sell the farm - a neighbouring farmer bought it and most of the stock. When I went back to NZ I drove up the valley to see if I could remember where the farm was and to see if I could see the old farmhouse, it was strange I new immediately when I got to the farm the farmhouse sits on a hill with wonderful views and is mainly a ruin now. I remembered the name of the neighbouring farmers so I rang them on the off chance that they were still farming the land - eureka they were so excited to speak to me it was the son who now farmed the land and he remembered my parents and me, I rode to school on a horse with his sister. I was taken on a tour around the farm on the back of a quad bike, we went up to the to the top (or nearly the top) of those distant hills to look down on the farm and the old house. It was so surreal and I hoped my father could see me looking in wonder at the very beautiful valley that he farmed. I remembered to much even though I was so young - there is even a large paddock called Macky Flats - my maiden name.

Thank you for looking

Tags: New zealand Landscape and travel North Island wairoa river

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edrhodes 11 546 12 United Kingdom
4 Aug 2013 6:09PM
Must have been wonderful for you Kate.


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4 Aug 2013 6:10PM
Beautifully enchanting.

Richsr Plus
9 91 223 England
4 Aug 2013 6:11PM
A fine image Kate and great it worked out that you got to see the farm again - some way to see it on a quad bike too.

Regards Richard
fazzer Plus
7 54 7 United Kingdom
4 Aug 2013 6:59PM
Beautiful image
pink 13 3.6k 6 United Kingdom
4 Aug 2013 7:59PM
The thumbnail does not do it any justice, great detail throughout, love it
Briwooly 10 452 5 England
5 Aug 2013 4:34PM
Great shot and wonderful memories

AnnChown Plus
6 199 1 United Kingdom
5 Aug 2013 6:24PM
Superb pastels!
dudler Plus
13 464 881 England
5 Aug 2013 7:00PM
Very subtle, very beautiful.

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