Bush robin, Salt Water Lagoon
Now in my second year of life in Hari Hari I am starting to feel as if I am on familiar ground. The mornings are becoming cooler, often misty, and the evenings are getting shorter - I know this weather and it’s return is like the return of an old friend. Over summer, I’ve been lucky enough to catch up with other old friends - people who stop regularly in Hari Hari (some from as far away as USA and Europe) for work or to hike, fish and hunt.
It is great to see familiar people again but whether someone has stayed for a meal, a night, a week or several months, they eventually leave so I am getting good at saying Good Bye. Often people stay in contact, especially the ones who have lived here a while - we connect up on face book, or they toot their horn as they drive past, or they stop in for a cuppa on their way through. For many of our guests the farewell is less of a "Good Bye" and more of an "Until we Meet Again".
Good Bye's have been on my mind a bit lately as our current crew of live in guests finish up their work and return to homes and families they haven't seen since Christmas. These guys have been staying with us for 5-6 months and have become part of the fabric of life at the Hotel. They will definitely leave a gap when they depart. But as I sit at my desk planning the activities of the Hotel over winter it is nice to know that there are lots of new friends out in the world and there is the chance that one day when we least expect it they will stop in and say hello, again!!
In early 2012 Penny & Nairn moved from central Wellington to South Westland. Welcome to the record of their adventures.