Day of rest

One of the biggest challenges to our family is actually taking time out to have family adventures.  It’s one of those things we all value immensely but somehow we don’t do enough of it.  So yesterday the sun was out and we decided to head to the Wairau Bar to do some kawhai fishing and check out the whitebaiting action (or lack of…). 

Aaron & Tahlia

Aaron & Tahlia

The Wairau Bar is a 19 ha gravel bar where the Wairau River meets the sea at the top of the South Island.  It is an important site to Maori because early Maori settled here and evidence has been found of Maori burial sites, moa and other long extinct fauna.   I suspect the local Maori would also have a lot of wisdom when it comes to fishing here.  An older Maori woman told me the kawhai wouldn’t be running because the waves were breaking too far out today, and she was right!  Check out the birds-eye view here.



There was such a cultural mix of folk with the same idea, these guys may look like they are about to rob a bank but are actually just wanting to catch a feed and the balaclavas are a result of still acclimatising to the chilly Southerlies that can frequent New Zealand beaches!  The wine industry and associated labour has seen many foreign workers arrive, mostly from warmer climates.  

We then spent the afternoon attempting to kayak down the river that runs through the middle of the family vineyards.  For a run-down of that check out my daughter’s blog: www.talywaly5.wordpress.com


8 Responses to “Day of rest”

  1. 1 abbietaylor
    September 29, 2008 at 2:36 am

    Great to see you guys having some quality family time. Daylight savings is here – waa hoo some extra daylight hours. What an exciting venture for you releasing your own label. Looking forward to getting my hands on some fiasco, to enjoy over the warmer months!

  2. 2 fiascowines
    September 29, 2008 at 6:20 pm

    As head graphic designer, I’m sure there’s more than a bottle or two with your name on it! Oh, and yep I was loving daylight savings until suddenly it was time to cook tea and it was raining, again.

  3. 3 Mum and Dad
    September 29, 2008 at 6:50 pm

    Congratulations and we wish you well on your new venture.Im sure with your enthusiasm and anergy you will do well. Look forward to the launching party. We will keep you up to that.

  4. 4 Mum and Dad
    September 29, 2008 at 6:52 pm

    Whoops! Sorry meant energy Ha! Ha!

  5. 5 fiascowines
    September 29, 2008 at 6:55 pm

    Thanks! Do you think the woolshed will be a bit rugged for a wine launch?! At least I’ve tricked you into blogging, even if I can’t get you onto Facebook!

  6. 6 Laurin and Bridget
    September 29, 2008 at 8:06 pm

    Go hard with your new venture. We also look forward to the launching party in the woolshed HaHa
    Save us a bottle or two……

  7. September 29, 2008 at 8:07 pm

    Did someone mention free wine….?

  8. 8 fiascowines
    September 29, 2008 at 8:13 pm

    I love giving it away – eeek, about now someone should probably warn hubby I’m the worst ever at actual sales! btw, Bridget, looking forward to the Hen’s night. Got a great pic of the twins today, might have to post it on here actually!

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