If you’ve been around awhile, you will know that when possible, I spend my summers in Lake Hawea.
I have been doing there almost every year of my life. It’s funny, because looking back, now my sister and I never really appreciated getting super tanned and spending at least a month living out of a tent (or caravan but that’s another story).
So as tradition, I was able to cash in a few days annual leave (not enough) over Christmas and travel up to the mountains.
There’s something so special and wonderful about having nothing planned, no clue of the time or day even. We stay in a big tent without power and I love it.
In the morning, the birds and boats on the lake wake you up a little too late and you are overheated due to the sun that’s already up. Days are spent by the lake, jumping into water that literally takes your breath away. Eating breakfast in the sun and getting a little too sunburnt. Wearing togs instead of the usual workwear. Reading all the books you brought with you, and then rushing to a bookstore to get some more. Sitting under the stars wrapped up in duvets.
The thing about not having power, is it’s very difficult to charge iPhones everyday. We often end up going for a drive into Wanaka just to charge our phones. Which isn’t so bad, as I normally end up at Soul Food and spend way too much money on vegan food.
Being in Central Otago, there is all the summer fruits around. Cherries, apricots, plums, peaches and berries. And goodness I had a lot of all of the above.
The fact I am back in Dunedin is very upsetting. And we have already started to plan next year.
Surprisingly this year, I hardly took many photos. Mostly because I spent every spare moment reading, but I wasn’t feeling the need to take photos every chance I got. Although going through these photos I am wishing I had more for memory sake.
Let’s be honest, this will just be a whole lot of photos of the lake.