Today I decided I wanted to go Tora which is on the Wairarapa coast north of Lake Ferry. It is about the same distance as Masterton is from Lake Ferry but amazingly we travelled through very different country. Tora itself is inland I discovered, although when we got to the beach there was a road that goes south along the coast called the Tora Settlement Rd.
Today we turned north along the Te Awaiti Rd and drove about 15 mins beside the coast.
Maggie Mae thought she was in heaven and rolled in the grass as soon as we got out of the car..
It was lunchtime but first things first - I got a piece of linen I had wrapped and tied around my rusty wire from Lake Ferry and put it in a rock pool, thinking the tide was going out.
After lunch Steve and I wandered over the rocks watching as the sea swirled up through crevices and into rock pools.
I had to look more closely at the orange mark on the rocks, thinking it might be some dead rare orange sting ray. It wasn't, just a rusted and broken signal pole and aren't the colours beautiful?
As we walked back I noticed how the rocks were actually stacked one against the other like dominoes that had been frozen solid as they fell.
On the beach I sat watching and listening while Steve and MM walked away around the beach to the next lot of rocks jutting out into the sea..
As I sat I could feel the waves as they seemed to take a big deep breath and crash onto the shore. There were large pieces of brown kelp and seaweed in the curving face of the waves as they reared up and crashed to the sand. And then as the waves pulled back I could hear the sand shivering as it was rolled by the water.
The sand was littered with bundles of seaweed and other treasures from the sea and the red billed gulls were fossicking through them looking for food.
As the waves rolled in I realised the tide was in fact rising, and as it did the breakers got bigger and more regular. I needed to rescue my cloth and wire.
Phew, just in time. It was floating about in the wash on the rocks from the waves.
On my next adventure to Tora I will turn right to the south and see what is at the settlement. I definitely want to go back.
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