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 Today, it was supposed tgo be raining. And it was indeed cloudy first thing - but the sun was coming out. Our hosts Sharon and Ian made us breakfast - bacon and poached eggs (no vinegar - much better!), and a pot of tea. Yum! We decided to try out the horse trekking at www.hokiangahorsetreks.co.nz in the next valley along. I phoned up, and made an appointment for 1:00 with Annora, the owner. So we had a couple of hours to kill. Sharon and Ian volunteered to take us to see the fantastic view from their neighbours airfield, then on to see Sharon'​s sister, Jill Reilly, who is a local artist who makes beautiful stained glass. As we're considering putting stained glass in a coupled of our new windows. this was quite apt. (As we said before, we continue to be amazed at the friendliness of the local New Zealanders). Then back to the house for a cup of tea before heading for the horse-riding. Today, it was supposed tgo be raining. And it was indeed cloudy first thing - but the sun was coming out. Our hosts Sharon and Ian made us breakfast - bacon and poached eggs (no vinegar - much better!), and a pot of tea. Yum! We decided to try out the horse trekking at www.hokiangahorsetreks.co.nz in the next valley along. I phoned up, and made an appointment for 1:00 with Annora, the owner. So we had a couple of hours to kill. Sharon and Ian volunteered to take us to see the fantastic view from their neighbours airfield, then on to see Sharon'​s sister, Jill Reilly, who is a local artist who makes beautiful stained glass. As we're considering putting stained glass in a coupled of our new windows. this was quite apt. (As we said before, we continue to be amazed at the friendliness of the local New Zealanders). Then back to the house for a cup of tea before heading for the horse-riding.
 [{{:​tonka_trips:​hokiand_horse_treks_web.jpg| Annora [[http://​www.hokiangahorsetreks.co.nz/​]}}] [{{:​tonka_trips:​hokiand_horse_treks_web.jpg| Annora [[http://​www.hokiangahorsetreks.co.nz/​]}}]
-We arrived to find Annora feeding her horses after their morning ride, then went in for a cup of tea (another friendly local!). Art was given a large dark brown horse to ride (he can't remember his namealready!), and I was given a dark golden brown horse called Lordy. Annora rode a grey called Sarah. From minute number 1, Art's horse knew who was in control - and it wan't Art! The first thing he did was walk straight into next doors garden ('​he'​s never done that before',​ says '​Annora). Eventually he was extracted, and we were on our way. Up the gravel road, then off down a track. Now the great thing about horse riding in NZ is that there are very few roads to ride on or cross - but lots of farm tracks and grass paddocks. We took a loop around the peninsula, with another lovely view at the far side. Guess what - a photographic opportunity! We took a few photos for Annora'​s website too. Then had a talk about websites and Search Engine Marketing. Then the promised rain started. Fortunately we were nearly back. We arrived back, and Art and I gave Annora an impromptu Search Engine Marketing course for her horse trekking website in exchanged for another cup of tea and a Jammie Dodger.+We arrived to find Annora feeding her horses after their morning ride, then went in for a cup of tea (another friendly local!). Art was given a large dark brown horse to ride, Bailey, and I was given a dark golden brown horse called Lordy. Annora rode a grey called Sarah. From minute number 1, Art's horse knew who was in control - and it wan't Art! The first thing he did was walk straight into next doors garden ('​he'​s never done that before',​ says '​Annora). Eventually he was extracted, and we were on our way. Up the gravel road, then off down a track. Now the great thing about horse riding in NZ is that there are very few roads to ride on or cross - but lots of farm tracks and grass paddocks. We took a loop around the peninsula, with another lovely view at the far side. Guess what - a photographic opportunity! We took a few photos for Annora'​s website too. Then had a talk about websites and Search Engine Marketing. Then the promised rain started. Fortunately we were nearly back. We arrived back, and Art and I gave Annora an impromptu Search Engine Marketing course for her horse trekking website in exchanged for another cup of tea and a Jammie Dodger.
  
 We're now sitting in our unit, after a huge plate of Chilli Con Carne and rice. As I've done all the cooking this break, it's Art's turn to do the washing up. This is currently piled up in the sink - I wonder if it will be done before bed-time! We're now sitting in our unit, after a huge plate of Chilli Con Carne and rice. As I've done all the cooking this break, it's Art's turn to do the washing up. This is currently piled up in the sink - I wonder if it will be done before bed-time!
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