This is a view of the Prawn Farm near Huka Falls at Taupo. We called into this area briely to swap books with a friend.
We saw snowmen built by travelling families and everywhere vehicles were pulled over for either photograpy or snowball throwing reasons.
Snow was still on the ground south of of this area almost as far as Taihape.
Friday started windy but fine and I took a walk before breakfast. By mid day the weather had deteriorated dramatically. We got to the church early; it is having restoration done and was quite small for the huge crowd that turned out for the funeral.The side windows were boarded over but the family stain glass window was uncovered.
Many had to stand outside and as the service started so did the rain. The wind became a gale, something I remember from the time I lived there. This was a spectacular weather display. We both had umbrellas turned inside out and later with rain going horizontally folk got very wet. The Service was amazing with huge variety in the tributes. The Bishop of Taranaki paid a tribute saying he didn't know of anyone who had served in that church or any other for more years - over 70. Ken had started by pumping the bellows for the organ as a young person . 4 clergy officated and after processed to the end of the street in the rain in front of the hearse.
There were tributes from grandchildren; an email fom the latest family member - a great grandaughter in the UK only 6 days old! As the coffin was leaving the church a local Maori made a spine tingling Poroporoaki ( chanted farewell )....... This was a dear and much respected man - a Totara tree in thre forest had fallen.
The horrendous storm continued that day and night and was still very windy next morning when we visited our old house. This is where I lived for the first 10 years of married life. It is in need of much repair but the young family members there now are building a new house on the spot this photo was taken from.