Off to the dentist for Tom...Beautiful scenes on a walk...Broadband now working in the house...


We stopped to visit a few horses in the neighborhood who immediately approached us.
Who would think that the technician from Vodafone would be such a delight?  We had a great time with Peter who not only provided the best possible solution for owners Trish and Neil but also for the remainder of our stay.


Horses wear blankets to regulate their body temperature and protect them from the elements.
With 80 gigs available in the monthly plan which is not our expense, its a huge relief to have the expensive data plan with Spark behind us.  With a few gigs left on the our hot spot device, we can take it with us when we go on road trips in order to use the GPS feature on our phones. 


Pink flowers along the road on our walk.
Monitoring our usage to ensure we don't exceed the 80 gigs included in the 30 day period is vital to our peace of mind that we don't exceed the limit, incurring additional expenses we'd have to cover.


Throughout the hills, as seen from our veranda, there are groupings of trees in the form of a mini forest, adding to the beauty of the countryside.
With Peter's excellent help we figured a "workaround" allowing me to check at the IP address for the accumulating data usage.  Not only was Peter efficient and conscientious, he was friendly making the installation process pleasant and seamless.  Vodafone couldn't have a better, more qualified and professional rep.


Agapanthus flowers New Zealand, have been classified as a weed and is considered invasive, although its beautiful as it lines roads and highways.  For more information, please click here.
We find this friendliness and care for customers prevalent wherever we may go in New Zealand.  Today, we can only hope the dental practice we decided on, based on great online reviews, proves to be equally helpful and professional.  We'll report back tomorrow with photos. 


We're always in awe of view of Mount Taranaki.
Certainly, this dental appointment will be considerably different than Tom's almost "free" dental appointment in Fiji a few months ago.  At present, he's not experiencing any pain or sign of infection, an ideal time to get this situation resolved one way or another. 


Peter, our Vodafone rep did a fabulous job to ensure we had a strong connection.
We certainly don't want him to have to go through a third round of antibiotics while on the two week cruise beginning on April 16th or during our upcoming two months in Bali, immediately thereafter.


Similar flowers are seen in many areas that grow prolifically in New Zealand's mild climate.
Having moved our appointment with June to see her historic home on Friday and grocery shopping today after his dental appointment, we're back on track.


Morning view of the mountains from our veranda.
We're off for Tom's appointment and will be back tomorrow with more new photos and the continuation of living a joyful life in the countryside in exquisite New Zealand.  We had no idea how much we'd love this fabulous location.

Back to you soon!
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Photo from one year ago today, February 4, 2015:

Tropical climates such as in Fiji and Hawaii have ideal conditions for flowers to bloom year round.  For more photos, from our time in Kauai, please click here.
 

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