Saturday, August 22, 2015

Muriwei Beach with the Olsens

We had an opportunity to spend some time with Elder Gary and Sister Linda Olsen today.  Elder Olsen is the mission doctor and his wife is a nurse who helps him with his assignment screening missionary applications and consulting with any missionaries in the field who get sick or injured while they are out.  He can't actually practice medicine here in New Zealand, but he can give them referrals of who needs to see a doctor and who can just take care of simple things on their own.  He also is the one to decide that some missionaries need to be sent home if their health status warrants it.

We took a drive over to Muriwei Beach on the west coast, overlooking the Tasman Sea.  There are lovely dark sand beaches there and a beautiful drive through lush bush.  There is a colony of gannets that live in the cliffs we always enjoy seeing whenever we are there.

It was a chilly, blustery day since the seasons here are reversed from North America. Back home late August would be dog days of summer, but not here.  We are at the tail end of winter now, just approaching spring.  The gannets have spent their winter apart from each other, over in Australia.  They are just now arriving back here at their New Zealand nesting grounds.  It was fun to watch the mates looking for each other.  They are fascinating birds.

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