I was baby sitting The Duke recently so ‘walkies’ were part of the deal. We hit the dog park on the Green Belt early and the only other person was my neighbour – and dog Rusty. You wouldn’t read about it!
We do a couple of laps around the park then (The Duke on his lead) we head through the Leamington Cemetery, (The Duke off his lead) down the steep steps to the stream. He loves the water, the smells, the trails, the freedom.
We walked along the track in the farmer’s paddock and noticed to the right a steep hill. On top of this hill is the remains of a defensive ditch used by Maori in pre European times. The high triangle of land was possibly used as a lookout as (without trees) the line of sight would cover the Waikato River (east and west) and over to the Maungakawa and Maungatautari hills.
This site is listed with the New Zealand Archaeological Association.
Then a splash and The Duke was down the bank, in the stream, having the time of his life racing against the flow.