Friday, February 17, 2017

Week in Wellington

Another fabulous view from my Wellington friends' house 
I've enjoyed the full range of weather options from clear sky sunshine to gale force winds through rain and cloudy skies.

I've enjoyed a lantern festival and meals with friends and walks along the beach

And the wonders in the Weta workshop tour - the made all the sets, costumes and props for Lord of the rings and the hobbit - amazing attention to detail and appreciation of craft 

And clothes shopping and museums and glorious sunsets 

And this delicious ice-cream 
Looks like a scoop of mud but tastes of Licorice 

A great varied week in Wellington with plans for a relaxed weekend out of town. Hope you all have a great weekend. 

Friday, February 10, 2017

Around town

I've been in Auckland this week - visiting old haunts and meeting up with friends.   Lots has changed but much still the same and my memory of the geographical layout soon came back.

I enjoyed a fabulous ice-cream experience where they ask you if you how you want to feel - indulgence, refreshing, cosy etc. Then give you some flavour samples to match.  I said refreshing as it was a scorching hot afternoon. I  chose fresh strawberry with cream and a lemon sorbet. I was presented with this delightful cup
I  also had some great fresh fish and chips on the waterfront 
Now I'm in Wellington.  I  captured this view of the top of the south Island and bottom of the North Island  from the plane 

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Another weekend, another beach

I  enjoyed this stunning view over the weekend visiting friends who live by the beach that featured in the movie The Piano. 

Great expanse of black sand (sore to walk on with bare feet during the day)

And glorious sunsets
And another friendly dog - Poppy was ever hopefully that someone would throw her ball

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Relaxing at Thames

I  keep being told the summer in NZ has been poorly but I continue to enjoy lovely sunshine with the only rain on the morning I was on the bus back to Auckland.

With the schools back I enjoyed a lovely paddle on a popular beach which would have been full the week before

And some fantastic vistas as we drove over the hills of  Coromandel for lunch at a mussels restaurant attached to a mussels farm  - yum.

I  was intrigued to see lots of rainbow painting around Thames  - the result of a gift of paint to local schools and community groups 

And of course I found another great spot to relax