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My Middle-Earth Adventure Part I: Hobbiton, Rotorua, New Plymouth & Wellington

If you read to end of my Boxing Day post, you’ll know that I not only recommend a decent knife block as your next splurge purchase, but also that I recently took a trip to New Zealand for three weeks. 2,112 more words


Thoughts: New Plymouth and Childhood Memories

I’ve had the opportunity to visit New Plymouth on business and its occurred to me that I haven’t been here for a very long time. Over 20 years if memory serves. 335 more words


On the road again...

Mt Taranaki showed us much of his impressive bulk, euphoric about the warm days, there was no need for him to shroud in mists and clouds. 562 more words


Out and About New Plmouth

We did try to get to as many parks as possible, even the pathways near the Motel. Rod was not prepared to chance the many steps, late afternoon gloom, nor the feeling that once you descended into the deep gullies there was much confusion about where you actually were. 372 more words


The romance of flowers

Roses, berries, leaves, trailing things – my most favourite bouquet of flowers – a bit wild, very romantic and quite “messy”…..  perfect in my eyes! This bouquet was beautifully crafted just for me…how lucky I was! 29 more words


Festival of Lights

We set off eager as teenagers, in the half twilight, and are quickly engulfed by crowds doing the same thing. They are equipped with chairs, rugs, picnic hampers and much more prepared for the long wait until darkness than us. 389 more words


Obscure connections

Finding a plaque on the shore, while we peered at a cold-steel-grey, unwelcoming ocean. Agreeing, ‘it’s just a tad too cold to swim.’ Informing us that the two Australian kayakers James Castrisson and Justin Jones made landfall just near that spot, after they paddled from Forster on the mid-north New South Wales coast. 675 more words