Monday, 22 November 2010

Home at last

We are home again after a fabulous holiday in new Zealand.  It was very exciting to meet all the relatives in Auckland, then we took the sun with us everywhere we went.  The bad weather was ahead or behind us all the way - just a little rain the last afternoon in Dunedin and also in Christchurch as we were leaving.  How lucky can you be.
I will post more photos overthe next few days, but this photo above is the view of Mt. Egmont (now Mt. Taranaki) which we saw from the front door of the cottage where we stayed in Kaikoura.

This baby seal really knew how to play to an audience.  There were two small boys on the rocks nearby and he came right up to the edge and posed for photos!!

This is where we had morning smoko at Lake Pukaki, with Mt. Cook in the background.  All the photos will enlarge if you click on them.

These seals were having a wonderful time on some rocks just north of Dunedin.  We were fascinated by the fur seals all along the coast.  We saw some penguins nexting and some albatross on the wing, as well as taking off from the water.  I just have to edit more photos - I took over 700, but I have deleted quite a lot!!
Back to a very soggy Mackay - over 400mm rain has fallen here while we have been away, and the wet season is not supposed to have even started yet.  Bill and I both came home with severe hay fever, not something I normally suffer from.  I also lost a very large filling from a tooth while I was away, so I spent an hour or so at the dentist today, with forecast of much money changing hands in the next couple of months!  It all has to be fitted in around the injections for my eyes, I seem to be constantly sorting appointments.
I haven't made it into the workroom yet, other than to dump some purchases on the table, but I have received another lovely fabric page.  I will take a photo tomorrow and post it then.  Now it is time to go to bed, I need a good sleep to tackle some of the paper work tomorrow.  Somehow that seems to multiply exponentially when you go away!  I threatened Bill with death if he dared to instal the updated version of Quicken, our accounting software, before I have finished the current account keeping.  There is always a very steep learning curve when a new version of that comes along, and sometimes I don't like the changes one little bit.


  1. Wonderful photos from your trip to NZ - glad you had such a good time. Down to earth with a bang with all that paper work to deal with. I don't like new versions of things either - it takes me long enough to acclimatize to the old ones!

  2. Great to have you back Robin. Photos look amazing, and I'm looking forward to more in due course. I know what that paper work/accounting is like, waits for nothing!! Hope the dental work isn't too frightening, and you will be back to normal soon. We are still a little damp here too, not saturated like you, but enough to stop the harvest for a few days again.

  3. Lovely photos, I love NZ.
    John is battling the new version as far as I can work out, a lot of what are you doing you stupid machine is issueing from the office.


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