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November 14th 2018
Published: November 14th 2018
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You need to keep the sun off here down under
SC writes: A couple of days in Auckland has gone very quickly.

Yesterday we took a ferry over to Waiheke Isalnd, about 40 minutes away. We explored by bus and on foot, finally climbing way up finding a very nice winery which overlooked he sea and had the added attraction of Guadiesque mosaics. We enjoyed some wine tasting - much more laid back and reasonably priced than in California recently. Lovely weather, but out in the sun all day meant that I caught the sun. Cathy was OK as she sheltered unter her posh new hat.

Today we set sail again to nearby Devonport for a wander. Pleasant but unremarkable. In the afternoon, we visited the Aukland Museum - excellent Maori section but the most stunning point came as we exited (via the front not the back) and found the WW1 100 year memrorial. This picture shows the crosses which each represent a New Zealander who died in the Great War: 3,633 crosses represent those that died in 1918 alone! An exhibit on artillery had me reflecting on my grandfather Cant's role. I still have some shell cases that he brought home. So many shells fired, some must have found their target. A sobering afternoon.

Tomorrw we on the move. We've done planes and plenty of boats but tomorrow is the first major train journey.

Our blog websiite seems not to be working - i.e. It is not sending out emails - but we'll keep going nevertheless....

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Wine tasting - again

Waiheke Island
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Summer Aphrodisiac - Risque labelling

"This hot steamy wine was provocatively picked by a number of nublie nymphs. The juices were pressed, barrelled for many years with the lights out, then bottled. The palette has rich dark under garments and an explosive finish."
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End of WW1 Centenary

Food for thought at this field of rememberence

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