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Published: January 9th 2011
You will beseeing lots of these.
How is that for connections - I publish Chapter 1 - go away to try and skype Richard ( no answer) - I come back and there are already 3 comments and a message waiting for me. A few stats - there are 90 people getting my blog and regularly about 50-60 people read it.
Will get back to you Bob on your change of plans... wot no motorhomes to be had - it is the peak season here - they do say you need to book up for things ...it said in paper that last week 200 people a day were being turned away from camping sites here in Bay of Islands. I have just joined BBH a NZ hostel group for some of my future planning....have a look at website.
So Chapter 2... getting bored with the format - I will try something different.
A day in the life of a traveller.
Get up 9.30 am - make cup of tea - stand on verandah drinking it watching the chooks as they run about - their little bums wobbling.
10 am - Shower, eat muesli, yoghurt and plums from the orchard. Chat to the fellow inmates about what we
Bloke woudlnt get out of the way.
are doing that day.
11.30 Drive to Pahia and on to Waitangi Treaty Grounds. This place is the cradle of NZ.. where the Waitangi Treaty was signed on Feb 6th between( forgot the date already 1840 was it?? - Jocelyne will correct me if I am wrong) British and the Maori chiefs. Queen Victoria would protect them and they would give up their rights to their lands ...sounds like the usual good deal the British made - and they did throw in a few blankets and baccy!!! watched audiovisual presentation
12 noon Visited the house where the Treaty was signed and the flagstaff on the lawns.
12.30 pmSaw very big Maori canoe - made from a Kauri tree - yes you guessed!!! 76 big blokes have to paddle it. Saw Maori meeting house- fantastic carvings and patterns.
Walked along coastal path - saw basalt lava columnar formations - very interesting to me!!!
1 pm Coast path skirts round a very nice looking golf course - wondered why there was was only 2 couples playing golf on a Sunday morning..thought of Marilyn and John.
2pm Found nice cafe - had belly of pork on bed of roasties and caramelised apple -
nice presentation - will go far on Masterchef.
3pm. Take ferry to Russell... very quaint old houses/ streets - I can see why Paula and Ray like it so much. Walk round the town - its tiny...take a path to Long Beach- which goes STEEPLY UP HILL and then down other side to a very nice beach. Sun is out now - windy but now cold. Get swimmers on and go in sea for a jump up and down in the waves.
4pm Sit on beach and read book..think about what a hard life it is!!!
5pm - Trudge back up hill and down other side back to ferry... trainers are now falling to bits - lumps falling off the sole and holes beginning to appear in the uppers.( $3 flip flops from Woolies in Mandurah still going strong Julie.- Wonder if I can get trainers in Woolies here)
6pm Drive back home to this lovely hostel - OH - forgot - stopped for petrol on the way - and someone came out to serve me !!!!!!!!!!! its a long time since that happened- prob when i lived in Dubai.
7pm Make dinner with all the left overs I have
8pm Chat to inmates - talk to Stefan who runs this hostel and sign up to join BBH - this NZ hostle organisation as there seem to be lots of small hostels in areas of NZ where I am going later.
9pm - get down to work on downloading fotos and Chapter 1 of blog.
11pm Finish Chaoter 2 of blog..nite nite everyone.
Love and hugs xxx
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