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Published: November 20th 2010
& pretty dress!!!
Friday morning we had a slight panic when Julian couldn't find his passport (it was in his pocket all along apparently) then went to pick up our hire car before meeting very briefly with Taniamaree to exchange greetings & hugs. We then drove over to Akaroa via Lyttelton enjoying the high views downn to various little bays. Be also stopped briefly at Birdlings Flats - a pebble beach that looked slightly surreal! We got to Akaro, checked in then decided to go for a brief stroll before supper. We ended up getting Fish & Chips to eat on the sea front (locally caught fish) then walked back the scenic route up & around the back streets & grassy spaces. One road was a little steep & stoney & we slipped a little bit along it at one point ending up with a branch went through my open toed sandals & stabbed me between the toes. I pulled it out & thought no more of it until when I was trying to clean the cut back at the hostel I realise there was a piece still stuck in there. Ok, sewing kit contains clean needles, I tried to shift it, bathed it
in hot salt water but I couldn't get it to shift & no one else at the hostel had any better ideas so I put a plaster on it & decided to try again after a nights sleep. Next morning it was even worse - the cut had closed & it was beginning to swell. Luckily there is a small hospital in Akaroa so we headed up there first thing. The nurse looked rather surprised to see us but then gentle prodded my foot, couldn't see anything but kindly got the doctor to come & look too. He also poked it a bit then gave me a local anaesthic before reopening the cut & using his own special fine pointed forceps finally pulled out a centimetre long nail of wood. Ouch. He thinks he got the whole lot out & I have antibiotics to take for a few days just in case. Luckily he reckons it should be ok to go White water rafting tomorrow!
Julian then bravely drove us along the scenic (aka summit) road around Banks Peninsula until the heights got a bit too much for him & I discovered that although the local had worn off
my foot only felt bruised so I could still drive. Luckily we got a lot of photos yesterday as today there was low cloud & the hill tops & parts of the valleys were covered. Very atmospheric to drive through along annoyingly our car has neither fog lights nor a rear wiper! Julian then drove us across the Canterbury Plains to Geraldine & we are tucked away in a nice hostel with the rain pouring down outside. We are booked to go white water rafting tomorrow - we figured if it was going to be wet we might as well wear wet suits & get deliberatly wet!
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