Category Archives: New Zealand

Saturday 8 October – Hamilton Gardens and The Kiwi House

I woke up to a lovely sunny morning in New Zealand. After a welcome breakfast of freshly squeezed fruit juice, cereal and yoghurt, and coffee, Kay and Chris took me to the Farmers Market in Cambridge and then on to … Continue reading

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Sunday 9 October – St Andrew’s Church, Cambridge

This Tui is a nectar feeding bird and loves the yellow Kowhoi blossom. I have painted this for my 2012 calendar and it’s good to see it in real life in Kay’s garden. Breakfast at 8.30am. Then Chris took me … Continue reading

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Tuesday 11 October – Craters of the Moon

Today is a much brighter day, although the forecast had said otherwise, so we took the opportunity for a “ticky tour”. An old friend of Leigh’s, Fiona, joined us with her ten year old son, Scott, as we headed up … Continue reading

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Monday 10 October – relaxing in Taupo

Leigh brought me a nice cuppa in bed. “I’m not going to make a habit of this!” she said… the old buzzard! 🙂 After breakfast Leigh, Dan and I took Sally (their 9-month old labrador) down a gully, a pathway … Continue reading

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Wednesday 12 October – off to Coromandel

It was raining as we left Taupo. This is good, better to do our traveling in the rain so long as the sun shines when we get there, although BFTs are not nice in the rain. We followed the same … Continue reading

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Thursday 13 October – relaxing at Little Bay

I woke to hear the faint tinkle of the Tui outside the window against the incessant sound of the waves. A watery sun was trying its best to shine but it was a comfortable 20 deg so I decided to … Continue reading

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Friday 14 October – a peninsular Tiki Tour

A beautiful sunny morning and the sea glistened in the sunlight! Leigh and I decided to take a Tiki Tour of the area today and explore some of the narrow windy roads to little bays around the peninsula. I am … Continue reading

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Saturday 15 October – Offshore Fishing

A last walk on the beach before leaving this lovely hideaway somewhere in the north of the Coromandel peninsular. A pair of Dotterels delighted us pecking in the damp sand as the tide receded. Today we are leaving Little Bay … Continue reading

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Sunday 16 October – the road back to Taupo

Tamarillos for breakfast! I would like to paint these, they remind me of pomegranates. We journeyed back to Taupo down the east side of the Coromandel peninsula, stopping at some beautiful coastal resorts along the way. Kuaotunu is a very … Continue reading

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Monday 17 October – She’ll be coming round the mountain…

The forecast was not good for today so we decided to follow the blue sky east of the mountain and just see what the weather did when we returned down the west side. This proved to be a good plan … Continue reading

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