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Wednesday 13 September – homeward bound

Our train home was just after 9am and we were able to take the tram from just across the road from our hotel – so convenient. Unfortunately Dot lost her cards in the kafuffle of trying to make the ticket … Continue reading

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Tuesday 12 September – The Castle and the Scottish National Gallery

We earmarked today first for the Castle and then for galleries. We probably queued for a good 45 minutes to get into the Castle which was teeming with tourists, so we had a quick look round and left in about … Continue reading

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Monday 11 September – Royal Yacht Brittania

Lovely to be staying at the Express Holiday Inn almost in the centre of the city.  It was quiet but within easy reach of restaurants, shops, the theatre and buses and trams, so perfect. After a hearty breakfast (included), we … Continue reading

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Thursday 7 September- Train trip

Back on another adventure, this time to the Highlands! 9:42 Train from Charlbury to Oxford on time, half hour wait for cross country to Wolverhampton at 10:42. Heavy rain shower at Oxford station but beautiful sunshine en route to Wolverhampton … Continue reading

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Saturday 5 November – The Killing Fields

Visit to Genocide museum. This was originally a school but under the rule of Polpot became a prison where the educated were taken. Here they were interrogated, tortured and either killed or sent to the Killing fields which we visited … Continue reading

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Thursday 24 March – The Forbidden City

Excellent flight to Beijing but oh so long of course. We took off at 8pm… After supper of smoked salmon salad followed by beef with rice and a plastic glass of red wine, I watched the movie “Brooklyn”, then dozed … Continue reading

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Thursday 17 March – Day Off

Kicked around a bit today after completing a third commission for one of Leigh’s friends.  A pastel of ‘Pax’. Also it was a sad day as Chonny, Leigh’s elderly cat, had to be put down.  But she had a good … Continue reading

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Sunday 13 March – Back to North Island

Well this is the first time I have ever spent a night alone in a 5 bed dorm! It really must be drawing near to the end of the season but strange that every hostel was booked out for Thursday … Continue reading

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Saturday 12 March – a different side of Picton

Early start this morning as I wanted to catch the Nelson Saturday Market before getting the bus to Picton. Another beautiful sunny morning with a few clouds that soon dispersed as the sun rose higher in the sky. I walked … Continue reading

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Thursday 25 February – more chilling out in Taupo

Not much to report today.  Nice relaxing day…. walked down the path through the Reserve with Sally.  Noted the mature flax plants. Prepared drawing of Agapanthus for botanical painting.  Can’t believe they’re regarded as weeds here! Leigh, Jessie and I … Continue reading

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