No photos he said this time so I obliged. We have had a lovely wee break and naturally I forgot to take photos
Landed in Christchurch - onto the next plane and off to Wellington where we met up with Grant and Hannah and drove to Feilding to Milton's birthday. Glorious day weather and people wise - about 85 people so great to catch up with lots of people not seen for a while - forgot to take a single photo. The sun shone though.
Breakfast in Palmerston North the next morning then lunch with my family which was lovely. Just as well I am coming back in May for the Tote and Gloat so I can see them all again and remember to take some photos.
This is the huia in Palmerston North - an extinct bird from the Manawatu
Square Edge - great Art Deco building. We got a parking ticket while we were here which is proving difficult to pay
Happy ducks in the park. The centre of PN is really nice these days - the train ran through the middle when I was young.
Must say it was very very windy in PN though.
The rugby sevens were on in Wellington so we visited the hub and watched a few costumed folk.
Wet and quite cold
These are the penguins from Christchurch - we watched the finals in our room and went out for a bite after- lots of costumed folk who would have had hangovers in the morning
Grant and Hannah flew back to Sydney early Sunday morning and Ian and I went up to Martinborough to Coney Vineyard where we had a lovely meal - our desserts
Tim Coney is a wonderful host with loads of great stories - if you venture to Martinborough we can thoroughly recommend Coneys.
And we had to visit the Crab Shack at least for a wine
This is of the bucket fountain in Cuba Mall - it has been there at least 43 years and possibly longer - still working away
Bought myself a little wooden box
Of lower case alphabet stamps
Had a wonderful time - didn't do a stitch - a draw - a word - a read - but refreshed and the brain is whirring for action. On the plane - lots of notes.