Saturday and it must be Christchurch.

Of course the day began with those Dolphins. Luckily or unfortunately which ever is your point of view, no one took a picture of Malcolm in the wet suit! Sorry Simon! It really wasn’t a pretty sight and it was amazing that the lad fitted into it. However here are a couple of pics from days gone by that I couldn’t upload yesterday as I only got one hour free wi-fi. After that it was two dollars for half an hour and the ‘ology to pay for it evaporated because the time ran out. Now is that a sensible thing?

A much better "cropped" picture from Thursday, which avoids Malcolm's bulk.
A much better “cropped” picture from Thursday, which avoids Malcolm’s bulk.

A flower from a few days back that never made the site.

The beautiful Kakabeak according to Keith. Thanks.
The beautiful Kakabeak according to Keith. Thanks.

So, OK, the Dolphins. The video is probably best but they were stunning. To capture them on a still shot almost impossible but to think we used sometimes to point out to sea in Greece and say “look a dolphin!” We have never seen so many in one place and at such close quarters, probably numbering at least 100.

We swam off a boat just like this.
We swam off a boat just like this.
To have them all round you and under you is fantastic.
To have them all round you and under you is fantastic.
They had no fear and really looked like they were enjoying themselves.
They had no fear and really looked like they were enjoying themselves.

So there you have it another tick off me “bucket list” but I can say we did it! The Dusky dolphin life span, for it was those that we saw, is thought to be around 20 to 30 years. They mate frequently and it is not always purely for reproductive purposes! They are reputed to be the most acrobatic of dolphin species. And the one plea from the organisers before hand was “Don’t pee in your wet suit.” Which they said once you had got it on. If you have ever used one you will know it just isn’t the easiest of garments to slip out of.

The road sign that we keep passing that I really don’t like is, “Stock Effluent Disposal” which conjures up an awful mental picture to me but maybe I am alone there.

A view from the bar we ate in if the folks in another bar opposite.
A view from the bar we ate in if the folks in another bar opposite.
Tonight's accommodation in Christchurch. Our itinerary for tomorrow says,"A day at leisure in Christchurch." Dream on!
Tonight’s accommodation in Christchurch. Our itinerary for tomorrow says,”A day at leisure in Christchurch.” Dream on!

As always thanks for reading and stay well, wherever you are in the world. And you know what, these days it’s quite a small one. M & M

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Malcolm and Mary

Malcolm worked for LWT. Mary worked for TRL. They live near Camberley in Surrey and did achieve their life long ambition to visit New Zealand. They have two daughters Laura and Hannah and two grandchildren Zach & Safi. Having done the big trip they then went to Canada, which was amazing. Scroll down it’s all here. They have visited Venice that they both so fell in love with in 2009 again. And recently returned to Lefkada for one week in glorious sunshine. Where next? Well, Canada is calling again in 2019; this time including Alaska. So stay tuned if you enjoy the ups and downs of travelling.

7 thoughts on “Saturday and it must be Christchurch.”

  1. I hope it goes without saying that next time you’re ‘down Devon’ we want to see the video of the dolphins as well as the photos….. Thank you for sharing! Keep enjoying. Xxx

    1. We will bring the book πŸ“š down, when we have done it! And the video is going to be mighty long so will try and get some copies done! So glad you are enjoying the trip. Tomorrow the train πŸš„ trip across the middle of the South island.

  2. Shame there’s no photo of Malcolm in his wet suit and not one of you either Mary!! This looks amazing and something you will always remember. You are getting quite a collection of beautiful flowers Mary. Enjoy your day of leisure! Sandra

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