A day of two halves.

Yesterday we crossed the railway line that we had departed Christchurch from on the 23rd of February, thus completing one big circle of the South Island. Today dawned grey and miserable. The rain was slight but then heavy. We had planned to go to the botanical gardens but it rained even harder when we got there. So we took ourselves off to New Brighton in the rain. We found a little cafe, had a cup of coffee and then drove back into town and returned to the botanical gardens in the sunshine. Lunch in a splendid visitors information place and then the gardens that were just wonderful. There was a tropical house, a rose garden and a lake area. Mary in her element and Malcolm now almost in constant pain from his knee.

The grey sea of New Brighton.
The grey sea of New Brighton.
One way to keep warm.
One way to keep warm.

A reviving cup of tea back at the B & B and a pleasant chat to Caroline a BA stewardess, doing New Zealand on her own. She said she knew people who had been to Mount Cook and not seen it, because of the dire weather conditions, so we were really lucky. This was her third visit, she lives in High Wycombe and does do the Geneva trip, so we shall look out for her! And then we gazed at our flower pictures…..too many!

Not even the fake tree hid Treens tummy.
Not even the fake tree hid Treens tummy.
A Paradise Shelduck.
A Paradise Shelduck.
This is just one of SO many.
This is just one of SO many.
The rose garden was just that!
The rose garden was just that!
How many people have had their picture taken on this bridge?
How many people have had their picture taken on this bridge?

Tonight is our last night in New Zealand. We have met some fantastic people, seen some wonderful sights, and just been in constant awe of this country. Today was the first day in 34 days that ‘rain’ actually did stop play. Should I mention the cricket? No, best we don’t!
We have been so lucky with the weather, the people and the excursions that we went on because they have all been marvellous.

In amongst the cacti.
In amongst the cacti.

The shows not over till the fat lady sings. We hope to see a little more of Christchurch tomorrow before our afternoon flight to meet up with John McEvoy in Melbourne. So we still have a tiny bit of Australia to come and then Singapore.

Thank you for reading. The people of Christchurch deserve a lot of sympathy for that earthquake that I don’t think was really fully reported at the time back home. “The town was buggered mate.” Our taxi driver had said last time we were here. Sleep well and Saturday here we come. 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.

11 thoughts on “A day of two halves.”

  1. I should have said….just 4 to go then I can go to bed…West Indies are in trouble against India…like you care….! Did I ever tell you I played for LWT…? (Hhmm)

  2. Yes, they did keep saying on the weather forecast ‘the farmers will be delighted.’ Thanks for all your comments Martin, much appreciated and once again thank you in public for your hospitality and your expert cooking skills.
    I will watch the cricket next Monday with my head under a pillow!
    Really will be sorry to leave tomorrow but hey dear old Dillon needs rescuing from that cattery. Both he and the bank manager will be delighted that we are home! M & M

    1. Not yet you wonderful pair…..You still have a week to go (nearly) And anyway I need to get the count up to 2K…..Marty

  3. Once again beautiful pictures but this time even more beautiful prose..We have awaited for over a year for this odyssey to occur…Now it has and it all seems too bloomin’ soon!!!.. to be over!…So as the “Tearaway Treens” disappear into their last New Zealand Sunset may we wish them a continuing safe trip and thanks for the Memories…Cue Bob Hope and the tears…We’ll continue following events….Oh and the Country really needs the rain..Sorry…And PLEASE feel free to mention the cricket…Big show down for England next Monday..Oh and one game was washed out but that was in Brisbane (Australia)….Luv etc…. M&S

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