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.
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!
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.
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