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Dec 24, 2016 - McDonald Rose

Fifty-Three years ago, here in Takapuna, I remember meeting a woman named McDonald, as Marv C and I were going door to door. She invited us in to talk about the recent loss of her husband; about how much she missed him after almost fifty years of marriage. Together, they loved roses and she continued to maintain a beautiful rose garden. With his cremated ashes she planted a very special one, and called it "McDonald Rose." She said she saved some of his ashes, and occasionally some mornings, sprinkled a bit on her corn flakes, with sugar. I...

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Dec 24, 2016 - Te Harinui!

TE HARINUI! Glad Tidings of Great Joy! Jim PS I return to Boulder late evening, Monday, December 26. Boxing Day, as it is known in N.Z. (an English tradition...when presents (boxes) are opened), is a good day to fly since locals don't want to go anywhere until Tuesday...thus fares are lower, outbound.

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Dec 23, 2016 - Christmas Eve Discovery...just outside the Takapuna Post Office

Small monument inscription to Kate Sheppard, near the door to the Post Office: Katherine "Kate" Sheppard (10 March 1847 – 13 July 1934) was the most prominent member of New Zealand's women's suffrage movement and was the country's most famous suffragette. Women's suffrage in New Zealand was an important political issue in the late nineteenth century. In early colonial New Zealand, as in other European societies, women were excluded from any involvement in politics. Public opinion began to change in the latter half of the nineteenth century,...

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Dec 21, 2016 - Large Sea Bird--Up Close and Personal

These guys are of quite significant size, actually. I came eyeball to eyeball with one,Thursday morning. Huge, gorgeous trees are frequent along the bank above the beach. Some are very windswept, with stately branches creeping horizontally, almost along the ground, for as far as 100 feet out, resting above the water at high tide. About 6:30, walking back to the cabana or batch as Kiwi's used to call them, I was threading my way through one of the tree's large branches, not paying particular attention to what was immediately before me (sort...

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Dec 19, 2016 - Christmas With the Methodists...

A few weeks after I landed in NZ/Takapuna, Marv C. and I knocked on the door of a Methodist lady who invited us in for a "chat." Her perspective was not "friendly" toward the Mormons, however. Her idea was to have us present to their youth group, so adult mentors could "debrief" their kids, even as we were presenting. The idea, obviously, was to make kids less vulnerable to Mormons and other "cults" they might encounter through childhood/school friendships, etc. We agreed, and we did it. It felt very strange at the time, probably for...

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Dec 18, 2016 - Well...I'm doomed....

N.Z.'s favorite ice cream goes back eighty years, and is it ever spectacular! Definitely, to rival Ireland's. For a few months I lived by the Tip Top factory and my "cobber" and I (that used to be Aussie-speak for good friend, or in this case, missionary companion) actually booked our own private tour, although we were not "behind the glass" but right out on the factory floor, and the cost was zip. Anyway, I am a slave to Rum and Raisin. Whenever I get hold of a Tip Top rum and raisin cone, it reminds me of the many, many things I love...

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Dec 16, 2016 - Back at Takapuna Beach--my favorite spot (may be in the whole world...)

I do so love it here. Takapuna Beach Park, where I am for six nights, is right on the beach. At the front, just off of the sand, are three or four rows of sites for motor homes, campers and trailers. At the back, and a bit elevated, where I am, are a half-dozen cabana sites. At the moment I am sitting inside, looking out at the water; Devonport coast and beyond it, downtown Auckland, not very far away. An exceptionally good restaurant is 1-2 minutes away, adjacent to the park. No need, even to go onto a city street to reach it. The address...

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Dec 9, 2016 - The Ground's a shakin' ... ugg

Arrived Auckland last evening following a splendidly beautiful 12-hour train ride from Wellington. Took the ferry (10 minutes) to Northshore/Devonport, then the bus to Takapuna, and arrived at the Takapuna International Motor Lodge (where I had stayed one night previously) about 8pm. Then the ground began shaking...not my first time to experience a quake in NZ (and also a small Tsunami). A seismic website reports almost immediately and keeps one informed almost by the minute. The ground-swaying got up as high as 3.5 at the site perhaps...

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Feb 14, 2009 - Saturday the 13th!! Moonraker? Ball-acher more like!

Funnily enough we were up quite early this morning!!! We got washed 'n' dressed and then got screwed by a taxi out to the industrial area of Auckland (Penrose) to pick-up the Camper Van that will be our home for the next 5 weeks! we were very very excited about that, however our hearts sank as we discovered in the small print when we got there that you have to have had your licence for over a year. Doh!! I think Em's had hers for about 8 months or something and mine is, erm, mine, hmmm...... Hoping that our bad luck from the previous day...

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The A&E Adventure

Dec 15, 2007 - Auckland... part deux!!

After another couple of hours driving we arrived in Auckland and decided (for the first time in a week) to stay on a campsite! It was so nice to have showers and electricity for the van to charge our ipods, cameras and to get the heater going in the van! The next day we headed into the city to take in a few of the sights and do a spot of Christmas shopping! We were going to go up the Sky Tower, which is the tallest building in the Southern hemisphere but the admission was bit of a rip so we just admired it from ground level! After a bit of...

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Aug 31, 2006 - New Zealand, home !

Finally, our very special thanks to..... Murray and Pat Reedy, Silk Road Adventures, Greymouth, NZ for the planning support and itinerary advice, visa, trek and other travel services and for just being a sensible kiwi adventure service whose guidance is based on real personal experience. Thanks guys. Alan Bradford, Kent, UK who rebuilt Claude and prepared the car with various modifications for this incredible journey. What amazing little cars 2CV's are but few will have been tested to this extent. The car's a real credit to you Alan, well...

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Apr 21, 2006 - Through the city and back to nature

We're up shortly after 6, have a coffee and head over to the hot pool! What a way to start a morning! By 8 we're on our way along the Seabird Coast - otherwise known as "the flats". After a few km where we are lulled into a false sense of serenity, the slalom starts again. Seriously, how narrow can a road become? Yes, we know it's a "yellow" road, but even this is pushing it. There is nothing between Mary and the gaping chasm below. Lucky for her we're not in major hills. We pass turkeys with their tails fanned out and, in Kawakawa Bay, we...

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