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May 8, 2018

This Historic Building Took A Jolt…

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Continuing from yesterday’s post, we have traveled into Wellington for a special exhibition, chosen specifically by Little Mr.

We see various historic buildings, some of which are closed for repairs.

The Kaikoura / Hanmer Springs earthquake of November 2016, and several other quakes before and after it, have also ben a wake-up call for New Zealand’s capital city.

Historic buildings have been especially hard hit and now that the standard of the already tough building code has been increased yet again to allow for the even larger quakes that have been hitting.

Therefore many buildings in the city need additional strengthening to some degree or another.

Even though it’s being done for safety reasons, it’s sad to see beautiful buildings boarded up and fenced off.

The exhibition we will be going to is located in the Te Papa center, but before we get to that section, there are displays and souvenirs of Maori style items, so I take a look around. Some of these items were for usable for spinning and weaving, so I immediately thought of fellow artisan and long time reader “Lulu” who shares my passion for thread and fabric. The little Kiwi’s I photographed because they caught my eye, I found them a challenge with all of those shiny surfaces. The coasters indulge my passion for shapes… so along with all of the architectural detail this post turned out to be unintentionally arty!

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May 7, 2018

A Soggy Journey Into The City…

Family Kiwidutch are staying with friends near Wellington for Christmas 2017. After Christmas Day we head into the city to see an exhibition is on the wish list of Little Mr. We make the journey from Wainuiomata, the weather is less than ideal but at least the temperature is still nice and warm. The North Island is being hit by the tail end of a storm that hit Australia, it’s raining over pretty much off and on all over the North Island at that moment.

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May 5, 2018

Christmas Dinner Kiwi Style…

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Family Kiwidutch spent Christmas 2017 in Wainuiomata, a suburb of Lower Hutt,  just outside of Wellington, New Zealand.

We have some amazing friends there, but one of whom is terminally ill, so we want to spend as much time with him as possible whilst we can.

It’s the reason we’ve made the trip north. Every visit we can make here is a bonus.

The weather in Wellington seems to turn to rain every time we visit, so apart from two days of our five and a half day stay, the weather was rather damp.

There was however absolutely no dampness in the welcome we received, warm smiles, high emotion and long hugs.

Then of course the catching up, done so much better in person than on Skype or  What Sapp or Wee Chat.

Despite our late arrival the evening before we were all prepared for Christmas Day, and our hosts laid on a fabulous Christmas Dinner as always.

It might have been raining outside but it was far from cold. The temperatures back in Christchurch were a very warm 28 C (82.4  F) due to the influence of the Southern Alps, but here in the lower North Island we got a cooler 23 degrees C  (73.4 F) which is still respectable for December and the beginning of summer.

It was still tee-shirt weather and over the entire country the Kiwi menu has evolved to make Christmas dinner more suitable for the Summer climate. We enjoyed cold chicken, cold honey glazed baked ham, and salads. Side dishes were not all cold though, boiled potatoes, roasted pumpkin, peas and gravy rounded out the main course. Pavlova, fruit cake and fresh fruit ended our meal on style. The best accompaniment to our meal though, were the jokes, stories, fun and laughter. These good friends count pretty much as “family”, in that precious way that happens to you are lucky sometimes in your lifetime. We have several of these friends so are lucky indeed.

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I might not be a fan of fruit cake but custard… Who can ever refuse custard???

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May 4, 2018

Exiting The Ferry In Darkness But With Christmas Cheer…

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Family Kiwidutch dock in Wellington after a long drive to Picton and a three and a half hour journey on one of the Cook Straight ferries. It’s dark and we still have at least forty minutes to drive. Our destination is Wainuiomata, a suburb of Lower Hutt. To get there we need to drive up the coast and over a very large hill. The last leg of this journey is always the best because we will have the warmest of welcomes from wonderful friends at the end.

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I wonder how many times this campervan has been pulled over by police for a “random” check?

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The route we need to drive…

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First onto the ferry, but last off…

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I am delighted to see that this worker has gotten into the Christmas Spirit,  he has literally lit up his hard hat like a Christmas tree… he waved to us as well but sadly those photographs turned out completely fuzzy. He made me smile.

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A warehouse type shop, open very late to cater to the ultra last minute Christmas shopper… (or someone who wants to do some DIY during the holiday week ahead when many shops and businesses close).

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January 10, 2017

Dramatic And Photogenic Weather As We Put To Sea…

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It’s time for Family Kiwidutch, back in 2013, to leave Wellington and head back to the South Island.

On our last morning the low cloud partially lifted and a few streaks of sunshine sneaked in. Coming over the hill from Wainuiomata towards Lower Hutt, we suddenly spy a rainbow, or at least the end of one.

It looks like the “pot of gold” should just be around the next corner further down the hill, unfortunately when we got around the corner the rainbow was gone, so no gold for us on this occasion.

We make our way from Lower Hutt to Wellington and branch off when we see signs for the Ferry Terminal area.

Waiting in the queue to drive the car on board, I photograph the rain falling on the far side of the harbour, the wheeling sea gulls a sign that there was still some rough weather further out in the harbour and out to sea.

It’s dramatic and photogenic weather so I click off some photographs before it is time to board. I know that I took a LOT more photographs even on this fairly short trip but somehow I have completely misplaced them, so you have the very short version. Later, once on board the InterIslander we passed the time looking at the sea and the changing scenery as we left Wellington Harbour behind, crossed the Cook Straight, entered the Marlborough Sounds and then docked at Picton.

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January 9, 2017

The Thing That Makes The Best Memories, Is The Love That We Share…

Filed under: NEW ZEALAND,PHOTOGRAPHY,Wellington & Region — kiwidutch @ 1:00 am
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Back in 2013 Family Kiwidutch arrived in Wellington, New Zealand in stormy weather.

There had just been a cyclone in northern Australia, the tail end of which swept across the Tasman Sea and hit mostly the North Island of New Zealand.

A part hit the South Island’s West coast, the soaring Southern Alps stopped the rain clouds in their tracks, the precipitation was dumped on a coast that is well used to coping with large amounts of water.

The West coast of New Zealand is one of the wettest places on earth, with an average of twelve meters of rain per year. (My converter tells me that that is 39.4 feet for those readers in un-metricated parts of the world).

The east coast of New Zealand’s South Island thus enjoys a drier climate than the rest of the country, and as a kid, before global warming turned the world’s weather on it’s head, I enjoyed long hot dry summers, cold dry blue sky, winters and rain in spring and autumn.

These days the weather is rather pot luck in both the northern and southern hemisphere, with weird weather being the new norm. The storm we arrived in lashed the North Island all week, with the heaviest rain falling in the north and central areas of the North Island. Wellington did not escape so rain poured down the entire four days we were there.

We drove out to see the Christmas lights that people had put on their houses, sadly all but one of my photographs were a fuzzy disaster. We visited one of my cousins and Himself and the kids made a trip to the local swimming pool, on the first day I came down with a heavy cold and spent most of our stay in bed, but we still enjoyed a wonderful Christmas Day with some excellent friends.

The husband in the family is battling late stage cancer at the moment so we hope to return to New Zealand before his time runs out. It was a very special Christmas that no matter what happens in the future, we will remember for much joy, laughter, good food, excellent hospitality and loads of love. It goes to prove that it is not the weather or things that make the best memories, it is the time spent with people that matter and the love we share.

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