James & Christine Round the World 2008 travel blog

Tirau corrugated iron sculptures

On board steamship Hamilton

Anthony & Gaynor Stone, previous CO's

Waikato River

8th March

A leisurely start today before we head off to Cambridge with Gaynor and Anthony. A little different from the Cambridge where Stuart is studying but always one of our favourite towns in NZ with its tree lined main street and "village green". We stopped at the old pink church which is now an arts and handicrafts market and cafe and found the place busy.

Moving on we arrived at the town of Tirau where they have made all kinds of sculptures from corrugated iron. From sheep and dog the size of the building at the information centre to a 12 feet statue of a shepherd outside the church. The town mainly comprised art and craft shops and cafes/restaurants and was a great place to buy a few things and enjoy lunch.

In the afternoon we drove back cross country by the Waikato river and Lake Karapiro where the race off trials for the olympic rowers had occurred a couple of days ealier.

9th March

We went with Anthony & Gaynor to Hamilton City corps this morning and met up with a number of people we had not seen for years including Delyse's sister in law, Kathryn with her first grandchild. Where have the years gone? The Corps officers we had known from Hawera when she was a teenager and was in Kathleen's corps cadets class.

Don and Dorothy Oliver, also previous corps officers at Lower Hutt, while we were there, joined us for lunch and we spent the afternoon reminiscing. Perhaps we are all getting older. Where is the Zimmer-frame?

In the evening Anthony and Gaynor took us out for dinner on the MV Waipa where we cruised for a couple of hours down the Waikato river and enjoyed a lovely meal which was served on individual stone slabs at 400 degrees where you cooked your own meat until it was how you liked it.

The end of a lovely weekend where we felt that in many ways time had stood still and we stepped back into the friendships and lives as if we had never left.

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