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Feb 7, 2020 - February 4, 2020

Heading home tomorrow, time sure flew by, but we covered a lot of territory and had wonderful experiences. Today, Ryan had a meeting so he dropped me off downtown, and I walked around, admiring the shops and restaurants, and taking a last, longing look at New Plymouth. One thing I have not mastered is walking on the left side of the sidewalk. Every once in a while it would dawn on me that I was going against the foot traffic and quickly switch back, but I am certain I did manage to annoy more than a few Kiwis. At the end of my stroll, I...

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Feb 3, 2020 - Sunday, Feb. 2, 2020

Sunday, Feb. 2, 2020 We visited the Taranaki Aviation Transport and Technology Museum. If was a very extensive array of printing presses, telegraphic and telephone equipment, outdated commuters, couple of cars, an electric wheelchair, the size of a small car, a homemade glider plane that must have required a great deal of self-confidence from its builder when he threw himself off a cliff above Back Beach just outside of town, televisions, and radios--it was all very impressive. Many of the rooms had working phones in them, so you could ring...

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Feb 3, 2020 - Saturday, Feb. 1

In addition to attending the auction of the sculptures we also visited the museum that is attached to the library. It is fascinating, they have a display about the origins of New Plymouth’s first settlers. Many came from Cornwall, England. It must have been a horrific trip for the majority of passengers, who came "steerage." Crowded in the bowels of the ship for over three months. Part of the display was an array of little wooden windows, titled "soiled linen", "musty air", "rope and tar" and disgustingly, "vomit." Lifting the flap and...

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Feb 2, 2020 - Roofus bath

After criss-crossing New Zealand, young Roofus was in need of a proper bath, having had the opportunity to explore many of its beaches, forests, and--for a long and anxious twenty minutes when he bounded off while my back was turned--racing around the No Dogs Allowed World Famous Hollard Gardens without a chaperone (before returning from AWOL on his own and avoiding a court-martial by showing repentance). . after all of this sight-seeing, the little beastie was a bit over-ripe. Fortunately for me and for Mom (and less so for him), New...

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Feb 1, 2020 - Friday January 31, 2020

Friday January 31, 2020 Today we went to Pukeiti Gardens. We went last year when I was here, but that was in the Spring (November) and there were lots of flowers in bloom. Then we toured the rhododendron collection. It was unbelievable, the “rhodos” (as they are called here) weren’t bushes but towering trees. Today we walked “The Valley of the Giants.” It was beautiful and truly some of the trees are giants. Along with the giant trees there were many, many giant hydrangeas. The blooms were about a foot in diameter. They were the main...

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Feb 1, 2020 - February 1st Saturday

Yesterday we decided that downtown New Plymouth needed another look at us, so spent the day wandering the avenues between the sea and the High Street.. which would be Main Street back in the Colonies. We had found a quilt shop at the far end of the shopping lane, so we sauntered up the left side of the sidewalk until we found it, and she picked up some zippy Christmas fabric for a wall-hanging pattern she found in Te Ahora. After restoring the vital tissues with some gelato for lunch, we walked down to the coastal walkway where they were...

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Jan 30, 2020 - reading material

This is just some comments on reading material Ryan collected for my entertainment. The library has a rotating display and this time it was of an artist who uses water colors to illustrate botanical books. The pictures were of rhododendrons, there were so beautiful it was hard to believe someone could draw like that. The attached pictures are of actual leaves, this gives you an idea of the size of the plants. They aren’t the bushes we see in the Northwest, but giant trees. The artist illustrated a limited-edition book for Prince Charles’s...

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Jan 28, 2020 - Meandering in New Plymouth

A relaxing day in the home port, after our jaunt down the North Island. To catch up a bit more, the middle section of the island is a great plauteau, and the elevation is some 3,000 odd feet above the Tasman Sea and the South Pacific--high enough to give it a 'high desert' feel, with miles of sandy coloured scrub grass, squat and hardy brush, and patches of pine trees. It is often flat, with the occasional mountain rearing above it all and giving interest to the horizon. When we were staying in Okuhane, the ski resort town, we decided to...

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Jan 28, 2020 - Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Today was the day for decorating decisions. Ryan's house is amazing, I am trying to talk him into doing a video tour. It is very Ryan, and incredibly beautiful, lots of color and personal touches. These include pieces of furniture he put together (barrel table) and items he designed and a carpenter built. We started out going to the "framer" shop where he picked up a picture he had framed and dropped of two more art pieces to be framed. Since I am never without an opinion I gave my advice on matting and frame. Ryan has a good "eye" and made...

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Mar 26, 2019 - leaving on a jetplane...

It has been an emotional few days, we are leaving after two years here in New Plymouth, and we don't know when we will be back (but the car is in Taranaki, so we will have to come back for that, and to visit Hayden and Honey-Rose too ;-) ) Packing up the unit takes forever. We have had days of very late nights and early mornings, and we are fair shattered. Five hours sleep last night, urk. We are finally ready for the flight to Auckland and the shuttle rings to say they are running late, and would we mind waiting at the end of the street,...

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Trip Journal


2019 tour

Nov 6, 2018 - Wellington to New Plymouth

Taranaki/New Plymouth 6th Nov 11-20°C, Partly cloudy, fine later. Picked up hire car from Thrifty at Te Aro, nice new Toyota corolla. Burning question: "Why do car hire firms persistently clean the floor mats and pedals with silicone based products?" Slipped and mis-pedalled my way out of Wellington towards hwy 3 around the west coast to New Plymouth. Stopped at the rustic 'River Cottage Cafe' at Otaki for a good breakfast & driver's fuel (coffee). Turned left at Patea for a couple of kilometres to the ocean lookout, nice view of rugged...

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Feb 14, 2018 - New Plymouth

14th Feb we arrived in New Plymouth. Planning to stay here for a couple of nights. Went for a nice walk along the coast and up to the Pukekura Park during the early evening. Lovely park with views of Mt Maranaki - which looks better with snow on the top in my opinion. Plan to do a walk up there tomorrow. Will add another updated then. That's it, bang up to date. Currently typing this in New Plymouth. Not many to go now - this time next week we will be at Melbourne airport waiting to catch our plane home.

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