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our packers had packed our globe nicely between four cushions. 

i wonder whether the packer felt really pleased with his efforts on this.  i know i would if that was my job.

and what we’ve ended up with is an over-protected world.

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I have to say it’s very weird having christmas in new zealand

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not only do they have a masked santa (he’s been unmasked now) but it seems the world doesn’t really stop to celebrate

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unless you celebrate with a KFC turkey basket ?

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woohoo.  our container with all our stuff arrived from the UK last wednesday (when i was away for a night in Wellington)

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i’ve finally got my desktop PC back.

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and unpacking is a major task.  and really noisy with all that paper rustling.

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i still find it completely amazing that this metal box wobbled all the way across the oceans to get here. but now it’s here, and so are we.  guess we’re serious about staying then !

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there are so many funky letter boxes in new zealand i’ve started a new category for them.  here are a couple we saw yesterday.  sure beats a flap in your front door (even if ours has a cockroach living in it).

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here is rangitoto island (one of) our local dormant volcanoes.

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we got there by boat

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and everything was very crusty

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even the spiders’ webs were weird

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and the ferns roll themselves up in to kidney shapes to keep cool

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here’s the hole down the middle of the volcano at the top

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it was quite a walk to get to the top but worth it

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here’s auckland town

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and here’s the bridge i go across in the bus to get to work

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we had a picnic up the top.  our picnic was mostly very nice sandwiches made by mrs funkypancake.  but this lady next to us had a pot with curry and cooked peas which she ate with proper cutlery. we couldn’t compete with that.

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interestingly the path round the rim of the crater was made of red soil.

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this is a cat trap.

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and this is a sign about rubbish

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we explored some lava caves with torches (mrs funkypancake had read the brochure beforehand and so took her head torch)

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we emerged at the end of the lava caves to see this sign

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then it was a tramp through the dark forest

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and back down the hill and through the lava fields

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it wasn’t a hugely hot day, but these volcanic stones really absorbed the heat

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and it’s good to know prisoners built a toilet door

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we also saw a flip flop tree

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an abandoned concrete thrown

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and a geocaching travelbug

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they say new zealand is like britain was 30 years ago.  that’s certainly true when it comes to the instructions provided with the flat pack furniture

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Insert the tenon of the back rest into the mortize of the seat rest.  For more understand this instruction, perceive of the draw guide.

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all nicely completed in time for the next passing shower (which solved the problem of whether we’d ever leave the seats and table out in the rain or not).

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i love restaurants which have pictures, often signed, by previous clients.  this one jumped out at me as being particularly special.

this restaurant, ladies and gentlemen, was visited by … [pauses for effect and to gain composure] … no less than the one and only, actual Bon Jovi in 1988.

we were proud to eat in a restaurant visited by such luminaries.

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our container reached auckland docks on sunday evening.

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auckland harbour is right in the middle of the city, so i thought i’d see if i could find it

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this is the view from a boat as we went by last saturday

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i did manage to find a cruise ship though

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but at the end of the day, on the way home, i spotted our NYT boat as the bus went over the harbour bridge

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the container itself is due to arrive at our house on wednesday and thursday.

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there was a nice display of air new zealand uniforms throughout the ages at wellington airport a week or so back

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i caught them just as they were being packed away

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not sure about this last uniform …

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