an eye for the mundane
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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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