Happy Christmas to you, readers. I invite you to join me on a short trip around New Zealand over some Christmas days which is also my birthday. Yes, I’m a Christmas baby. Hopefully you won’t see me age between 2007 and 2011! We’ll travel from the South Island to the North Island and India. You’ll also see me a my 70th birthday party with my family in Auckland. Let’s go!
Pohutukawa tree, just a baby one, in full bloom by Dunedin Harbour in the South Island. We call it the New Zealand Christmas tree.
Camping at Lake Aviemore in Central Otago about 3 hours from Dunedin where we went jet boating.
The I went gliding at Omarama in Central Otago, wild beauty and wonderful cloud formations. it’s like yachting, only even quieter, the thrill of silent speed.
2008 – There are only three routes across the Southern Alps which runs like a backbone down the South Island. all an engineering challenge. this is the Otira Viaduct in Arthur’s Pass, the central route.
In the Arthur’s Pass village, our native alpine parrot can get cheeky. They’re very clever and intimidating. This one knicked my banana!
2009 – The Auckland waterfront buzzing with boats of various kinds. In the North Island, this is the biggest city in NZ with a lovely harbour. The water sparkles with myriad lights. I had Christmas with my family, the first for several years.
2010 – A street scene in Puttaparthi, South India. I stayed on an ashram for 2 weeks. Prashanti Nilayam is the Abode of Peace, the home of Sathya Sai Baba. From a small village with no road to it, it now boasts hospitals, secondary schools, universities and an airport.
That’s me wearing the sari as part of the International Choir in the ashram. We opened the Christmas celebrations with our singing. The whole ashram was magnificently decorated by the South Africans.
2010 – me at my 70th birthday party with my family at a winery cafe North Auckland. My grandson on my left turned 17 so we had a double celebration.
A few days after the party, I took my grandchildren on a day trip to a bird sanctuary in the Waitemata Harbour, Auckland. Here’s the ferry to Tiritiri Matangi Island. Only a limited number of people are allowed on the island.
Nesting oystercatcher on Tiri. It’s nest is just a scrape in the sand.