Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Stitching catchup

I did get some stitching done on the cruise and since I came home. I did end up with a terrible flu for quite a few days! It was so very tiring and the coughing was awful! Thankfully I am fully recovered now. Here are a few pictures of the ship.

 There was a glass walkway and this is what you saw as you walked across it!

I kept up with my Stitch Therapy 365 blocks. I warn you there are a lot of them! I did number 50 today. This is a fun project.

 My ninth part of Here, There and Everywhere came a few weeks ago. Am finally back onto that one too. This part is two of the borders so there is a bit more machining this month.

Monday, February 11, 2019

New Zealand continued

Our next port was Akaroa. This is a lovely place and we chose to wander around first and then did a local bus tour on amazing windy roads and steep drops into the countryside. There is quite a french influence here due to early settlers to the area.

We then headed to Dunedin. We had booked a train trip here. It was the Seaside train to Waitati. It was just there and back and the scenery was lovely. The train station is just beautiful in Dunedin.

We then headed back and had lunch at Emersons Brewery which was recommended but our tour guide on the train. Very delicious.

We then went into town for a spot of shopping and then went back to the ship. The next day was scenic cruising in the fjords. What a gorgeous place this is and the day was perfect.

Friday, February 8, 2019

New Zealand

We returned on Wednesday from our lovely cruise. It was so relaxing and we were so lucky with the calm seas and the weather. I did some stitching and crochet, read books and just had a relaxing time. Our first port was Auckland. We caught the local bus and checked out the Mt Eden crater and the great views.

Our second port was Mt Manganui and Taurunga. We hired a car and headed out to Te Aroha. Lovely scenery on the drive out and then we wandered around the town as this is where Bruce's grandfather was born. It was a gold rush town for a while and then became a spa town due to the hot springs.

In Wellington we hired a car again and headed to the Wairapa. Amazing scenery on the windy road!

 After we returned the car we walked over to the Te Papa museum. This Anzac display was so moving. These statues are twice the size of a normal person and they are real people that fought in the war. Absolutely amazing.

We also went to see the terracotta warriers (only 9 of them) but well worth the visit! 

Will continue with Akaroa next time.