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Christchuch and onward

Written on: Tuesday May 8th, 2007

AFTER OUR MTN CLIMBING EXPEDITION WE CHECKED OUT

CHRISTCHURCH AND DECIDED THAT THE DARLING COULD HAVE LIKED IT HERE. IT?S A BEAUTIFUL SMALL CITY THE SIZE OF LONDON WITH LOTS OF HISTORY.

FROM THERE WE HEADED OVER TO A SMALL TOWN CALLED AKAROA. THE BAY IS AN OLD ERUPTED VOLCANO CRATER THAT  WAS THEN FLOODED BY THE SEA. WE WENT FOR A BOAT RIDE AND SAW SOME HECTOR DOLPHINS (RARE AND THE SMALLEST) , SEALS AND THE SMALLEST PENGUIN, THE LITTLE BLUE.

YESTERDAY WE WENT TO A PLACE CALLED HAMNER SPRINGS WHICH IS WERE THE MAORI USED THE HOT SPRINGS FOR HUNDREDS OF YEARS. WE SOAKED IN THE SPRINGS FOR A FEW HOURS AND NO PAUL I DO NOT HAVE AN itsy bitsy teeny weeny yellow polka dot bikini.

WE ARE NOT IN KAIKOURA AND WENT FOR A DRIVE TO A SEAL COLONY. THESE NZ FUR SEALS ARE APPARANTLY NOT AFRAID OF PEOPLE BECAUSE THE CAR PARK WAS THERE BEFORE THEY  RETURNED TO THIS AREA AND WHEN THE TIDE IS HIGH  AND THE SEA IS ROUGH THEY TEND TO USE THE PARKING LOT AND THE ROAD AT TIMES TO REST.

JUST SOME INFO.- THERE ARE 70 MILLION POSSUMS HERE AND 40 MILLION SHEEP AND  JUST OVER 4 MILLION PEOPLE.  MOST  POWER LINE (HYDRO) POLES  HAVE AROUND THEM TIN TO STOP THE POSSUMS FROM CLIMBING UP THEM AND WE WERE TOLD THAT IF YOU SEE THEM RUN THEM OVER. NOT ME.   ORDERING COFFEE CAN BE A BIT CONFUSING BEING THAT THEY HAVE SEVERAL TO CHOOSE FROM-LONG BLACK, SHORT BLACK,LATTE, CAP, OUR FAVORITE FLAT WHITE WITH  MY BAILEYS OF COURSE. AND MANY MORE.  THE TOILETS ARE INTERESTING TOO BECAUSE MOST HAVE A CHOICE OF 2 KINDS OF FLUSHES.  WHAT EVER YOUR APPLICATION IS. HALF FLUSH FOR A PEE AND A FULL FLUSH FOR YOU KNOW WHAT.

 

BRIDGE UPDATE FROM SCOTT.

WE FOUND OUT THAT THERE IS A SIGN PRIOR TO THE BRIDGE WITH 2 ARROWS ON IT. A LARGE ONE WHICH IS BLACK OR WHITE SHOWING ONE DIRECTION AND A SMALLER ONE WHICH IS RED SHOWING THE OTHER DIRECTION.  INCASE OF A TIE TO THE BRIDGE THE ONE WITH THE SMALL RED ARROW SHOWING THERE DIRECTION OF TRAVEL MUST YEILD TO THE ONCOMMING CAR. ALL THIS MEANS IS THAT YOU MUST BE QUICKER TO THE BRIDGE IF YOU HAVE THE SMALL RED ARROW. DOES THAT MAKE SENSE?

 

From Paul and Barb on May 7th, 2007

Ok Gaby, if you don't have an itsy bitsy teeny weeny yellow polka dot bikini, we want to know what Scott looks like in his speedo? Wait a minute, no we don't. Paul has a feeling that Gaby is a full flush Girl all the time. If they have that many sheep, we wonder how the rubber boot sales are going. Could be a good business opportunity for you guys. Nice to finally hear from you. Keep us posted.

From Kristyn on May 7th, 2007

Hey there... Know what the bonus of this trip is for us? It's the education we are getting... you guys are teaching us so much about New Zealand, it's wildlife, it's vegetation, attractions, roads and so much more! I would like to know how the 110 million possums and sheep survive... and how the 4 million people tolerate them! That is just incredible! That poor Mitsibushi... you guys are tough on the ol'girl!! Might want to get that oil pan fixed before you return her!! You are adventuresome and I hope you took photos of her on the run. Well better go...thanks for the updates and have fun!!!... Oh and NO Barb we don't want to see Scott in a Speedo - Give your head a shake girl!

From Deborah on May 10th, 2007

Oh Man! I like the idea of racing for the bridge better than the arrows. Not near as much fun!!! Hey -- Gaby -- what about those possums. Have you guys had to "dodge" any of them yet LOL!!! Now about the flushing !!! Are the handles (buttons) colour coated -- and if so what colour are they!! LOL :):) Too much fun -- back to work I go -- I have golf lessons tonight you know!!!! Cheers!!!

From Pat Darling on May 10th, 2007

I am trying once more to write something. Did not succeed last 2 time. I guess I fogot to use the code. All is well here and it sounds like you guys are having a great time. Miss you. Love mom

From Barb and Mojo on May 11th, 2007

Alright, that's a lot of possums and sheep!!! Obviously someone has gone to great lengths to count all of them (poor bugger who has that job probably came up with the idea to run them over!). How nice that you have so many coffee choices, i am sure that Baileys and plain coffee was getting a little tired!Scott, thanks for the education on bridge etiquette - i guess once you've figured out the toilets, the bridges are a piece of cake? Too many arrows and colours, no wonder the possums are throwing themselves under cars! Anyway, safe trip to Australia! Love you guys!