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And to the friends and family that posted encouragement with such nice comments along the way, thank you all.
Mark Twain once wrote:
"Twenty years from now
you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do
than by the ones you do.
So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor.
Catch the trade winds in your sails, explore, dream, discover"
... the sun began to shine in through the wind and the sky's began to turn blue.
It was a lovely settling and a beautiful ceremony and when we came out of the church was now a warm sunny day. Ideal for the family photos and looking cool in your suit and shades.
The reception was good also. A wonderful 3 piece band welcomed us back to the Duke ...
... sporting smears of Irish flag paint! From New Plymouth I hopped on an intercity towards Hamilton to meet Rikki who I had been talking to previously and who had a spare seat in the car for a mini road trip! We made rough plans and headed up towards the bay of islands the next day. What has followed has so far has been 5 days of ...pink sheep, Zion lion sanctuary, a random night out with the locals in Paiha, a night sleeping in the car in a doc ...
... the irony of a treaty ground that mentioned equality and me being treated differently on racial grounds ...oh and I had to wear a different sticker to show I was a Johny Foreigner! Lil was in stitches . I wasn't that bothered really as coming from a tourist town I've always thought locals should get a discount anyway but I did use it for comic reference for the rest of the trip .
We walked around the museum and site , had a look at ...
... we really have saved the best till last. We could have spent all month here. Russell is gorgeous. We took a little walk down into town after we settled in and had an icecream and devised a plan of an early tea then walk down to the wharf to fish for an hour whilst Andrea read her book....yes I caught something! Not sure what it was but hey! Right early night as tomorrow is dive day!! ...