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The crossing to Picton was good but the weather stopped us taking any photographs of Queen Charlotte Sound, it was too grey and misty to do justice to one of the most awesome entrances to a port anywhere on the planet. At the hotel now next morning waiting to Skype Paula's Kids. New Zealand summers are just like ours, baking one day, chilly and …
Fri 10th Feb..... wine country We had a wonderful drive from Akaroa to Blenheim through Kaikoura (whale watching mecca). Kaikoura is on a peninsula jutting out from the coastline. We did not go on a whale watch as the sea was too rough and I do not have good sea legs!! We saw lots of fur seals and dolphins along the route - there were lots of look- …
... glory were Mark and Tony having travelled for two days solid to surprise me for my 30th!! It was amazing to see them and I cannot believe they had travelled so far to be here, truly amazing friends. Oh and Lucy didn't have tummy troubles, she was nipping out to text them as to when they were arriving, little minx!
Needless to say, the brandy flowed that evening, as did some rum and my state of shock slowly wore off and we spent the evening catching ...
... taste the grapes from over 40 different wines. Always up for a challenge, Nick and I tried every single grape. We tried the yummy, the sweet, the bitter and the plain disgusting and kept right on going. We confirmed our intense dislike of Reisling even in grape form, found some new favourites that would be worth trying, and despite sore tummies around grape number 35 we eventually reigned triumphant, library read, tasted and digested ( just). For the next couple of nights ...
... in, and noticing the huge kitchen had ovens as well as hobs, we went to town to buy some dinner from the supermarket. We were quite excited by the ovens so bought frozen breadcrumbed fish and potatoes. It doesn't sound exciting in retrospect, but it was a little reminder of home and blander flavours to what we've been used to in Asia.
The next day, armed with our wine tasting map, we headed out into ...
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